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  1. 1. THE PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE2008 FORMULA 1 THE RACETRACK ARCHITECT LEGEND THE SPEEDBOAT DREAM TEAM IN MIAMI EVOLUTION THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE C 63 AMG ROAD STAR THE NEW SL 63 AMG
  2. 2. BOUNDLESSTHE POWERFULELEGANCEOF THE DESIGNICON FROMAFFALTERBACHSHINESTHROUGH
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  4. 4. NEWPERSPECTIVESOPEN UPWITH THEPANORAMIC VIEW.THE WILLINGNESSOF THE ROADSTERTO PERFORMACHIEVESNEW DIMENSIONS AMG 2008 5
  5. 5. SELF-ASSURANCEIS EMBEDDEDIN THE GAZEOF THE LEGENDARYTWO-SEATER.STRIKING LINESEMPHASISEITS ENORMOUSPOTENTIAL
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  8. 8. ATTRACTIVEAND ASSUREDTHE FIRSTCLASSOF THE CARWORLDPRESENTSITSELF AMG 2008 9
  9. 9. NOBLE POISE THE EXPRESSION OF PERFECT POSTURE, REFLECTED IN EVERY DETAIL OF THE REFINED ATHLETE10 AMG 2008
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  11. 11. EVENING TRANQUILITY: PHOTOSHOOT AT THE EL MIRAGE SALT LAKE IN NEVADA/USA12 AMG 2008
  12. 12. We at Mercedes-AMG are proud. The 525 hp (386 kW) has been trans- The Formula 1 of the seas is dominat-Proud of the latest evolutionary phase lated into maximum speed records ed by Skip Braver. A dedicated AMGof our most successful model: the SL thanks to a futuristic innovation from fan, Skip is head of the famousRoadster. Known as the SL 63 AMG, AMG: the SPEEDSHIFT MCT-7 speed “Cigarette Racing Team” in Florida.the car naturally impresses at first sports transmission. This acts with the 260 meters above the seabed on 50glance with its extremely eye-catching speed of an experienced racing driver, centimeters of frozen water, Bernddesign, the new front apron, the high- while the special RACE START function Mayländer, who drives the official F1™gloss of the radiator grill or the special- also allows you to experience a real safety car, coaches the participants inly designed AMG engine hood. rocket launch – with no shift interrup- the AMG Winter Sporting event in tion until you reach high speed. northern Sweden in the delicate art ofWhen you experience the elemental We at AMG are extremely proud of our ice dance with the AMG models C 63force of its 6.3 liter V8 engine, you will top star for 2008. Form is comple- AMG, CLK 63 AMG and SLK 55 AMGbe happy to know that the new star of mented by perfect function. Black Series.the AMG cosmos has internally venti- With so much talk of speed, I hope youlated and perforated brake discs. One Top-quality performance – such as the enjoy a few moments of cerebralreason why the exciting body of the SL SL 63 AMG – is the theme of this lat- pleasure. Savor the world of Mercedes-63 AMG can accelerate from 0 to 100 est edition of AMG Magazine. In the AMG, which has a lot in common withkm/h in just 4.6 seconds is the 630 Nm kingdom of Bahrain Formula 1 race the new SL 63 AMG: fascinating goodtorque. An almost primeval force is course designer Hermann Tilke looks, unique technology, and a littlebrought under control on the tarmac. describes the architecture of speed. taste of things to come - right now.YoursVolker MornhinwegChairman of the management board Mercedes-AMG AMG 2008 13
  13. 13. PORTRAIT“BENDS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A REASON”HERMANN TILKE AMG 2008 17
  14. 14. THE ARCHITECT OF SPEED AND HISNEWEST MASTERPIECE: HERMANN TILKEON THE HOME STRAIGHT OF THEBAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
  15. 15. LORDOF THERINGSRACETRACKDESIGNERHERMANN TILKEIN BAHRAIN TEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER AMG 2008 19
  16. 16. A GERMAN ARCHITECT IS PLANNING THEWORLD’S NEWEST RACETRACK FOR BERNIEECCLESTONE AND HIS FORMULA 1.HIS NAME: HERMANN TILKE. HIS TRADE-MARK: A RELAXED ATTITUDE. MEETING USIN BAHRAIN, AT THE FIRST FORMULA 1CIRCUIT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, TILKEEXPLAINED THE LOGIC BEHIND THE BENDSAND STRAIGHTS AND REVEALS WHYRACING CARS HAVE A PROMISING FUTURET he Formula 1 god is human after all. and fine sand is blown across the asphalt. link; he always keeps the small one in his He is 1.86 meters tall, wears jackets Storms can make the surface as smooth as pocket as he jets back and forth between and jeans, has a firm handshake and glass - a very special challenge for the drivers building sites in different continents andsmiles with his eyes. It is quite possible that of the high-tech Formula 1 racing cars. cultures.Hermann Tilke was already optimistic when,aged 18, he secretly pushed his mother’s car S heik Hashim doesn’t see the desert H ermann Tilke’s racetracks are con-out of the garage, modified the drive train and as a problem, after all it is his native sidered the safest and most difficultdrove to his first mountain race. He has cer- soil. His G 55 AMG Kompressor in the world. “These days driverstainly retained a youthful smile when he talks must have dreamt of these conditions when it rarely make mistakes. To keep things interest-about racing and cars. Only the first racing left the car plant in Affalterbach. In the mid- ing, we build as many potential traps as possi-car, his mother’s, is gone. Tilke’s garage now day sun the special paint finish on the classic ble and provide fast overtaking lines. Formula 1basks in the light of a Mercedes star. all-terrain vehicle shines like golden sand. has now reached such a high level that with-“When did I grow up? I hope I never will,” says Under the hood lies a 500 hp engine, ready out these features it can get boring.” The diffi-Tilke who sits down and closes his eyes to to spring into action and to fill the silence cur- culties of his chicanes are readily apparentdraw the course of the Bahrain International rently enveloping the course with the unmis- on the Playstation that allows you to drive theCircuit. Drivers can expect plenty of chal- takable V8 sound. “I love it!” says the Sheik Bahrain circuit in the form of a computerlenges on the 5,417 meter desert course, cre- enthusiastically. This member of the royal game: “I’m no better on my own courses thanated on the design computers of the German family who has commissioned the German to on any other,” says Tilke. Of course, once thestar architect and his team. There are five left build the racetrack meets Tilke in the Sakhir- track is complete, the Aachen-based architect,hand bends and seven right hand bends to be Tower, the eight-floor VIP tower that is the cir- himself an amateur racing driver, will have thenegotiated before they can reach top speeds cuit’s landmark. When the first Formula 1 race opportunity to try out the course for himself.of up to 317 km/h on the 1,090 meter on Arab soil was held in Bahrain in 2004, Tilke The German course designer’s recipe for suc-start/finish straights. The hilly site is sur- received an award from the King. Or, to put it cess is simple enough: Tilke believes in him-rounded by just desert and rocks. The con- more precisely, five awards ranging from din- self and in the future of motor racing - and hestant wind makes for slightly chilly conditions, ner-plate size to something as small as a cuff- really loves what he does. “Ferdinand Porsche20 AMG 2008
  17. 17. CLEAR CONTOURS PICTURED IN THE DESERTSAND: THE LAYOUT OF THE RACETRACKINSPIRES PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FORMULA 1DRIVERS ALIKE
  18. 18. THE BAHRAIN COURSESTONES AND SAND WERE IMPORTED ESPECIALLYFROM MALAYSIA AND WALES FOR THE 5,417 METERCOURSE OF THE BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT –THE REASON: THE BAHRAINIS PROTECT THEIR DESERTLIKE A VALUABLE NATURAL RESOURCE. THE IMAGEOF THE FIRST FORMULA 1 COURSE IN THE ORIENT ISDISTINGUISHED BY THE CONTRAST BETWEEN STRAIGHTLINES AND SWEEPING CURVES.IMPRESSIVE AND FAST: THE 1,090 METER STARTAND HOME STRAIGHT, ON WHICH A RECORD SPEED OF317 KM/H WAS RECENTLY MEASURED.CREATIVELY AND EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE AMG MAGAZINE:HERMANN TILKE’S SKETCH OF HIS CREATION.
  19. 19. ART IN THE DESERT EXPANSE: THE DESIGN OF THE LINESRESEMBLES ABSTRACT PAINTING – FULL OF TENSION,BUT HARMONIOUS. A DISCERNING COMPOSITION, FROM THISCALCULATING ARCHITECTURE OF SPEED AMG 2008 23
  20. 20. HERMANN TILKE’S RACETRACKS ARE REGARDEDAS THE MOST DIFFICULT IN THE WORLD,BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE SAFEST–TWO IMPORTANT ARGUMENTS FOR SHEIKHASHIM’S FAMILY. BAHRAIN’S SOVEREIGNCOMMISSIONED THE FORMULA 1 PROJECT N owadays, Hermann Tilke and his partner Peter Wahl manage a team of 120 engineers and architects which has already developed over 40 racetracks throughout the world. There are three courses currently under construction in Russia: “These aren’t Formula 1 tracks, but would be suitable for Formula 1,” says Tilke with a twinkle in his eye. Applying a congenial mixture of imagina- tion and technical expertise, the Tilke team works on chicanes, bends and brake pointsonce said: The last ever car will be a sports Under his direction, several hotels and semi- that are tested again and again in computercar. I say: The last ever car will be a racing nar buildings are also to be built on the 2,500 simulations and, when in doubt, discussedcar.” For Tilke the best example of the change hectare Yas island. Artificial hills will ensure with Michael Schumacher. “We can build onein mobility is the horse. “In earlier times trans- that there will be enough rises and falls on the or two new features per track. Bends must al-port would have been unthinkable without originally level site when the circuit opens in ways make sense.” If the topography doesn’thorses - now they are only there for pleasure 2009, while the remaining two-and-a-half kilo- play along, Tilke will help a little by buildingand sport.” meters of the course will pass the lively mari- lakes or hills where Mother Nature forgot to na. His friend and adviser Bernie Ecclestone is put them. In Bahrain he learned how toT he 53-year-old architect leads a life very enthusiastic because he wants to bring change the desert. “There was no material. in which differences are there to be Formula 1 back to its urban roots, back to the Because the Bahrainis protect their desert the bridged. If he were a country he people. Tilke’s first meeting with the F1-impre- same way we Germans protect our forests, wewould probably be Switzerland: neutral, toler- sario was a decisive step into this major sport- even had to import the sand. We shipped inant, and independent. This is the only way to ing arena. What began in the mid-1990’s with the rocks from Wales and Malaysia.”cope with the confusion of the life of a wan- a commission for a short access road for the When it comes to the architecture of thederer between two worlds, the Orient and the Nürburgring, took off in 2002 with the plan- buildings on the circuit, Tilke always takes hisOccident. In Abu Dhabi, the capital of the ning of the new course. At the first race on cue from the building traditions of the coun-United Arab Emirates, a 5,000 meter Formula 1 the new course Ecclestone wanted to meet try. Thus the racetrack opened in Shanghai incircuit is currently under construction, a the man behind the new design. “And that 2004 follows the shape of the Chinese charac-project in which Tilke aims to surpass himself. was me.” ter for the name of the city “Shang”, while in24 AMG 2008
  21. 21. CATCHING UP: SHEIK HASHIM DRIVES TOTHE CIRCUIT ESPECIALLY TO SEE HERMANNTILKE. HIS CAR, FITTING FOR HIS POSITION:A G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR AMG 2008 25
  22. 22. PERFECTION ON THE TRACK: ELECTRONIC SENSORS ARE EMBEDDED IN THE ENDLESS STRIP OF ASPHALT AT DEFINED POINTS. THEY ALLOW MEASUREMENT OF PARTICULAR RELEVANT SECTOR SPEEDS26 AMG 2008
  23. 23. PASSION AND PROFESSIONALISMARE MERGED PERFECTLY IN THEPERSON OF HERMANN TILKE.AT 18, THE ARCHITECT HAD ALREADYBEGUN CAR RACING. A PASSION TOWHICH HE HAS REMAINED LOYALBahrain traditional Arab Bedouin tents and ternational projects with budgets of many mil- changing “Tree of Life”, one of the landmarkswind towers were the model for the unmistak- lions are planned, sat seamstresses at their of Bahrain. This is a gigantic natural greenable look of the two grandstands. The best machines 200 years ago. “Old buildings have wonder in the middle of the endless dust andideas are hatched on site: “In Malaysia we a flair that new structures take a long time to lifeless stones. When Hermann Tilke asked thewanted to produce something organic. Peter develop.” When it comes to the futuristic ar- Crown Prince the secret of the 400-year-oldand I developed the idea of echoing the shape chitecture of the Gulf States with their ambi- evergreen mesquite tree, the answer was:of banana leaves in the roof of the grandstand tious designs, the engineer is undecided. “I “One doesn’t need to know everything.” It waswhile having dinner one evening.” Can’t be don’t know if I like it. They want to create one an answer that he liked.done is not a phrase in Tilke’s vocabulary. And icon after another, but it’s the same as withif, as happened in Abu Dhabi, a design some- monuments – you can’t create them yourself.”times reaches too high for local conditions, he At present things come and go in the Arabwill simply turn over the glazed pinnacle of the world faster than anywhere else. This is appar-building and allow it to overhang the sea. ent in the evenings, when the shadows of the traditional fishing boats in the harbor mergeS omehow this European architect fits with the mirror-glass silhouette of the capital in perfectly in this futuristic environ- Manama. And during the day, when a sound ment where monarchs can fulfill system that would be the envy of any rocktheir dreams with an adventurous mix of com- star carries the call of the muezzin as far asposure and radical temperament. On a per- the fitting rooms of the designer shops in thesonal level, Tilke also unites tradition and city’s shopping malls. The boundaries be-modernity, but with a different emphasis. His tween what is and what will be are beginninghome in Aachen is not one of his own steel to blur: the driver’s enclosure of the new For-and glass design, but rather an old villa with a mula 1 track was once a camel farm. Just alookout tower from which a Prussian general, few miles further, in the middle of the desertwho moved there in 1913, could monitor the and not far from the Gulf region’s first oil well,German-Belgian border. His offices are opened in 1931, and more than a kilometerhoused in an old shirt factory: here, where in- from the nearest water source, is the un- AMG 2008 27
  24. 24. MEDICAL CAR THE AMG MERCEDES WAS FIRST EMPLOYED AS THE FORMULA 1 MEDICAL CAR AS EARLY AS 1984. AMG HAS PROVIDED THE MEDICAL AND SAFETY CARS PERMA- NENTLY SINCE 1996. AMG TOOK THE CONSTANTLY IMPROVING SAFETY STANDARDS IN FORMULA 1 AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUOUSLY OPTIMISE THE MEDICAL CAR AS WELL. BECAUSE SECONDS CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH IN AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE, THE DRIVING DYNAMICS OF THE TEXT FRANK MÜHLING PHOTO SIMAYER/MARTENS MEDICAL CAR IS THE FOCUS. WHILE TWELVE YEARS AGO A C 36 AMG SEDAN WITH 206 KW / 280 HP WAS USED, BASICALLY A PRODUCTION MODEL, FOR THE 2008 FORMULA 1 SEASON A COMPREHENSIVELY MODIFIED C 63 AMG T-MODEL, WITH 336 KW / 457 HP, GUARANTEES MAXIMUM SAFETY.28 AMG 2008
  25. 25. FIRST AIDAT TOPSPEEDTHE FASTEST DOCTORS IN THE CARWORLD DRIVE AN AMG MERCEDES.IN THE 2008 FORMULA 1 SEASON,THE C 63 AMG T-MODEL WILL STARTAS THE OFFICIAL F1™ MEDICAL CAR N ormally when medical practitioners Here, experience and know-how are what drive to work in a Mercedes T-mod- count. The AMG team has plenty of both, el, they value the high level of driv- which is demonstrated by the simple fact that ing comfort and the quiet, ecologically com- the same team looks after the Formula 1 patible engine. For Dr. Gary Hartstein and Dr. Safety Car, the SL 63 AMG in its special de- Jacques Tropenat, it’s a very different story. sign as official F1™ safety car. For them, power and speed are all that mat- ter. The doctors commissioned by the FIA are Born in America, Dr. Gary Hartstein (52) is, as responsible for emergency care in Formula 1 official FIA Rescue coordinator, responsible – and here, it simply all comes down to the for the management of all rescue operations. second. Their workplace is the new official As passenger, he puts his trust in the driving F1™ medical car, based on the C 63 AMG skills of his colleague, Dr. Jacques Tropenat T-model. The high-performance station wagon (55). The French amateur racing driver has al- is powered by an AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine, ready been a participant in the Dakar desert with 336 kW/457 hp and 600 Nm. Accelera- rally, and has been driving the Formula 1 tion: 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, top speed medical car for seven years. 280 km/h. In short: Dr. Gary Hartstein and Dr. Jacques Tropenat are the fastest doctors In the current 2008 season, both doctors are in the world – and AMG has built the perfect sitting in the keenest medical car ever. It’s car for them. not just the finest motor sport technology in the high-revving AMG V8 naturally aspirated The C 63 AMG station wagon for Formula 1 engine that fascinates, but also the power was developed by specialists of the AMG De- train, running gear and braking system. And velopment Team and the AMG Performance in the end, that’s where the roots of AMG lie. Studio – and constructed completely by hand. A quick look over this unique C 63 AMG T- AMG 2008 29
  26. 26. SAFETY CAR THE SAFETY CAR PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE FORMULA 1 SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS. IN 2008, THE NEWLY DEVELOPED SL 63 AMG WILL BE USED. IN LINE WITH THE DEMANDING TASK OF LEADING THE FASTEST RACING DRIVERS IN THE WORLD AROUND A COURSE IN CRITICAL SITUATIONS, THE TRACK PERFORMANCE OF THE TWO-SEATER HAS BEEN OPTIMISED FURTHER. VARI- OUS WEIGHT-REDUCING MEASURES HAVE REDUCED THE TARE WEIGHT OF 220 KG. TOGETHER WITH THE NEW, VARIOUSLY ADJUSTABLE ALUMINIUM SUSPENSION COILS, THIS RESULTS IN HIGHER TURN SPEEDS. A 35 PERCENT DIFFERENTIAL LOCK. WHEN SAFETY CAR THE COOLING AND BRAKING SYSTEMS ALSO OFFER IM- DRIVER BERND MAYLÄNDER (36) HITS THE TRACK IN THE PROVED PERFORMANCE COMPARED TO ITS PRODUC- SL 63 AMG, THE FORMER GERMAN TOURING CAR CHAM- TION-MODEL COUNTERPART. THE MOTOR AND DRIVE PIONSHIP DRIVER HAS TO LEAD THE FIELD UNTIL THE TRAIN, IN CONTRAST, REMAIN LARGELY UNCHANGED. CRITICAL SITUATION HAS BEEN DEFUSED. MAYLÄNDER THE 6.3 LITER AMG NATURALLY ASPIRATED V8 ENGINE IS CALLED UPON EVEN WHEN BAD WEATHER IMPAIRS GENERATES 386 KW / 525 HP AND 630 NM, AND ACCEL- A NORMAL START TO THE RACE: THEN, THE FORMULA 1 ERATES THE SL 63 AMG OFFICIAL F1™ SAFETY CAR TO MACHINES START FROM BEHIND THE SAFETY CAR. 100 KM/H IN 4.4 SECONDS. THE NEW AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-SPEED SPORT TRANSMISSION WITH WET START- ING CLUTCH, RACE START FUNCTION, FOUR DRIVING MODES AND AN AUTOMATIC THROTTLE-BLIPPING FUNC- TION TRANSFERS POWER TO THE REAR WHEELS VIA30 AMG 2008
  27. 27. THE SAFETY CAR IS AN-OTHER ELEMENTARYBUILDING BLOCK IN THESAFETY CONCEPT OFFORMULA 1. ALONGSIDETHE MEDICAL CAR, WHICHESCORTS THE RACE DOC-TORS TO AN ACCIDENTSCENE AS QUICKLY AS model quickly gives away the special position- maximum side-hold is provided for each of ing of the car. Broad, bullish and squat – this them in fast turns. In each Grand Prix, otherPOSSIBLE, THE SAFETY CAR station wagon simply belongs on the race- local doctors occupy the rear section.LEADS THE FORMULA 1 track.DRIVERS AROUND THE Large openings in the new front apron supply A two-way radio facilitates communicationCOURSE SAFELY IN CRITI- the ample radiator with air. Separate vents on with race management. On two monitors, one the lower left and right conduct fresh air to in the front and one in the rear, the medicalCAL RACE SITUATIONS, the heavily stressed brakes on the front axle. car team follows the racing events live. Differ-SUCH AS AFTER AN ACCI- Powerful six-piston callipers grasp internally ent switches for the activation of variousDENT OR IN THE CASE OF ventilated, perforated 360 x 36 mm discs. For flashing lights are located on the instrumentEXTREME WEATHER. BOTH improved heat dissipation the AMG engineers panel, such as for the roof light bar and the trust in the tried and tested motorsport com- “Medical Car” numberplate, lighted withVEHICLES ARE INDISPENSI- posite technology, in which floating cast iron LEDs.BLE COMPONENTS OF THE discs are joined to an aluminium pot.EFFORT TO MAKE FORMU- With 485 liters of luggage space, the fastLA 1 AS SAFE AS POSSI- T he technicians have also given their T-model offers plenty of room for the emer- full attention to the cooling of the gency equipment of the Formula 1 doctors.BLE. AMG MODELS HAVE motor: A larger high-performance Accordingly, a defibrillator for the restorationBEEN USED CONTINUOUSLY radiator guarantees the absence of any heat of cardiac functions is always on board. In ad-AND EXCLUSIVELY AS issues, as do the two additional external mo- dition, an artificial respirator and an infusion tor oil coolers in the front apron. Because it set for the stabilisation of circulation standMEDICAL AND SAFETY gets pretty hot when 22 Formula 1 drivers are ready.CARS SINCE 1996 on their way from the starting line to the first It’s clear, then, that neither AMG nor the re- turn. The medical car always follows for a full sponsible FIA officials have left a single detail lap, because the start is fundamentally the to chance. The medical car is perfectly pre- most dangerous period in a Grand Prix. pared – though everyone would be happy if its trip around the track is only precautionary, Regardless of whether the asphalt is dry, and it never has to be deployed in a serious damp or wet – the 3 stage ESP® enables case. maximum driving safety. Three different modes are available at the push of a button, so that Dr. Jacques Tropenat can reach his destination without risk, but at the same time as quickly as possible. Two AMG aluminium steering wheel paddles enable manual gear selection. Just like in the Formula 1 machines of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. A further look around the interior of the med- ical car reveals four AMG sports bucket seats. Thus, this C 63 AMG T-model is probably one of few station wagons around which offers space for only four occupants – but thanks to the bucket seats and four-point seatbelts, AMG 2008 31
  28. 28. A Daimler Brand. www.mercedes-amg.com A Daimler Brand. www.mercedes-amg.com The day Italians st The day Italians st dreaming in Germ dreaming in Germ Mercedes SLSL 63 AMG. different fast. Mercedes 63 AMG. A A different fast. Combined fuel fuel consumption: 13.9 l/100 km, urban: 21.4 l/100 km, extra-urban:l/100 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 330 g/km. Combined consumption: 13.9 l/100 km, urban: 21.4 l/100 km, extra-urban: 9.5 9.5 l/km; combined CO2 emissions: 330 g/km. The figuresfigures do not express any description emissions or fuel or fuel consumption ofare notare not part offer, and are intended to compare types of vehicles only. only. The do not express any description of the of the emissions consumption of a car, a car, part of any of any offer, and are intended to compare types of vehicles
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  31. 31. PINK SIGNALTHE STARRY FIRMAMENT OF MERCEDES-AMG IS DOMINATED BY VISIONARY TECHNO-LOGICAL BRILLIANCE AND PERFECT CRAFTSMANSHIP. NOTHING IS LEFT TO CHANCE.THIS PRINCIPLE EVEN APPLIES TO THE UNASSUMING PINK CLEANING CLOTHSTEXT THOMAS SCHULZ PHOTO CHRISTOPH MORLOKA t first glance these might seem like Color coding in the cotton cloths is used to and worn-out cloths are replaced with new ordinary everyday cloths - nothing indicate their area of use. While the blue ones. With the thoroughness you’d expect special. Just lying around. An unre- cloths and those with a white strip are used from a Swabian company, the partner of AMGmarkable color. Ready for any task. Hardly in the mechanically robust world of the work- in Weil im Schönbuch has an ISO 14001-certi-worth mentioning. On the other hand, these shop, the pink cloths are taken directly to the fied environmental management system.cloths are not just used anywhere. They are engine manufacturing plant and engine devel-the cloths used in the Mercedes-AMG engine opment department of Mercedes-AMG. The This consistent sequence in the lifecycle ofmanufacturing plant. That gives you plenty to pink cloths are as soft as they are absorbent the pink cloth is not the result of an accoun-think about. Naturally their primary task is to and, most importantly of all, do not leave any tant’s penny-pinching. Although this would bebe used in the human hand as universal in- lint behind. Without complaint they mop up a quality feature in the strictest sense, it isstruments that ensure cleanliness. In other oil spills, remove greasy fingerprints and simply part of the self-imposed dedication toplaces they might be treated with disinterest clean tools. However, when it comes to the perfectionism familiar in all areas of produc-or even disdain. extremely sensitive area of engine construc- tion at Mercedes-AMG. In other words: noth- tion, which requires conditions similar to a ing is left to chance.But not here. clean room, not a single particle of dust, nor a single cotton fiber can be left behind inside Thus, the apparently unassuming pink clothThe cloths begin their career in Weil im the engine. shows that it’s the little things that makeSchönbuch, a leafy idyllic town near great things great.Stuttgart, Germany. A local company special- An article with a street value of just a fewizes in work wear and cleaning solutions. It cents triumphs in a world of sinfully expen-produces cleaning materials and aids of all sive precision tools - isn’t that odd?kinds - including cloths. Here at the manufac-turers premises they still talk of “workshop Yes, but it is also part of an overall concept.cloths” with a certain lack of emotion. How- The pink cloth separates the outside world ofever, things change immediately the cloths the workshop from the interior world of thepass through the factory gates in the compa- engine to a certain extent, while acting as any’s own fleet of delivery trucks. visible link between the two worlds.Carefully treated and packed into cardboard Saturated and filthy, the ubiquitous cotton he-boxes, the cloths undertake the journey from roes aren’t simply thrown away after use. In-Weil im Schönbuch to Affalterbach every four stead they are collected in specially providedweeks, 9,000 of them in all. Each cloth meas- containers and the next time the pink clothures 42 by 38 centimeters and has a small service calls, 9,000 of them are transportedgray strip with the company’s name. The real back to Weil im Schönbuch. Although thework begins after the unpacking is done. service life of the material is long, it is finite, AMG 2008 35
  32. 32. SHOW ROOM 1 ML 63 AMG THE SOVEREIGN CYLINDERS V8 DISPLACEMENT CM3 6,208 RATED OUTPUT KW/HP 375/510 AT 1/MIN 6,800 TORQUE NM 630 AT 1/MIN 5,200 DRIVETRAIN AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC 0 -100 KM/H S 5.0 TOP SPEED KM/H 250 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED36 AMG 2008
  33. 33. NEW STYLE ATTRACTIVE AMG 20-INCH LIGHT-ALLOY WHEELS (ON REQUEST: 21-INCH) WITH WIDE 295 TIRES, ALUMINIUM-LOOK ROOF RAILS AND AN EXPOSED SIDE MIRROR GIVE THE ML 63 AMG A NEW LOOKNEW OPTICS AND EVEN 630 Newton meters at 5.200/min. The agile fulfills the highest standards for driving dy- high-speed V8 enables phenomenal accelera- namism and comfort: the adaptive dampingBETTER EQUIPMENT: tion from zero to 100 km/h in phenomenal system ADS allows to select the suspensionPRECISE RETOUCHES MAKE 5.0 seconds and an electronically limited setup, while a ride-height control systemTHE ML 63 AMG EVEN maximum speed of 250 km/h. Figures usual- automatically lowers the body of the car at ly known from the sports car league. higher speeds.MORE ATTRACTIVE. The ML 63 AMG from the age-group 2008 Inside, the ML 63 AMG features a high-classUNCHANGED CHARACTER: has, above all, plenty of highly visible new yet functional finish. The new highlight is theWHERE THERE’S A features: the modified front apron with the AMG ergonomic steering wheel with silverPURPOSE, THERE’S A WAY – chromed under-chassis protection and the aluminum paddles for manual gear changing. high-gloss black grille in the lower air vent are The lower spokes of the steering wheel carryVERY SAFE, VERY FAST real eye-catchers. New headlamps and the a silver trim, while perforated leather on the new AMG specific radiator grill round off the steering wheel grip optimise handling. The picture. AMG has sports seats with alcantara inserts There is a matching chromed under-chassis in the shoulder area and nappa leather trim.T here are those cars that just take us protector on the back. If you choose the op- The interior can be turned into something safely from A to B; and there are tional Bi-Xenon headlamps, the darkened rear really special by having the top of the instru- cars that can take us anywhere. But lights will be replaced with LED rear lamps in ment panel covered in nappa leather, too.there is only one that does it particularly fast clear glass finish. Something else new: the Logical controls and perfect entertainmentand powerful: the ML 63 AMG. The perform- aluminum side mirrors and roof rails. are united in the new on-board audio andance SUV from the Affalterbach stable is a Measuring 20 instead of 19 inches, the new navigation systems of the ML 63 AMG.symbol of pure sovereignty. A glance at the AMG metal alloy wheels are now one size big- Whether you are traveling to meet a businesstechnical specifications explains why: the ger. The ten-inch-wide titanium gray painted partner or on the way to an exclusive offroad-AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine and the AMG SPEED- AMG alloy wheels in the eye-catching five- destination, the new telematic generation willSHIFT 7G-TRONIC meet the permanent four- spoke design are fitted with 295/40 R 20 navigate you safely, quickly, and conveniently.wheel drive with asymmetrical power devel- wide tires. Something even more impressive Getting away from the beaten track andopment. In the final analysis, the 100 percent is available to fill your wheel arches on re- enjoying the attractions of dynamic driving –independently developed eight-cylinder aspi- quest: 21 inch AMG wheels in double-spoke one of the main strengths of the new ML 63rated engine provides a top performance of design with 295/35 R 21 tires. AMG. The M-Class top model apparently375 kW/510 hp at 6.800 rpm and a torque of The AIRMATIC-based AMG sports suspension knows no limits. UNDER CONTROL THE NEWLY STYLED AMG ERGONOMIC SPORTS STEERING WHEEL AND THE AMG SPORTS SEATS WITH ALCANTARA INSERTS, OPTIMISE HAND- LING. AS AN ADDITIONAL FEATURE, A NAPPA LEATHER COVER FOR THE INSTRUMENT PANEL IS AVAILABLE AS AN OPTION AMG 2008 37
  34. 34. SHOW ROOM 2 SLK 55 AMG THE EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE CYLINDERS V8 DISPLACEMENT CM3 5,439 RATED OUTPUT KW/HP 265/360 AT 1/MIN 5,750 TORQUE NM 510 AT 1/MIN 4,000 DRIVETRAIN AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC 0 -100 KM/H S 4.9 TOP SPEED KM/H 250 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED38 AMG 2008
  35. 35. VERY DIRECT THE NEW DIRECT STEERING SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE STEERING RATIO GUARANTEES CONSUMMATE DRIVING DYNAMICS. THE AMG ERGONOMIC SPORTS STEERING WHEEL WITH SILVER BRACE INTENSIFIES THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DRIVER AND VEHICLETHANKS TO FINE REVI- headlights intensify this superior impression. paddle switches and three driving modes, the External mirrors, with more reflective surface, 7-speed automatic responds even more im-SIONS, THE NEW SLK 55 and arrow-shaped side indicators give the mediately. In “M” and “S” gear changes areAMG FASCINATES AES- roadster a dynamic note. around ten percent faster than previously.THETICALLY AS WELL AS The same is true for the new 18 inch AMG This is made possible by new gearbox compo- multi-spoke alloy wheels: The titan-grey paint nents, as well as by a new motor and gearboxTECHNOLOGICALLY. THE and the polished metal rim star provide effec- control system. Positive side-effect: a moreEXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE tive contrasts. 225/40 tires at the front and comfortable shifting process.PRESENTS ITSELF AS MORE 245/35 tires at the rear give the SLK out- The interior of the SLK 55 AMG presents theSTRIKING AND AGILE standing road hold. new AMG ergonomic three-spoke sports The sportscar-like handling was always a steering wheel as well as the AMG instrument great talent of the SLK 55 AMG. Hard to be- panel with silver-red needles. AMG sportsS ome decisions require vision, some lieve, but an improvement is still possible, by seats, with alcantara inserts for improved require courage. Better still when means of the recently developed, standard in side hold, and nappa leather upholstery, the two are connected. Best exam- the SLK 55 AMG direct steering with variable come as standard. Brand new is the latestple of this: The idea of combining a large- steering assistance. The innovative steering generation of telematics. All radio and naviga-volume eight-cylinder engine with a compact rack allows a spreading of the gear transmis- tion systems are user-friendly and provideroadster. The result appeared in 2004 and sion ratio from 15.8:1 to 11.5:1. When driven extra functions.was called SLK 55 AMG. With a capacity on curvy terrain, the advantage of immediate, Specially customised for races is the optionalof 5.5 liters, a maximum output of 360 hp direct responsive behaviour from a steering AMG Performance Package. It includes the(265 kW) and a maximum torque of 510 Nm, angle of about five degrees is tangible. Be- AMG high-performance braking system, withthe Roadster was absolutely unique. His char- sides the gain in agility, the driver also profits 360 x 32 mm internally ventilated and perfo-acteristic AMG V8 sound became the audible from more comfort when parking or turning rated brake discs on the front axle, and 330 xsignal of this composition. sharply, as only little more than two turns of 26 mm internally ventilated and perforatedSo that this remains the case in the future, the steering wheel are required from lock to brake discs on the rear axle. The PackageAMG has given him a well-tempered tuning. lock. also includes AMG performance suspension,A greater aesthetic presence of the SLK 55 Driving dynamics of the highest level, assured multi-part 18 inch AMG double-spoke alloyAMG is granted by a more sharply tapered not only by the AMG sports suspension, but wheels, the AMG performance steeringfront apron with modified Mercedes star, larg- also by the AMG high-performance braking wheel, with flattened bottom section and re-er cooling air vents and a black lower cross system. The same applies to the AMG SPEED- duced diameter, and AMG carbon trim in themember. The new, dark-colored projection SHIFT 7G-TRONIC: Thanks to steering wheel interior. Conclusion: pure emotion. ALL SENSES ENJOY THE TYPICAL AMG V8 SOUND FROM TWO DOUBLE EXHAUST PIPES WITH THE OPEN VARIO ROOF – THIS EXTRAORDINARY PLEASURE CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED IN THE SLK 55 AMG AMG 2008 39
  36. 36. SHOW ROOM 3 CLS 63 AMG THE ORIGINAL AS ICON CYLINDERS V8 DISPLACEMENT CM3 6,208 RATED OUTPUT KW/HP 378/514 AT1/MIN 6,800 TORQUE NM 630 AT 1/MIN 5,200 DRIVETRAIN AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC 0 -100 KM/H S 4.5 TOP SPEED KM/H 250 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED40 AMG 2008
  37. 37. SHINING LIGHT THE INIMITABLY CURVED HEADLIGHTS LEAVE NOTHING TO BE DESIRED IN TERMS OF TECHNOLOGY – BI-XENON AND ACTIVE CORNERING LIGHTS GUARANTEE HIGHEST VISIBILITY IN ALL WEATHERCONSIDERED TO BE THE sign provides the side view of the CLS 63 The AMG high-performance brake system en- AMG with an astonishing visual appearance. sures that the CLS 63 AMG driver is alwaysIDEAL SYNTHESIS OF TRUE Wide tires in 255/35 R 19 format at the front on the safe side. Internally ventilated and per-GREATNESS AND FASCI- and 285/30 R 19 format at the back make forated brake discs are featured all around;NATING SPORTINESS - THE for perfect road-holding. The AMG sports the more heavily loaded front axle brake is chassis based on AIRMATIC DC offers the equipped with composite discs in 360 x 36LATEST MODEL UPGRADE CLS 63 AMG driver a comfort-based or millimeter format. The new ergonomic three-HAS MADE THE CLS 63 demonstrative sporty driving mode. The spoke AMG sports steering wheel makes aAMG EVEN MORE ATTRAC- damping and suspension respond to the cur- significant contribution to perfect vehicleTIVE rent driving situation in next to no time, but control. The hand area is specially shaped can also be changed manually at the press of and is covered with perforated leather. Two a button. aluminium paddles are used for manual gearA utomobile enthusiasts with a taste The AMG sports chassis is the ideal partner selection. for something special are raving for the powerful AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine. The The optional Performance Package includes about the Mercedes-Benz CLS. True high-speed aspirated engine with 378 kW/ the AMG performance steering wheel with itsHP-aficionados worship him as CLS 63 AMG. 514 hp and 630 Nm torque, developed at reduced diameter and slightly flattened lowerPerfect design plus matchless driving dy- AMG, provides inspiring values which enable section. The package developed in the AMGnamism. Nonetheless, it is well known that a driving performance typical of sports cars. Performance Studio also includes internallyeverything can be improved upon. That’s why Thus, the 100 km/h-mark is achieved after ventilated composite brake discs on the frontthe AMG-Coupé is getting a new black paint- only 4.5 seconds. The even more imposing axle (390 x 36 mm), the AMG performanceed radiator grill with two fins instead of the sound of the V8 is new: two chromed double- chassis, an AMG rear axle blocking differen-previous three. The extravagant lights on the ended pipes create the very sound that was tial with 40 percent blocking for even bettertailgate are impressive. They have arrow- composed in the redesigned silencers before. traction and 19 inch AMG light metal alloyshaped indicators and fast-response LEDs for The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC of- wheels in forged technology with a two-spokethe brake and tail lamps as well as indicator fers even more emotional moments: Every design with a combination of 255/35 R 19lamps. The side mirrors with increased sur- downward shift is accompanied by the auto- and 285/30 R 19 tires.face also have the new arrow-shaped indica- matic intermediate gas function – an acoustic All CLS models use the new generation oftors. treat. In addition, the almost load-free down- telematic technology. However, consideringThe new titanium gray, highly polished 19 inch ward shift leads to reduced load cycle reac- the sound quality of the AMG V8 motor, theAMG light metal alloy wheels are further tions, which has a particularly positive effect entertainment electronics is probably hardlyhead-turners. Their delicate three-spoke de- when braking before taking a racetrack bend. necessary. DISCREET BUT ACCOMPLISHED THE NEW AMG RADIATOR GRILL, WITH TWO FINS INSTEAD OF THE PREVIOUS THREE, EXTERNAL MIRRORS WITH ARROW INDICATORS AND NEW 19-INCH AMG TRIPLE-SPOKE LIGHT-ALLOY WHEELS DISTINGUISH THE 2008 CLS 63 AMG AMG 2008 41
  38. 38. TIRES
  39. 39. NO BLACK MAGICPIRELLI DEVELOPS HIGH-PERFORMANCE TIRES ESPECIALLY FOR MERCEDES-AMG.THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS COOPERATION IS THE TIRE FOR THE CLK 63 AMG BLACK SERIES.AN EXPERT LOOK BENEATH THE BLACK SHELL OF THE PIRELLI P ZERO CORSATEXT BERND WEISER PHOTO HEIKO SIMAYER P ZERO THE FOLLOWING AMG MODELS CURRENTLY HAVE CLEARANCES FOR PIRELLI P ZERO TIRES: SLK 55 225/40 ZR 18 92Y P ZERO ROSSO 245/35 ZR 18 92Y P ZERO ROSSO CLK 63T he CLK 63 AMG Black Series deliv- But the compound isn’t everything. Today, the 225/40 ZR 18 92Y P ZERO MO ers fascinating performance figures. tire construction has significant influence on 255/35 ZR 18 94Y P ZERO MO 507 hp and 630 Nm torque from an driving performance. Thus, the two-ply radial CLK 63 BLACK SERIESengine capacity of 6.2 liters, in conjunction design provides maximum protection from 265/30 ZR 19 93Y P ZERO CORSAwith a high-performance braking system and puncture damage, which could otherwise be 285/30 ZR 19 98Y P ZERO CORSAthe fully adjustable AMG sports coil suspen- caused by potholes or contact with the kerb. C 63sion, ensure a very special type of driving ex- In addition, the so-called 0-degree nylon ca- 235/40 ZR 18 95Y P ZERO MOperience. Yet one thing remains clear: The sing, positioned above the steel belt, ensures 255/35 ZR 18 94Y P ZERO MOonly contact with the asphalt is made by the high-speed stability and durability in its spe- CLS 63tires. It’s obvious that here, too, AMG leaves cial AMG design. 255/40 ZR 18 99Y P ZERO ROSSO MOnothing to chance. Another substantial part of the tire construc- 285/35 ZR 18 101Y P ZERO ROSSO MOOne of the few selected development part- tion is the bearing carcass. It provides stabili- 255/35 ZR 19 96Y P ZERO ROSSO MOners of Mercedes-AMG is Pirelli. The Italians ty, and ensures cohesion. The sensitive tire 285/30 ZR 19 98Y P ZERO ROSSO MOprovide the extreme 19 inch P Zero Corsa walls are thereby protected through a special- SL 63 & SL 65sports tires which have been developed ex- ly developed rubber compound and a rim pro- 255/40 ZR 18 95Y P ZERO ROSSOclusively for the Black Series CLK. In addition, tection rib. 285/35 ZR 18 97Y P ZERO ROSSOPirelli also configures the “normal” P Zero es- To round it off: The so-called bead. It guaran- 255/35 ZR 19 96Y P ZERO MO1pecially for AMG. This tire celebrated its tees the perfect fit of the tire to the wheel. 285/30 ZR 19 98Y P ZERO MO1world premiere last year, and since then has Here, too, the AMG P Zero shows its originali- S 63 & S 65been regarded by aficionados as one of the ty. It has a completely individual characteris- 255/40 ZR 19 P ZERO MObest ultra high-performance tires there is. At tic in the areas of steering response and sus- 275/40 ZR 19 P ZERO MOAMG, the P Zero is already used on the C 63, pension comfort. 255/35 ZR 20 P ZERO MOCLK 63, S 63 and S 65, and now on the SLK All this precision handwork on details ulti- 275/35 ZR 20 P ZERO MO55 AMG and the 525 hp SL 63 as well. mately guarantees a tire with which the opti- GL-CLASSYet it’s the special designation “MO” (Mer- mum performance of a Mercedes-AMG can 295/40 R 21 111V SCORPION ZERO MOcedes genuine parts) on the sidewall which really be experienced. Regardless of whetherraises the Italian, with its aesthetically exqui- in everyday life or on the racetrack.site appeal, above the masses, and confirms When it comes to kerbs, the ultra-sportyit as the perfect partner for Mercedes-AMG. P Zero Corsa of the CLK Black Series is in aBut how is it different to the basic product? world of its own. Previously, the first versions new dimension. For both CLK Black SeriesWhat makes a P Zero into a P Zero MO for of these “semi-slicks” could only be used with versions, 265 and 285/30 ZR, the Corsa gen-AMG? great caution – quite different to the current erally and exclusively remains an AMG Pirelli. AMG P Zero Corsa. With very good adhesion And whoever has the pleasure of pushing aIt’s the details. Pirelli uses special nano-com- values, it shows what professional partners CLK 63 Black Series to the limit will never for-ponents, which protect the structure from such as AMG and Pirelli can make possible. get the experience.loss of performance – even under extreme No wonder, the P Zero Corsa was developed The performance balance between best dry-demands. Further, the MO Pirellis are special- specially for the CLK 63 AMG. And the Corsa handling characteristics, including largelyly adjusted to the needs of a 500 hp rear- really can be distinguished from the excellent neutral handling, good wet grip and mileage,wheel drive. P Zero, going one better than the premium. is quite simply unique. But that’s just whatHere, the specifications are for optimum road Whether through its unique tread compound, you can expect from a Mercedes-AMG –grip on wet and dry road surfaces, paired modified steel belt or the 0-degree casing especially with regard to tires.with best possible durability. material. Here, the P Zero Corsa delivers a AMG 2008 43
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  41. 41. MOTOR RACING“IT WAS NEVER A QUESTION OF WHETHER I WOULD BECOME A RACING DRIVER. THE ISSUE WAS SIMPLY: WHEN”PAUL DI RESTA
  42. 42. MOTOR HOME. IN THE GARAGE OF HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE, PAUL SOMETIMES ALSO FIDDLES WITH HIS BROTHER STEFAN’S RACING KART46 AMG 2008
  43. 43. GOFOR TEXT THORSTEN ELBRIGMANN PHOTO BOLSINGER/MARTENSGOLD HE ONLY THINKS ABOUT ONE THING: RACEPAUL DRIVING. PAUL DI RESTA IS THE NEW DRIVER WHO IN 2008 WILL START FOR AMG IN THE GERMAN TOURING CAR MASTERS SERIES (DTM). A HOUSE CALL IN SCOTLAND es of the friendliness and directness of a youthful star, a person who is a racing driver with every fiber of his being - 24 hours per day. “It was never a question of whether I would means. Last year he won the Indianapolis become a racing driver. The issue was simply: 500-Mile race and became IndyCar-Champi- when?” His father, Louis di Resta, nods briefly on. He is one of the very few Europeans ac- in agreement with his eldest son. His own tively involved in the popular US race series. days as a Formula driver came to an end in Therefore, one question seems almost in-H is gestures are scarce, his sen- the mid-1990’s. “I didn’t want to stand in the evitable: tences precise. In the first few min- way of Paul’s career and have always fully Is Dario, his 35-year-old cousin, Paul’s idol? utes of our meeting in his parents’ supported him.” Louis di Resta recently start- The slim Scot turns his coffee cup thoughtful-house in Bathgate, Scotland, Paul di Resta ed driving a racing car of his own again – just ly and stares into the distance. “He is impor-seems restrained and very grown-up for a for fun. tant to me because we are able to swap a lot21-year-old. It’s a different story with his Paul was lucky enough to be born into a ra- of racing stories. But an idol? Well, both heJack Russell Terrier, Jake, who makes for the cing-mad family. The di Resta clan has been and my father are certainly role models forstrangers right away hoping they will play living in Scotland for three generations and me, but I have always tried to go my own way.with him. The four-legged heart-breaker knows only one passion: the one for bends, I don’t think it’s a good thing to try to emulatequickly helps to break the ice between the asphalt and fast engines. or copy others.”talented up-and-coming DTM racing driver Paul’s cousin Dario Franchitti, who was driv- Going his own way has always been the ideal.and his German guest. ing in 1995 and 1996 DTM and ITC as well, In 1994, Paul di Resta drove Karts for the firstBehind his serious shell and the retiring po- regularly demonstrates in the American time. Then, from 2002 to 2004, he took partliteness so typical of the Scots I detect flash- NASCAR-Series what fast driving really in various Formula races for newcomers be- AMG 2008 47
  44. 44. MENTALLY, ALWAYS AT THE STARTING LINE. EVEN AT HOME IN BATHGATE, SCOTLAND, THE DTM TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR PAUL48 AMG 2008
  45. 45. FATHER LOUIS DI RESTA CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED PAUL FROM THE BEGINNING.THE FORMER AMATEUR RACING DRIVER BELIEVES IN A BIG FUTURE FOR HIS SON:“PAUL WILL WIN THE DTM, AND HE’S GOT THE RIGHT STUFF FOR FORMULA 1” Anyone who has ever seen a kart race knows the blood, sweat and tears that go into the material. Here, in the di Resta garage, a kart that has seen many races stands next to one that is almost brand new. There is hardly any difference between them. “It’s all down to Paul,” says the head of the family proudly. Paul is definitely a chip off the old block. Fa- ther and son share the same economical ges- tures and the same short sentences - they also share the fiery passion of the racing cir- the rankings after three races in a two-year- cuit. That’s probably why Paul di Resta fits in old AMG Mercedes C-Class. He frequently so well with AMG, where passion and a down- scored points right up to the end of the sea- to-earth attitude have always guaranteed suc- son, taking to the winners’ podium a total of cess for more than 40 years. four times. His reward: fifth place in the total ranking, ahead of the five-times DTM recordfore cleaning up in Formula 3 from 2005 on- H ans Werner Aufrecht became aware champion and previous year’s winner, Berndwards, winning the prestigious championship of the Scottish driver’s talent at an Schneider.in 2006, as Jamie Green did in 2004 and early stage. “Hans Werner ap-Lewis Hamilton in 2005 with Team ASM. He proached me in 2005,” remembers Paul. F ather Louis di Resta strongly be-moved on from Formula 3 to DTM in the fol- “Since then he has supported me in Formula lieves in a successful future. “Paul islowing year. On April 22nd 2007, the Scot 3 and I was very pleased to accept his invita- going to win the DTM. He’s also gotmade his debut in Hockenheim finishing fifth. tion to join the DTM tour. He’s a kind of men- the right stuff for Formula 1.” The determinedIn the course of the next nine races he tor to me. I am particularly grateful to Mer- look in his eyes tolerates no contradictions.reached the podium four times and the fifth cedes-Benz motor sport director Norbert This belief cannot be undermined by uncer-position in the championship. Things are mov- Haug, as well as to the HWA racing team un- tainty. Paul is also banking on winning theing fast for Paul di Resta. A whole room full of der the leadership of Gerhard Ungar and DTM 2008. He certainly has the class as wellcups offers impressive evidence of the series Hans-Jürgen Mattheis for the trust they have as the support of his clan.of victories he has enjoyed, although he does shown me,” the 21-year-old pauses for a mo- Confident that we have met a future champi-not pay much attention to these glittering ment and seems to fix on something in the on who combines passion with being a niceprizes. Of course, he was pleased with every far distance before turning back to me, “Mer- guy, we leave Paul di Resta in the Scottishtriumph, but he always keeps his eyes on the cedes-Benz and AMG have given me the op- Lowlands. As we say goodbye we make a jokeroad ahead. Memories of past moments portunity of a lifetime, that is not given to just about the problems we continentals en-of glory are distracting - merely his roots, he anybody.” counter when we have to drive on the left indoesn’t forget. There is no doubt that the friendly Scot feels the British Isles. “What’s the problem?” asks very much at home in the DTM Team of Mer- Paul. He never encounters any difficultiesN owadays, he still works on the karts cedes Benz. A lot is expected from him, the when he leaves the Euro-Tunnel in France. of his younger brother Stefan. The cars are of the highest standard, and the He never thinks about any problems. It all garage behind the house is where crew are complete professionals from first to happens quite automatically. “I just drive,” hethe young racing driver finds food for the last - just like Paul himself. In circumstances says with a laugh.soul. This is where he finds inner peace as he like these a raw talent can soon become Maybe it’s this kind of self-assuredness thatworks together with his father on the karts for something really great. will make him a winner who will certainlyStefan. “He is very conscientious, almost Last season showed what he can do. In his celebrate victories with the AMG Mercedespedantic,” says father Louis, showing us first year in the DTM series Paul made cham- C-class during the 2008 DTM season.around. pionship history when he took first place in AMG 2008 49
  46. 46. TECHNOLOGY
  47. 47. A SENSUOUSEXPERIENCE AMG 2008 51
  48. 48. SOMETIMES, THE LENGTH OF A NAME ACTUALLYSAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY ANDGROUND-BREAKING POWER OF AN INNOVATION.LOOKING AT IT LIKE THAT, THE NAME OF THE NEWSPORTS TRANSMISSION FROM AMG ISHARDLY TOO LONG, CONSIDERING THE PROGRESSIT SIGNIFIES. AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-SPEED gine is more directly linked to the power train,SPORTS TRANSMISSION IS THE NAME and can rev more freely, more immediately and moreover free of slipping. And no slippingOF THE BRAND NEW TRANSMISSION WHICH WILL also means: optimised consumption.MAKE THE SL 63 AMG THE MOST VERSATILECHARACTER ACTOR ON THE SCENE Thus, the SL 63 AMG responds, if desired, just like a racing car, and implements acceler- ator movement almost without delay. Behind the wheel of the roadster, this feels like an ex- tension of the foot directly to the injection system of the V8 engine. The new technology not only ensures agile dynamics, but also sets the heart racing with a decidedly sensuous driving experience. T he high-performance coupling is contained in a transmission housing cast from magnesium alloy. The whole transmission thus weighs just 80 kilo- grams, and thereby represents the absolute optimum figure in terms of weight and size.C ertainly, it’s true: The new seven- mission lie with the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 Despite the compact construction, the slip- speed sports transmission changes AMG. Here, it is paired with the AMG 6.3 liter free coupling is extremely robust, withstand- gears snappily, as its lineage would V8 engine with 386 kW / 525 hp and 630 ing even the highest temperatures thanks tosuggest. On the other hand, with soft, barely Nm – currently the most high-performing nat- its “wet” design.noticeable gear changes, it lends the roadster urally aspirated V8 engine in its class, it is Even more impressive is the hitherto un-a particularly comfortable driving feel – ac- also an exceptional being and thereby an precedented versatility of the new sportscording to the taste of the driver. The squar- equal partner. transmission. This begins as soon as it starts.ing of the circle appears to have been The electronics regulate the engine revolu-achieved: Here, the advantages of classy While the innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT tions when starting strategically according toautomatic comfort; there, the sporty direct 7-speed sports transmission is based on the the situation – lower revs in city traffic, mid-response of a manual gearbox. 7G-TRONIC from Mercedes-Benz, it has been dle and higher revs for sports driving. Thereby substantially modified in important areas. it is never a problem, to slip gently into aNo other high-performance vehicle offers this The first thing was to make it suitable for parking space without stepping on the accel-fascinating spread of possibilities; or of emo- very high torque speeds. Following strength- erator.tions. Aroused by means of a dial for select- ening measures, it can now process up to In addition, the transmission changes be-ing driving modes in the new AMG DRIVE 1,000 Nm. tween its seven gears exactly as the driverUNIT next to the gearshift. Now, the roadster desires, without interruption to driving power.rolls elegantly and softly through the city traf- I n addition, the transmission was to To this end, there are four driving modes atfic, the automatic transmission completing be able to react more immediately the driver’s disposal – as well as the specialnecessary gear changes lithely and complete- and with more agility. For the engi- RACE START function.ly unnoticeably. Then, out on the open road, neers, this meant reducing the resistances ofthe passion awakes. Three sporty stages are spinning masses in the gearbox. The conven- C for Comfort – Gear changing is emphatic-available. Options which understand how to tional torque converter especially stood ally comfortable, the motor reacts softly toawake the temperament of the SL. In the stubbornly in the way of the desired direct re- pressure on the accelerator.third stage, the transmission functions almost sponse. Hence, they replaced it with a sub-as in a racing car, and ensures that the stantially smaller, electronically controlled S for Sport – The gears will rev out higher,powerful engine reacts immediately and ex- high-performance coupling, which runs in an the transmission drops down a gear earlier.tremely sensitively to every subtle movement oil bath. The designation MCT alludes to this. Overall, all changes proceed noticeably faster.of the accelerator. The world inside the road- It stands for “Multi Clutch Technology”.ster has become another altogether: louder, S+ for Sport plus – The transmissionmore aggressive, more exciting – nerves As the coupling has a significantly smaller changes gear a further 20 percent faster,tingle with delight. mass than a torque converter, and thus a sub- thereby definitively emphasising the sportsThe exclusive rights to this unique, new trans- stantially reduced moment of inertia, the en- character of the roadster.52 AMG 2008
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  51. 51. LOOKING AT THE SENSITIVELY SHAPED ELEMENTS OFTHE NEW AMG SPORTS TRANSMISSION, TRUE LOVEOF DETAIL BECOMES VISIBLE. AESTHETICS ANDTECHNOLOGICAL COMPETENCE ARE INTERTWINED HEREELEGANTLY, YET SIMULTANEOUSLY PRECISELY sciously taken prior to engaging the formida- ble RACE START on the SL. The necessary steps: - Close doors and move the steering wheel to the straight-ahead position - The engine must be warm - Hold the brake with the left foot - Activate ESP Sport - Select transmission mode “RS” - Confirm via the right paddle switch - Push the accelerator to the floor - Release the brake The RACE START function ceases at around 50 km/h, and subsequently changes to the S+ driving mode. But in general, the driver de-M for Manual – Here, the gear changes oc- through multiple gears quickly and immedi- termines the RACE START function by pushingcur at racing speed and must always be initi- ately. Depending on the driving situation, for the accelerator, therefore the whole processated manually by the driver. That means: in example for a kickdown, the transmission is depending on the intentions of the driver.less than 100 milliseconds. That’s more than could change from seventh directly down to The central control unit for the AMG SPEED-twice as fast as in “C” mode. Result: The fourth, or from fifth down to second. Sports SHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission isAMG 6.3 liter V8 engine reacts immediately drivers can thereby better exploit the superior the new AMG DRIVE UNIT, handily positionedand quickly, as befits a sports car. An indul- power potential of the SL 63 AMG. directly next to the gearshift of the SL. After agence. A new dimension. A must for people short familiarisation period, all functions canwith a passion for sensuous and fast driving. I n the “M” mode, however, the trans- be operated without looking. mission can be relied upon to retain The electronic rotary switch for selecting theEven in the case of racing performance, the the selected gear, and will change driving modes C, S, S+ and M, as well as forengine and transmission maintain an opti- down neither in response to full power nor the RACE START, is located at the front. Be-mum connection with one another by way of kickdown, nor will it automatically change up hind this is the ESP button for switching toa sophisticated electronics system. Data is when the upper rev limit is reached. Accord- ESP sport, or for switching ESP off complete-exchanged at lightning speed. This guaran- ingly, only the driver determines in which gear ly via “longpress”.tees not only the safest possible road per- he wishes to encounter the turn, for example.formance, but also additional handling fea- Only when the engine reaches the lower rev D oubtless, the powerful AMG 6.3 litertures to whet the appetite. limit while decelerating, the electronics sys- V8 engine and the new AMG SPEED- tem will take command and change to a lower SHIFT MCT 7-speed sports trans-E specially impressive is the function, gear. mission, with its various possibilities, are which refines in the “S”, “S+” and ideal components for comfortable gliding. “M” modes every manual or auto- The RACE START function of the new AMG But they are particularly perfect partners formatic gear change with a precisely controlled sports transmission enables a completely dynamic driving pleasure and outstandingdouble-clutch procedure, in order to eliminate new approach to the driving experience. It en- driving performance. 4.6 seconds from zerothe drag torque of the engine. Through this sures rocket-like, optimum vehicle acceler- to 100 km/h for the SL 63 AMG, and andouble-clutch function, the engine is always ation from the stationary state. A pace that electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h,linked to the accelerator, and enables precise can otherwise only be realised by experi- speak a plain language.reactions. Acoustically, the automatic double- enced racing drivers with a manual gearbox.clutch function brings a racing atmosphere to The RACE START function automatically Words, however, don’t really do justice to thethe cockpit of the SL. But it also has a very brings the engine to the ideal rpm, closes the stunning adventure of this new driving dimen-tangible advantage: It minimises possible coupling optimally and changes gears in such sion. There’s only one way to experience it:load change reactions. a manner that the wheels do not quite spin, You just have to feel it.This increases driving safety in the wet and but push the road grip of the tires to the limiton slippery surfaces, and has a thoroughly in ensuring best possible traction.positive effect when braking prior to turns onracetracks. As starting processes which utilise total per-A further strength of the new MCT sports formance potential demand a highly concen-transmission is the ability to change down trated driver, a few precautions must be con- AMG 2008 55
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  54. 54. OUTLOOK THE SWABIAN COMMUNITY OF AFFALTERBACH NOT ONLY REPRESENTS TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE, BUT ALSO STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY, SUCH AS MERCEDES-AMG. “CAN A RURAL ENVIRONMENT BE COMPATIBLE WITH VISIONARY AUTOMOTIVEENGINEERING?” YOU MAY ASK. THE ANSWER: YES, IT CAN AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS. FURTHERMORE, THE CURRENT COMPANY ARCHITECTURE OF AMG DEMONSTRATES THAT THIS IS GOING TO IMPROVE EVEN MORE TEXT THOMAS SCHULZ PHOTO BOLSINGER/MORLOK
  55. 55. THE AUTOMOTIVE STARS OF AFFALTERBACH SPARKLE BRIGHTLY. THE ILLUMINATED AMG CUSTOMER CENTER SHOWS HOW LIGHT CAN BE USED SKILFULLY AS AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLISTIC DEVICE. NOT ONLY CUSTOMERS ARE IMPRESSEDA s soon as the daily morning sun rises It is quite logical that the growth of a suc- The building was therefore constructed in in the east, the new AMG building cessful business leads to the need for expan- conformance with the latest aspects of displays its own choreography of sion. However, at Mercedes-AMG in Affalter- environmental protection. However, severallight: Corrugated aluminium facades absorb bach, the interest in physical expansion is challenges preceded the successful imple-the sunlight, causing the exterior walls to only on a superficial level. It was quickly real- mentation.gleam. Extensive glazing attracts attention ized that a growing number of employees One example was the air-conditioning. Theand kindles the desire to take a closer look. meant the need for an increase in additional processing and regulation of the air flow func-The building’s proportions – length, breadth, space, including parking spaces etc., and also tions fully automatically, not simply for theheight – leave behind an overall impression, that a new building should not be an isolated whole building, but for individual areas withinalmost alfresco in its nature. Walking along functional one, but an integrated component the building. Each room, therefore, has an op-the building, one is aware of occasional re- of the entire AMG structure. timised supply of fresh air. The temperature isflections in the windows. They display the also regulated automatically, although em-fields, houses, and age-old Swabian cultivat- W hen the “Newly Developed Office ployees have a small “say in things” and areed landscape of Affalterbach. This is how the Building” (as it was officially called) able to manually correct the warm air supplynew office development of the high-tech was opened at the end of 2007, it by a few degrees centigrade. At 6 pm though,Mercedes-AMG enterprise reflects a still com- was met with great approval. A third of ap- the air-conditioning switches off for energy-fortably old-world environment - a stunning proximately 800 Mercedes-AMG employees saving reasons.contrast. work here. The generous, well air-condi- tioned and tastefully furnished office space H owever, the air-conditioning is stillHowever, despite all contrasts in its impres- is home to the Mercedes-AMG management, active, as it “flushes” fresh airsion to the outside world, this fascinating commercial business administration, com- through the entire building beforebuilding harmoniously conforms to the plete vehicle development and quality man- employees arrive at work the following morn-process of the steady advancement and fur- agement team. ing. This is not enough – a heat exchangerther development of AMG’s 30-year old com- system ensures that the fresh air is eitherpany policy in Affalterbach. As a global player, When planning and constructing this architec- heated or cooled via stored energy, depend-AMG demonstrates through this new office tural showpiece, Mercedes-AMG felt it was ing on the time of year and the outside tem-development that modern architecture and important to take into consideration the most perature. This technology permanently savesbuilding services engineering, responsible en- modern aspects of environmental protection. around 300 kW heat and refrigerating capaci-vironmental protection and optimum office This involved fulfilling legal requirements re- ty compared to a traditional air-conditioningorganisation not only go together hand-in- garding energy consumption and, therefore, system. The lighting also functions fully auto-hand, but are also able to lay the foundation complying with set maximum values for heat- matically, depending on the amount of lightfor a groundbreaking corporate culture. Thus, ing, warm water, ventilation, cooling, and entering the building from the outside.this building also reflects the visionary orien- lighting. In addition, there were also stand- The gleaming aluminium facades are not sim-tation of the automobile pioneer Mercedes- ards concerning foliage and the recycling of ply a designer fad, but rather anticipateAMG. rain water. changes, since the older buildings will also be60 AMG 2008
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  58. 58. CONCEPT AND DESIGN ARE TODAY IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF A MODERN CORPORATE STRUCTURE. IN AFFALTERBACH, CLEAR LINES SYMBOLISE A CONSISTENT ATTITUDE, YET SIMULTANEOUSLY EXUDE DEEP HARMONY. THE RESULT IS A FASCINATING COMBINATION OF DISCRETION AND STRENGTHgradually fitted one-by-one with the energy- gines, and vis-à-vis 24 horses, at first all im- specific culture at Mercedes-AMG – one ofsaving panels. Even today, the silhouettes of patiently chomping at the bit. plain modesty regarding the self-image, com-the Mercedes-AMG aluminium flues dominate Man and beast got along well. The only ones bined with demanding technology in practice.the skyline as they shimmer in the Affalter- who sometimes reacted with amazement In other words – form follows function.bach sun. This is how a futuristic roofscape were the customers who had come in order This professional attitude can also be seen inoriginates. An integral part will be aluminium, to personally attend the operations carried the decorative detail. Some visitors, who havemerged with additional high-tech materials. out on the motor hearts of their Mercedes. an eye for environmental elements, notice theStriking greenscaped roofs, which gather However, they were already accustomed to a foliage surrounding the new building. Evenrain water, will provide an ecological spot Swabian down-to-earth atmosphere from the with this so-called “plant management”, noth-of color. time of Burgstall. ing was left to chance. First of all, robust sod grass was laid on the subsoil, which wasW hereby, Mercedes-AMG has always Therefore, whoever is acquainted only with mostly a gravel bed, followed by the planting been involved in construction and the basic history of AMG, knows that the of native trees like yews and pear trees, reconstruction, as a glance at the business was inextricably linked to the private which create a pleasant and relaxed atmos-company’s history shows. In 1978, when the side of founding father, Hans-Werner phere.company transferred its base from nearby Aufrecht. For example, in the seventies theBurgstall to Affalterbach with just a dozen Aufrecht’s house was located exactly where Affalterbach will continue to maintain its fa-employees, it first moved next to a garden the press vehicles are completed today. An- miliar appearance. And when fields, vine-furniture manufacturing plant – literally in the other former private house, just a stone’s yards, and horses are reflected in the AMGopen countryside. Since 1984 even with the throw away from the first one, is now an of- facades, then this illustrates in the most su-stables of the local riding club “Schmiede- fice. perb way how the company expresses itself.äcker e.V.” in full view. Despite the fact that Mercedes-AMG has ex-This Affalterbach nucleus consisted of a sim- I t is not noticeable at first glance, perienced great success: it has always re-ple garage with three inspection pits, two of- but still discernible and extraordi- mained true to its roots. The company, al-fices, and a small warehouse. This is where nary that this group of production ready a well-established legend in automobilethe outstanding version of the Mercedes 280 halls, offices and adjoining buildings, al- history, acts as a global player, but is alsoE AMG with 205 hp was produced in 1978. though quite spread out, manages to em- faithful to its home location, Affalterbach – or anate its own sense of family belonging. This expressed somewhat poetically: The groundHowever, the ever increasing number of or- could have something to do with the fact – has been tilled, the seed has been sown, theders demanded expansion. In 1994 even a as has already been said – that some offices future is bright.riding hall of the Aufrecht Family served as a were once the living room of the company’sproduction building for the E 50 AMG. A re- founder.markable sight in automobile history – on the The fact that the new office developmentone side the AMG specialists, conjuring hun- merges so well with the group of existingdreds of horse power out of Mercedes en- buildings, is, therefore, the expression of a AMG 2008 63
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