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Mercedes at the DTM (German Touring Car Masters)

Post Date: 01st July 2016


We’ve a keen interest in Mercedes’ extensive history, from notable models to key dates – just look at our post on the inside story of Mercedes-Benz for more proof.

So it’ll come as no surprise to hear about our passion for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) or German Touring Car Masters.

The race is held at circuits around Germany, including the iconic Nürburgring and Hockenheimring, as well as other European tracks.

A brief history of the DTM

The DTM (then the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft was first introduced in 1984 and ran until 1996.

Germany’s leading car manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, decided to re-introduce the race in the year 2000, after agreeing new regulations and funding.

Incidentally, the first race was won by Mercedes-Benz with renowned German racing driver and five-times DTM champion Bernd Schneider at the helm.

Mercedes’ successes at the DTM

Mercedes have since dominated at the DTM, with 10 drivers’ titles, 172 race wins and 116 poles, making them the DTM’s most successful team to date.

The Stuttgart-based car company currently hold the 2015 title, which they’ll attempt to defend in this year’s event.

Racing fans will recall 2015 as being Mercedes most successful year in motorsport; they won both the DTM and the F1 World Championships.

Mercedes vehicles and models at the DTM

Mercedes have previously featured a number of racecars that are based on existing models, including the Mercedes-Benz CLK, C-Class and C-Coupe.

These vehicles must adhere to specific criteria and rules laid out by the DTM race board.

The technical specifications relate to a number of aspects a vehicle, including the weight, suspension, fuel capacity, brakes and the car’s engine system.

For more information about Mercedes’ extensive history, including a detailed overview the brand’s iconic camper van range, visit our blog.  

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