Thursday, August 26, 2010

1994 DTM Mercedes-Benz C-Class

This '94 Mercedes-Benz DTM racer has been fully restored to original spec by Dawn Treader Performance. It was an enormously complicated endeavour for them, as Dawn Treader's Patrick Morgan explains: 'A typical Formula 1 car restoration takes us between 2000 and 3000 hours to our standards, which are admittedly time-intensive to achieve. The DTM car has taken over 5500 hours.'
This is no show-build either - the engine has been fully rebuilt to racing tolerances and dyno-tested to ensure that it can cope with the stresses of competition.

There were six C-Class Mercedes competing in the '94 DTM season, with drivers including Klaus Ludwig and Bernd Schneider. They fought closely with the immensely competitive Alfa Romeo 155s, but Alfa ultimately notched up more wins. However, the DTM C-Class has gone down in history as one of the most complex racing cars ever campaigned, which is a very special kind of kudos.

You can read more about the rebuild here.

You can see just how heated the Merc/Alfa rivalry was in 1994 in this amazing piece of footage: Asch spins Nannini out, Nannini goes looking for revenge. Incredible.

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