125 Years of Motorsport – Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “GULLWING” W 198, 1955

125 years ago: the start of a unique success story. In July 1894, the world’s first competitive Horseless Carriages Contest takes place from Paris to Rouen. This is the initial spark that kindles Mercedes-Benz’s successful motorsport history as two of the winning cars are powered by engines developed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. For 125 years, engines and vehicles made by Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands have secured countless triumphs. Innovative technology + an the will to succeed = success. From the first competitive car race in history in 1894 to current motorsport events: the motorsport activities of Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands tell a success story that has its roots in the early days of the automobile. Since the 19th century, these racing and rally cars have frequently been seen in winning positions in sporting competitions. Their triumphs testify to innovative technology, the drivers’ uncompromising will to win and excellent teamwork. No other brand has the topic of motorsport built into its DNA over such a long period and as intensively as Mercedes-Benz.

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