- There are now two works racing cars from Mercedes-Benz Classic in historic motor sports
- For the Westfalen Trophy at the Nürburgring, Roland Asch will be at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
- Recalling the racing successes of the 1980s/90s
Stuttgart – At the 9th ADAC Westfalen Trophy held at the Nürburgring from 18 to 20 October 2013, the second works racing car from Mercedes-Benz Classic will celebrate its debut in historic motor sports. For the first time the Stuttgart-based brand is putting its Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) onto the circuit for the “Youngtimer Trophy,” with Roland Asch at the wheel. Also in the line-up will be the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111), which has taken part in the Dunlop FHR Long-distance Cup organised by “Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport e. V.” (FHR) since 2011. Fondly known as the “Racing Fin,” the car will be driven by Ellen Lohr and Amanda Stretton in the ADAC Westfalen Trophy race. Both racing cars hark back to the outstanding successes by Mercedes-Benz in the touring car races of the 1980s and 1990s (W 201), and also the 1960s (W 111).
A shining star in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM) will return to the track for this year’s Westfalen Trophy: the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, the second car now being used by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historic motor sports events. The touring car celebrated the highlights of its era, which lasted from 1990 to 1993, when it achieved a triple victory in the overall rating in 1992 (Klaus Ludwig winning the championship ahead of his team colleagues Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider), and when Roland Asch won the vice-championship in the 1993 season. Mercedes-Benz Classic has configured the car specifically for competition in historic motor sports.
The touring car known as the “Evo II” for short is the second development stage of a DTM car based on the model series 201. For the 1989 season the engineers first developed the model 190 2.5-16 Evolution from the model 190 2.3-16 then in series production. The racing version was powered by the 245 kW (333 hp) M 102 four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2,490 cubic centimetres. In the “Evo II,” the further development of this engine develops an output of 274 kW (373 hp). For homologation reasons, small series of 502 units each of the two “Evolution” variants were produced.
With its decision to use one of these cars as works car in future historic motor sports events, Mercedes-Benz Classic is continuing its strong commitment to the preservation of an undying motor racing tradition. “By taking part in the Youngtimer Trophy, we are further expanding our support for historic motor sports events,” says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “We started in 2011 with our 220 SE, which was constructed according to the authentic race regulations for the Dunlop FHR Long-distance Cup. The ‘Evo II’ is continuing this success story as a more recent and equally exciting racing car.”
The 220 SE (W 111) “Racing Fin” meets the provisions of Appendix K in the international sporting rules of the FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile). The car is primarily intended for use in the Dunlop FHR Long-distance Cup – the world’s major historic long-distance race series according to Appendix K.
The 9th ADAC Westfalen Trophy at the Nürburgring from 18 to 20 October 2013 is the perfect event for the appearance of the two Mercedes-Benz works cars: this is where the newly constructed “Fintail” made its first race appearance for the FHR Long-distance Cup in 2011, and where the grey touring car with the unmistakable parking guides immediately achieved a class victory. In 1990, the Nürburgring was also the venue for the first competitive appearance of a 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II.
The three-day programme of the Westfalen Trophy is replete with motor sports highlights. All in all, more than 500 cars will take to the starting line in 11 race series. The motor sports festival in the Eifel region is particularly exciting because the Westfalen Trophy marks the end of the season for several race series – one of them the Dunlop FHR Long-distance Cup, where the drivers compete in a 2-hour race.