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    • 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
    • BOUNDLESSTHE POWERFULELEGANCEOF THE DESIGNICON FROMAFFALTERBACHSHINESTHROUGH
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    • NEWPERSPECTIVESOPEN UPWITH THEPANORAMIC VIEW.THE WILLINGNESSOF THE ROADSTERTO PERFORMACHIEVESNEW DIMENSIONS AMG 2008 5
    • SELF-ASSURANCEIS EMBEDDEDIN THE GAZEOF THE LEGENDARYTWO-SEATER.STRIKING LINESEMPHASISEITS ENORMOUSPOTENTIAL
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    • ATTRACTIVEAND ASSUREDTHE FIRSTCLASSOF THE CARWORLDPRESENTSITSELF AMG 2008 9
    • NOBLE POISE THE EXPRESSION OF PERFECT POSTURE, REFLECTED IN EVERY DETAIL OF THE REFINED ATHLETE10 AMG 2008
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    • EVENING TRANQUILITY: PHOTOSHOOT AT THE EL MIRAGE SALT LAKE IN NEVADA/USA12 AMG 2008
    • 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
    • PORTRAIT“BENDS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A REASON”HERMANN TILKE AMG 2008 17
    • THE ARCHITECT OF SPEED AND HISNEWEST MASTERPIECE: HERMANN TILKEON THE HOME STRAIGHT OF THEBAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
    • LORDOF THERINGSRACETRACKDESIGNERHERMANN TILKEIN BAHRAIN TEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER AMG 2008 19
    • 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
    • CLEAR CONTOURS PICTURED IN THE DESERTSAND: THE LAYOUT OF THE RACETRACKINSPIRES PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FORMULA 1DRIVERS ALIKE
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • TIRES
    • 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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    • MOTOR RACING“IT WAS NEVER A QUESTION OF WHETHER I WOULD BECOME A RACING DRIVER. THE ISSUE WAS SIMPLY: WHEN”PAUL DI RESTA
    • MOTOR HOME. IN THE GARAGE OF HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE, PAUL SOMETIMES ALSO FIDDLES WITH HIS BROTHER STEFAN’S RACING KART46 AMG 2008
    • 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
    • MENTALLY, ALWAYS AT THE STARTING LINE. EVEN AT HOME IN BATHGATE, SCOTLAND, THE DTM TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR PAUL48 AMG 2008
    • 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
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    • A SENSUOUSEXPERIENCE AMG 2008 51
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • PRECISION
    • CREATING LEGENDSTHE MAGICAL CODE SL REPRESENTS AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND – AND IT STILL RESONATESTODAY. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR THE SWISS WATCHMAKER IWC. NOW, THE TRADITIONALALLIANCE BETWEEN MERCEDES-AMG AND IWC IS BEARING NEW FRUITS: THE AMGPERFORMANCE STUDIO HAS DEVELOPED A SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVELY FORTHE SL 63 AMG, THE “SL 63 AMG EDITION IWC”, LIMITED TO 200 VEHICLESTEXT DR. RALF KONCZAK PHOTO IWC/RUCKABERLEE ven merely on the basis of its ex- stability. A limited-slip differential on the rear traordinary “designo magno Kashmir axle, with up to 40% locking effect, ensures white” paintwork, this exclusive edi- sufficient drive in every driving situation.tion of the SL 63 AMG instantly commands all TIME MACHINEattention. Because the unique shade is avail- The AMG 6.3 liter aspirated V8 engine reach- OWNERS OF THE EXCLUSIVE “SL 63 AMG EDITIONable for the first time with the limited edition es its highest output of 386 kW/525 hp at IWC” ALSO RECEIVE AN “IWC BIG INGENIEUR” -“SL 63 AMG Edition IWC”. Tobago brown 6,800/min; in addition, it delivers a powerful THE LEGENDARY SWISS WATCH COMES WITH Anappa leather upholstery with AMG-specific torque of 630 Nm. This output, of course, LEATHER BAND THAT MATCHES PERFECTLY WITHperforation as well as mat carbon trim for the must be brought to the road safely – and THE INTERIEUR OF THE SWABIAN ROADSTERdoor linings and in the center console set the properly distributed. The new AMG SPEED-tone in the interior. The AMG Exterior Carbon SHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is re-Package with mat surface rounds off the sponsible for this. Gear changes in the regionspectacular appearance. of 100 milliseconds without interruption toYet it is not just the new vehicle that is on the driving power, throttle-blipping, multiple The current IWC Big Ingenieur is impressive.receiving end of the exclusive attention – the downshifting and four selectable driving The housing measures 45.5 mm in diameter,same is reserved for the driver, by dint of the modes from C (comfort) to M (manual) give is 15 mm high and weighs 138 g (includingdelivery of a valuable watch from the the driver the choice between comfortable the leather band). But that’s just appear-renowned Swiss watchmaker, the so-called cruising and uncompromising sports perform- ances: Inside, the factory 51112 calibre with“IWC Big Ingenieur”, together with the classy ance. The RACE START function allows maxi- automatic Pellaton winding system andSL from Mercedes-AMG. The second joint mum acceleration with best possible traction: seven-day power reserve ticks smoothly withproject of the engineers from Affalterbach From zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and 21,600 vibrations per hour. And that for sevenand Schaffhausen follows the now legendary continuing through to the top speed of 300 days, or 168 hours. An outstanding feat ofCLS 55 AMG IWC from 2005. km/h (electronically limited). Every proud watchmaking, as this calibre is the mostAMG and IWC really do have a lot in common; driver who is able to secure one of the 200 stately automatic winding system for wrist-a distinctive insistence on perfection, and SL 63 AMG Edition IWC will also receive, as watches worldwide. This “engine” can be ad-the highest possible level of precision, for we said, the perfect watch to match. The mired through the sapphire glass back cover.example. watch face and band of the special limited It’s clear, then, that Affalterbach and Schaff- edition of the IWC Big Ingenieur, also limited hausen are familiar with legends. And yet,The standard AMG Performance Package en- to 200, are customised to the vehicle design. there is another aspect which perfectly sym-sures the perfect road hold and precise han- An engraving in the housing subtly alludes to bolises the connection between IWC and AMG.dling of the SL 63 AMG Edition IWC. The AMG the cooperation between AMG and IWC. Because, just as the heart of a Mercedes-performance steering wheel, with reduced di- AMG, the engine, can only originate in Affal-ameter – in this edition two-tone, in black and The name “IWC Big Ingenieur” echoes a real terbach, IWC today also continues to manu-tobago brown – flattened bottom section and legend among timepieces: The IWC “Inge- facture the core of their watches themselves.aluminium shift paddles, implements the nieur” from 1954. Two years after Karl Klingcommands of the pilot directly. The AMG per- and co-pilot Hans Klenk triumphed in the And what is the heart of a watch called?formance suspension, in conjunction with the third “Carrera Panamericana Mexico” at the Factory calibre. That even sounds similar to19-inch forged wheels and extra large com- wheel of the 300 SL, the first Ingenieur was Swabian engine manufacturing excellence.posite clutch on the front axle, guarantees introduced to the market. Today, this icon is Because engines manufactured by AMG inthe best possible stability and shortest brak- inseparable from the factory in Eastern Affalterbach are truly of their own calibre.ing distance at all times and with utmost Switzerland. AMG 2008 65
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    • LEGENDS COME FACE TO FACE:SKIP BRAVER’S FAVOURITE ON WATER IS ONE OF THEFASTEST POWERBOATS IN THE WORLD, THE CIGARETTE.HIS NO 1 ON SOLID GROUND: THE AMG MERCEDES
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    • IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN ON WATER, WITHOUT EQUAL ON LAND: SKIP BRAVER’S MEANS OF TRANSPORT BELONG TO THE BEST OF WHAT THE ART OF ENGINEERING HAS TO OFFER70 AMG 2008
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    • SKIP BRAVER IS COOL, UNTIL HE GETS GOING – ONSHORE OR OFFSHOREI n hindsight, things often sound sim- the world. Anyone who orders a Cigarette sprayers into a unique, fascinating craft. pler than they were: Buy a company, doesn’t want an off-the rack product, but “There are people who have more fun design- turn it inside out, enjoy success. But rather a unique specimen from the world ing the boat together with us than they laterwith legends, it’s the same as with love – you champion – from the hull to the interior and have driving it.”can’t buy them, you have to live them. Skip design to the on-board technology, each ofBraver knew that when in 2001 he made the the approximately 80 speedboats which leave S omeone who owns a Cigarette hasdecision that was going to change his life the factory each year is unmistakeable. The above all sporting ambition. Suc-completely once more. “I’d actually had lowest common denominator of the high-tech cess, luxury, sex, and parties areenough, I could have retired and enjoyed life. powerboats: Motors with power well in ex- associated with the brand Cigarette – some-But I wanted to make the brand Cigarette cess of 1,000 hp, and a red one in the label. thing that is also reflected in the advertisingonce again what it had been: A legend.” He “When you see the One of the Cigarette logo, messages for the brand. Accordingly, someachieved that. And today he enjoys life more you really only see one thing,” Braver says posters have never made it into the publicthan ever. proudly. Many customers send photos of spe- realm, but only as far as the walls of his of- cific seating and graphic designs, which fice. “We play with the bad-boy image, that’sThe “Cigarette Racing Team” in north-western are then implemented, one-to-one, by the in- just part of our boats.” At this point, BraverMiami builds one of the fastest powerboats in house joiners, upholsterers and paint likes to tell the legend of all legends which72 AMG 2008
    • begins 1987 with company founder Don “On the road, you’re limited by the asphalt,”Aronow. At the time, Aronow did business Braver says. “Offshore racing gives you a feel-with the wrong side of the law, but also sold ing of complete freedom. This is not a casehis speedboats to the law enforcers, to give of boat versus boat, but rather boat versusthem a chance when chasing criminals across nature. That’s what makes it so dangerous.” FINE TUNINGthe Atlantic – anyone who’s seen a Cigarette THE CIGARETTE RACING TEAM SPECIALISTS PRACTICEin action, even if only in the cult series T he revival of the speedboat legend FILIGREE HANDWORK. THE LEGENDARY RED 1 IN“Miami Vice”, will understand only too well. Cigarette is Skip Braver’s second ca- THE LABEL IS AFFIXED TO THE HULL OF THE BOAT WITH reer. In his first life, he founded a SURGICAL PRECISIONB raver’s customer spectrum is spread company with his brother Gary which dealt in wide. “Aside from international new products on the electronics market. To- celebrities, there’s everyone from a gether, they realised the American dream:Chicago policeman to a sheik from the Mid- “We started with nothing. In order to make andle-East.” People who can’t get enough of impression, I overdrew my credit card so thatflying over the open sea at 150 km/h need we could employ a secretary.” When Garyan adequate counterpiece on land. High-end died in a boating accident on Lake Paw Pawcars from Mercedes-AMG set the tone in in Michigan, Skip Braver didn’t want to keepBraver’s garage. A crystal white S 63 steals going on his own. “He was more than mythe show from a black CLK 63 and a bright brother or my partner. Gary was my bestred SL 65. As he starts one engine after an- friend.” He sold the business and looked afterother, his face radiates absolute content- his two children, Erika and Chad, full-time inment. He is particularly proud of the stylishly Chicago. After his divorce ten years earlier,sporty S 63 AMG, with an interior fully cus- he had become “Mr. Mom” to them both. Attomized to his expectations. the end of the 90’s, they came of age – and Skip Braver got bored. “I bought myself a Cig-The partnership between the Cigarette Racing arette 42 Tiger with 500 hp to drive acrossTeam and the Mercedes-AMG Private Lounge, the Great Lakes around Chicago in summer.an exclusive Online Community for AMG cus- That was unbelievable”. E very high-tech powerboat thattomers, was unavoidable for Braver. “Our cus- In the process, Skip Braver made the ac- leaves the factory could go straighttomers want speed and lifestyle – just like I quaintance of Neill Hernandez, who had to the start of the next speedboatdo, and just like all customers of Mercedes- worked for the Cigarette Racing Team his race. Aside from a GPS system for positionAMG do. It’s like this: When one of our boats whole life. The two became friends, then part- determination, on-board computers and Mer-drives by, everyone turns to look. When a Cig- ners. “The owners who came after Don cury motors, they have propellers sharparette starts up, everyone listens. And when Aronow had completely run the business enough to make a sushi chef proud. Becausesomeone has a dream, we fulfil it. The same down. I convinced Neill to get together all the he feels more freedom on the water than onapplies to an AMG Mercedes. Cigarette and money he could, and throw it in with mine to the road, being out at the sea is what SkipMercedes-AMG are synonyms for the passion buy Cigarette. He had a few sleepless nights, Braver likes best. The only other place he getsfor racing. They stand for the determined will but he did it.” For Hernandez, it was one of the same feeling is on the German autobahn,to win, for fascinating products, and for quali- the best decisions of his life. The dream or when he can do a few laps on the northernty down to the smallest detail”. No wonder, team, with the perfect mix of technical know- circuit of the Nürburgring. “For me, luxurythen, that the driver of the Formula 1 safety how and business acumen, had in a short means having time for my children and for mycar, Bernd Mayländer, would love to have time made Cigarette once again the type of cars,” Braver says. “Money can’t buy happi-stayed two weeks longer after his visit to the brand which had so enthused George Bush ness, but it makes life easier. You can enjoy“Miami Boat Show”, to really blow out some Snr, Malcolm Forbes and Robert Vesco in Don your life – and drive AMG Mercedes.”cobwebs on the water with a Cigarette. Aronow’s time. AMG 2008 73
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    • STAR RIDERTHE AMG PERFORMANCESTUDIO HAS ACHIEVEDCULT STATUS WITH THECUSTOMIZED REALISATIONOF EXTRAVAGENT CUS-TOMER REQUESTS. NOW,THE PERFECTIONISTS FROMAFFALTERBACH HAVETRUMPED EVERYTHING THATHAS GONE BEFORE: THE“SL 63 AMG PERFORMANCESTUDIO” UNVEILS THEEXTRAVAGANT INTERPRETA-TION OF THE THEME OFINDIVIDUALIZATION AMG 2008 75
    • TEXT THOMAS SCHULZ PHOTO BOLSINGER/SIMAYERT he color of this SL 63 AMG isn’t There’s no ignoring the use of mat carbon in “solitaire” is actually borrowed from the area easy to describe: the paintwork the SL 63 AMG. This light, durable material is of jewelry, it is hard to think of a better term shimmers in an understated mat used in the rear spoiler, the diffuser between to sum up this incomparable car.olive green with a promising touch of gold. the exhaust pipes, the gear shifting gate andThe observer’s hand experiences an almost the side air vents in the front apron. This sug- “The SL 63 AMG Performance Studio will nowmagnetic attraction as it glides over the hood. gests an association with the DTM, something go to the US, where it will be put on show atThe car has a velvety feel. There’s no doubt that can’t be completely wrong in view of the a variety of events,” explains Bettina Morgen-that it’s made from metal. But metal like highly developed sporty ambitions of the thaler-Kaeding. It will not return to Affalter-you’ve never seen before. “Yosemite Grey” is roadster. bach until August 2008. The question ofthe name of the unusual color, named after whether this one-off model is to be sold at athe unique “Yosemite National Park” in the When it came to choosing and implementing later date is answered by her with a charmingUS state of California. The color is as unique the interior, the members of the Performance and contented smile: “Unfortunately, this par-as the roadster itself, which bears the full Studio team really gave their imagination free ticular car is no longer available, but we canname “SL 63 AMG Performance Studio”. rein - while still drawing on their extremely reproduce the Performance Studio featuresThe tailor-made implementation of extrava- broad experience. The nubuk leather seats shown at any time.” This would mean produc-gant customer requests has long attained cult are a combination of “Yosemite Grey” and ing a twin brother for this unique solitaire.status in the Affalterbach Performance Stu- “Pebble Beige”. The upper section of the in-dio. Individually customized cars are now rou- strument panel, the top of the arm rest, han-tine. However the words “Performance Stu- dles and other components are finished indio” following the letters SL herald something Yosemite Grey, creating the desired contrastvery unusual - a unique vehicle that brings to- on the one hand, while also setting off the ba-gether all the master craftsmanship of expert sic Pebble Beige color scheme on the other.automobile builders. The Yosemite Grey theme is also taken up in the steering wheel.“This was primarily intended as a concept Naturally the driver of the SL 63 AMG Perfor-car,” explains Bettina Morgenthaler-Kaeding, mance Studio enjoys the comfort of electric-Director of the Performance Studio. “We will ally adjustable sports seats. The list of exclu-be watching closely to see how it is received sive features and details is long and theand will base our future concept car strategy designers of the SL 63 AMG Performanceon what we learn here.” Studio have looked after the tiniest details.When selecting the beating heart of the new Thus, even the floor mats are edged in nubukhigh-class vehicle, the designers naturally leather.chose the 6.3 liter V8 engine, the most power-ful of all aspirated engines. In addition, the SL Customization to a previously unheard of lev-63 AMG Performance Studio naturally also el, master craftsmanship in production, fabu-uses the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed lous good looks: the unique SL 63 AMG Per-sports transmission. formance Studio has it all. Although the word AMG 2008 77
    • DANCINGON THE ICE–EXTREMEDRIVING DRIVING LESSONS IN THE ARCTICLESSONS CIRCLE? NO PROBLEM FOR AMG. A VERY SPECIAL INSTRUCTOR WORKS THERE: FORMER DTM RACER BERND MAYLÄNDER, WHOSE “SECOND JOB” IS DRIVING THE DRIVING ACADEMY OFFICIAL F1™ SAFETY CAR. THE ARJEPLOG DRIVING ACADEMY: THERE’S NO FASTER WAY TO LEARN
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    • TEXT THORSTEN ELBRIGMANN PHOTO ULI JOOSI felt a slight shudder and heard a dull Over the months, the icemakers at Arjeplog but it was not unpleasantly cold. The air was crunch, followed by a sound like the allow the glass-like layer to grow to a thick- fresh and the snow enveloped the world in crack of a whip. The ice on Lake ness of half a meter, using heavy machinery purest white. Tall fir trees could be seen fur-Hornavan, an impressive expanse of water in to prepare the routes that will be used as the ther off on the edge of the lake. They lookednorthern Sweden, really is alive. If you push basis for AMG Winter Sporting course in black, but gradually disappeared in thethe fresh snow aside with your boot you will 2008. swirling snow. The sun had already gonesee the deep black glitter of the ice. It seems The falling snow softened the hoarse growl of down at two in the afternoon. Now, at aboutto be shot through with white, marble-like the AMG Mercedes cars on the handling- five, the twilight had given way to the dark-veins. These are fractures deep within course. The headlamps had become dancing ness of the Nordic night. However, conditionsthe ice. Every crack heard represents a new points of light in the infinite distance. The were not pitch black because a mystical,fracture. winter air here in the Arctic Circle is cutting, bluish light radiated from the snow.80 AMG 2008
    • THE ICE OF THE HORNAVAN CAN BE UP TO 70 CM THICK IN WINTER,THICK ENOUGH TO BEAR AIRCRAFT, AS WELL AS CARS. JUST THE RIGHTCOURSE FOR FRIENDS OF AMG WINTER SPORTING THE ICE DOES NOT FORGIVE MISTAKES. THE AMG PROFESSIONALS SHOW HOW TO HANDLE A VEHICLE ON THE SLIPPERY TERRAIN PERFECTLY AMG 2008 81
    • BERND MAYLÄNDER AS DTM LEGEND AND SAFETY CAR DRIVER HE IS THE UN- CHALLENGED AUTHORITY, AND REMOVES THE FEAR OF DRIFTING FOR STUDENTS OF THE DRIVING ACADEMY T he surrounding silence was in stark This wasn’t their first training course with the contrast with the lively scene on the guys from Affalterbach, but it is the first time smooth surface of the lake. There they had trained in the snow. Their main con- were seven well-wrapped-up individuals on cern was to have some fun. Others might en- the ice, each of them regularly producing a joy a weekend on a health farm, but they little white cloud as they breathed. This was were treating themselves to this icy experi- the “Blue Group” led by instructor Bernd ence and taking everything with the relaxed Mayländer. attitude of the typical Westphalian - wellness The “Yellow” and “Red” groups had the same for the soul. Things were different for Stefan number of members and were already on the and Emilia. This spirited pair from Romania way in three SLK 55 AMG Black Series and liked life in the fast lane. This explains why three C 63 AMGs, always with two drivers per the two of them very quickly struck up a car. There were three CLK 63 AMGs waiting friendship with the real heroes of AMG Winter for the “Blues”. We got in. There was always a Sporting, the course managers, with their group of two for each CLK. Our group was G 55 AMG. The black jeeps were fitted with made up of Germans and Romanians and an amber warning light and special spikes. English was spoken with a variety of accents. Each two-man team would dig the cars out if Speaking his own brand of Anglo-Swabian, in- necessary. Stefan was determined to come structor Bernd Mayländer offered tips over first in his group to guarantee himself a place the radio and encouraged or disciplined the in Saturday’s spectacular night-time “Race of individual drivers as necessary. Mayländer is the Champs”. This meant pushing yourself Mr. Formula 1. Once a very successful DTM to the limit - but to do that you’ve first got to driver in his own right, he has been driving find out where your limit lies.No doubt if you’d grown up here in northern the Formula 1 Safety Car for several yearsSweden you’d find the mounds of snow, the now. M arius was a different case. The tallice and the darkness quite normal, however mechanical engineering studentfor the participants in the AMG Winter Sport- Mayländer’s most memorable characteristics from Brasove in Romania was 22ing training course, the province of Lapland are his infectious laughter and openness. years old and won this winter training coursewas terra incognita. The AMG disciples had However, things got more serious when mat- as a prize in a competition run by Mercedestraveled from the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Ro- ters turn to driving. Bernd (we were all on Romania – and he had me as his co-driver.mania, and Germany. They were obviously en- first name terms) wanted every one of us to For him this was a dream come true. How-joying this fascinating white world and had all improve, relative to our standard. Three days ever, it has to be said that the enthusiasm hetraveled this far for a single reason: they of Driving Academy in Sweden. Three days of showed in the hotel had now given way towanted to drive, drift and push their driving ice-dancing with AMG. tension as he sat with both hands clamped onskills to the limit. They wanted to learn under Georg and Anke came from Germany’s Ruhr the steering wheel.professional guidance to drive fast and be region. Their children were almost grown up He allowed me to drive from the hotel to thebetter drivers. and were quite happy when their parents left lake. This was a mark of respect for theHowever, each of them would at some time them with the house to themselves. In the old power of this 481 hp vehicle. Naturally, thereach the point where rationalism no longer days they used to take the motorbike when forward thrust of the CLK 63 AMG had toapplied and the silent beauty of this winter going on holidays. Georg did all the mechani- be reined in on the public roads using thewonderland would make them stop and cal work himself. However over the last num- ESP system. The tires, which were fitted withmarvel. ber of years the pair had fallen for the AMG. 3 millimeter spikes hummed listlessly as we82 AMG 2008
    • REINHOLD RENGER AS ICE EXPERT, THE TECHNICIAN COMMUNICATES TO THE DRIVING STUDENTS THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR Atraveled along the wide roads. However, as UNIQUE DRIVING swaying movements because Bernd wantedsoon as we reached the lake Bernd’s voice EXPERIENCE to show how to control a wayward rear endcame over the radio “Switch off the ESP!” on the ice. “Always look where you want toIn the semi-darkness on the day of our arrival go. Then go there.”we were expected to drive across the ice on a This was a good tip which some peoplelake with a depth of 260 meters, following a seemed to have missed. Out of the corner ofcompletely unknown route marked out with a my eye I caught sight of the yellow flashingseries of red poles. There would be no elec- lights and course managers shoveling snow.tronics to help us, just a handful of steel pinsin each tire, two G 55 AMGs within view and M arius also found out how easy it wasthe reassuring voice of the instructor in our to come off the track, but heears: “Follow me slowly and don’t try any ex- learned more than just this lessonperimental moves. We’re going to familiarize in driving at speed. Soon enough Bernd wasyou with the first section of the track.” taking his hat off to him. While others had al- ready radioed for help four of five times in aMarius allowed me to drive this first section single morning, Marius stuck to the track likeas well. But now, after a short break, the time glue. The spikes ploughed into the ice, thecame to change drivers - it’s his turn now. 400 hp of the SLK 55 AMG pushed the rear-Marius had never driven a Mercedes-AMG be- end outwards, the engine revved at 3,500fore and his first time was going to be in the rpm. Too much pressure on the pedal and thedark, on the ice. roadster, which was more difficult to handle because of its short wheelbase, would fly offT his was truly an unreal situation for the track without the help of the ESP system. a thrifty Romanian student. He amazed, some of us incredibly shocked. Now Over the radio, Bernd encouraged Marius to negotiated the bends with care. The it was my turn. Anxious to seem relaxed, I got give it a bit more acceleration. Then it hap-tachometer was hardly moving and Marius into the bucket seat of an SLK 55 AMG Black pened: in a swirl of snow the SLK skidded tolooked somehow relieved - as did I. As a stu- Series. The three different AMG models used the side. As a matter of routine, a G-Classdent of Bernd Mayländer, he gained confi- in Arjeplog were swapped between the pulled the elegant AMG back onto the slip-dence gradually during the course, learning to groups. pery track.control the CLK 63 AMG, cautiously demand- I put on the seatbelt and we were off. With a Marius was obviously shocked. The mild-man-ing more from the car. single burst on the accelerator, the racing nered student intended to work in the auto- driver pushed the AMG forward. The exhaust motive design sector after graduating andThe C-Class C 63 AMG suited him as well. He roared and the tachometer swung between would love to have a job in Affalterbach. Itnoticed when the tail slewed out slowly as he 3,000 and 4,000 rpm. The SLK 55 AMG shot went against his nature to treat an AMG sotook a bend and had enough time to react. towards the first bend far too fast. Bernd ca- badly, after all they are “the best car in theQuite a feat. In comparison with experts like sually commented on his every move: “Now world” in his own words. But Bernd justBernd, most participants were only operating more gas, let the back swing out and correct smiled: “No problem!” He explained that theat half capacity. with the steering wheel. You see? There! You cars were specially prepared for this purpose.On the second day of the course, Bernd steer with the accelerator. The steering wheel A solid protective casing is fitted underneathshowed us how driving on ice should be done. is just for correction (easy really!)”. We took to ensure nothing gets broken. And, truth toOne by one we all drove with him. Everyone the first bend in style. The ice sprayed out be- tell, there wasn’t a single breakdown over theof us stepped out of the car completely hind us. The car lurched. The tail made gentle entire weekend. AMG 2008 83
    • MARIUS FROM ROMANIA A DREAM CAME TRUE FOR THE STUDENT: HE WON THE TRAINING WITH MAYLÄNDER AND HIS TEAM IN A COMPETITION cause up to 1,800 test drivers from all car me: “Come on! Get in!”. I got in behind the makers come to Arjeplog every season. The master. One of the other instructors checked winter test season is the town’s main source that I had fastened the belt lightly enough of income, since the last saw mill closed a and grinned at me knowingly: “Have fun!”. couple of years ago. Many families move out The door slammed shut and Bernd took off of their houses in winter time and rent them into the night with three of his pupils. 140 out to test drivers. They then move into mo- km/h on the straight and up to 80 km/h in bile homes in large garages. the bends. The ice sprayed up and the engine The Kåta was an almost entirely male pre- roared as it surged ahead. I couldn’t take it serve. Anke and Emilia were the exceptions. all in for the first few seconds, but then the Emilia had caught the bug. She was the equal shock was transformed into a broad smile. It of her husband in her willingness to take a felt like being on a roller-coaster and this feel- risk, while her eyes twinkled with a longing ing stayed with me as I stepped out of the car for adventure. Anke was much more interest- again at the starting line. Was the ice moving? ed in having fun and tended to see things Happily it wasn’t - it was just my legs. more from a safety perspective. These two characters could be said to represent the two T he “Race of Champs” was over. The basic types of AMG Winter Sporting enthusi- yellow group, which was always the asts. fastest throughout the training course, took first and second place. Georg E milia’s ambitions were rewarded in from my blue team took the bronze medal. the rankings. After three events, We made it onto the podium. Hat’s off toThe mood was good at lunch. The colorful Emilia was two places in front Georg.group gathered on the edge of the lake in the of Anke – by quite a few points. By contrast, The mood was subdued during dinner: it“AMG teepee”. The wooden structure was in- Stefan, Emilia’s husband, was disappointed. would all be over tomorrow. The lake woulddeed reminiscent of a North American Indian The brawny Romanian had hoped to take first be just a memory - although a very impres-tent, although it was in fact a traditional place, but that honor went to Georg with his sive and informative one.Swedish kåta; a converted covered hearth unassuming manner – something he never ex-surrounded by benches. Our kåta also had ta- pected: “Oh, that means I’ve got to take part Although they were a bit quiet on the bussesbles, where we could eat and swap stories. in the Race of Champs”. It certainly did - just from the airport to the hotel on Friday after-We had long forgotten the fact that every like the best drivers in the other two groups noon, the AMG Winter Sporting coursetime we took our AMGs out for a spin there and the best runner-up from all three groups. participants had really gelled into a cohesivewas only a sheet of ice between us and the group. Business cards were exchanged,260 meters of water below. There was a tense atmosphere as night fell phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the second day of the training course. swapped. Bernd Mayländer placed a handT hat morning, our instructor Reinhold Torches flickered on the ice which had a fresh on Marius’ shoulder: “You had by far the Renger had showed us how much coating of snow. Mulled wine was served to steepest learning curve of everybody here. ice can actually withstand. From those not taking part in the evening race. Two That was really good!” Surprised to startthicknesses of about 40 cm it can support C 63 AMGs awaited the champs, their en- with, Marius slowly broke into a proud smile.the weight of wheel-mounted front-end load- gines running and their lights ablaze. The race I was beaming too, because a tiny part ofers, while from 70 cm onwards it is strong would be held in pairs. The winners and run- this praise is also for me, after all I was theenough for largish airplanes to land on. We ners-up would then drive again. The first pair co-driver for the best pupil in the class.were driving on 50 centimeters of deep- had already started. Most of the rest of thefrozen water. The smooth surface is main- group watched enthralled, shouted encour-tained by the “icemakers”. Many of the 3,500 agement or took photographs. However,inhabitants of Arjeplog share this unusual some of them had discovered another AMGprofession. They shift the snow to one side as Mercedes. A C-Class. This was fitted with ral-soon as the ice is thick enough to walk on in ly tires with extremely long spikes, a roll bar,late fall. If this insulating layer wasn’t re- bucket seats, four-point seat belts (in themoved, the ice would never increase. This is a back too), and huge spotlights: the ice taxi.painstaking business, but it is essential be- Bernd had already buckled up and waved to84 AMG 2008
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    • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE AMG PRIVATE LOUNGEAN INNOVATIVE ONLINE PLATFORM FOR FRIENDS OF THE AFFALTERBACH BRANDSUCCESSFULLY NETWORKS AMG ENTHUSIASTS IN THE USA – AN EXAMPLE TO BE FOL-LOWED BY A FUTURE GLOBAL INTERNET HOMELAND FOR THE AMG COMMUNITYTEXT MERCEDES-AMG PRIVATE LOUNGE TEAMI t is 8 a.m. and the team has just fi- sue but the core group consists of seven per- rapid fire succession. These sessions have nished their daily status call. It start- sons from the areas product management, proven to be an incredible tool to keep the ed as every other status call does marketing and development. lines of communication open between AMGwith a rundown of daily postings and status Anchored by a dynamic website that can be and its enthusiasts giving immediate feed-of open items. From the outside, this call may found at www.mercedes-amg.com/private- back on a variety of relevant topics.be compared to the calls that many corpora- lounge, the AMG enthusiast will find a wealth The Private Lounge is driven to provide AMGtions have every day. What set’s this call apart of detailed information about the AMG brand, enthusiasts with a way to get closer than everis the topics that are discussed. Gone are the the history, products and can be linked with to the AMG brand and other passionatediscussions about bottom line revenue, ex- other AMG enthusiasts through the Online owners. 2008 will see the continued expan-penses and Sarbanes Oxley, these calls have Discussion Boards. Much of the information sion of the Private Lounge with new events,questions like: What is the lock-up percentage found on the Private Lounge cannot be found new content, new give-aways and newof the AMG Limited Slip Differential? When anywhere else. functionality.can we welcome a Private Lounge group from 2007 saw incredible growth on the Private While the Private Lounge is currently limitedthe US in Affalterbach? How many spots do Lounge as membership grew close to 10,000. to US AMG enthusiasts, the overwhelmingwe have open for the AMG Winter Sporting in Driven by enthusiast feedback, the Private positive feedback has led to potential globali-2009? It may sound unusual, but it is a nor- Lounge team created some truly unique zation. Be on the lookout as the AMG Privatemal day in the life of the AMG Private Lounge. events and give-aways throughout the year. Lounge continues to connect AMG enthusi- The stage was set early in the year when asts around the globe.The AMG Private Lounge, or “The Lounge” as AMG announced at the “New York auto show”it is often referred to by AMG insiders, re- that ten CLK 63 AMG Black Series vehiclescently celebrated its second anniversary. The would be allocated through the AMG PrivatePrivate Lounge was conceived by Mario Spitz- Lounge. This groundbreaking program allow-ner, Director Branding, Marketing & Sales, as ed AMG enthusiasts a chance to pick up theira way to allow AMG owners a chance to inter- vehicles in Germany and participate in advan-act directly with Mercedes-AMG in Affalter- ce on track training as a part of the AMGbach and with each other. Tasked with build- MASTERS “Sport trophy”.ing an online community, the Private Loungecaters directly to the high octane lifestyle of In an effort to tailor events to AMG enthusi-AMG enthusiasts through exclusive content, asts, 2007 marked the first year that a speci-dynamic events, monthly chat sessions and al AMG Challenge Day was offered to Privatecommunity discussion boards. Lounge members. This day featured additio-The AMG Private Lounge is currently in its nal support directly from AMG in GermanyBeta phase only having been rolled out to and included an appearance by BerndAMG enthusiasts in the United States. On the Mayländer driving the 2006 SLK 55 AMGpart of Mercedes-AMG, Teresa von Tippels- Formula 1 Safety Car that had been broughtkirch is in charge of the Private Lounge, sup- specifically for this event.ported by a team of Mercedes-Benz USA. To keep the Private Lounge personal, once aScott Preacher, who was mainly responsible month, a one hour online chat session is heldfor establishing the Private Lounge and who where members can have direct contact withhimself is AMG enthusiast and customer, was AMG representatives. In true AMG fashion aappointed AMG Private Lounge Chief Editor. “boiler room” is set up so that a team of AMGThe team varies in size depending on the is- product managers can answer questions in AMG 2008 87
    • JOURNAL AMG enthusiasts take sterling sporty features for granted. The new AMG Collection offers fashion-conscious fans of the Affalterbach brand the perfect style choices. The top model is black and bears a subtle AMG logo. We’re talking about an all-weather fleece jacket made from polyethersulfon (PES) a highly durable synthetic material. Technology plus design, simply AMG. Apart from the all-weather fleece jacket, the AMG Collection in- cludes T-Shirts, polo shirts, rugby shirts and windbreak- ers for men, women and children in all standard sizes. FORM AND As well as cotton, the outdoor clothing is also made from high-grade cotton-nylon mixes and synthetic fibers. FUNCTION Decorative details like collars and button panels in con- trasting colors as well as accessories (caps, key fobs and a lanyard) provide a perfect look for any occasion. AMG Collection 2008 All products carry the AMG logo; unobtrusive, but in just the right place. Form and function harmonize at AMG, not just when it comes to cars. Even beyond its classic disciplines, the team from Affalterbach sets a high standard in the usual sovereign manner; the latest proof: the AMG Collection. www.mercedes-amg.com88 AMG 2008
    • “The greatest strength comes from within.” This saying describes the aim of yoga relaxation techniques and also applies to the engines produced by AMG. But how can yoga and AMG be reconciled? No problem. Every Wednesday a group of around 20 employees now meetRELAXATION to practice relaxation exercises at Mercedes-AMG, “Most of them men,” remarks the yoga instructor,EX WORKS Sandra Jonas. Under dimmed light conditions and with the smell of lemon grass in their noses, these yoga dis- ciples from all AMG departments learn that balance, breathing and concentration exercises can be very de- manding. Who can stand for minutes on end on one leg without wobbling? “Many people find that hard in the beginning,” agrees instructor Jonas. The rewards for all one’s efforts can be liberating. “Yoga leads to less stress and a more relaxed attitude,” explains the teacher, “and this in turn leads to a harmonious interaction with our fellow men”. And this in turn leads to perfect products. Because it all comes down to one principle: the greatest strength comes from the core, whether an eight-cylinder model or an engine with twelve combus- tion chambers. AMG 2008 89
    • The Performance Studio has been in existence for about two years and has already achieved cult status. How do you explain this overnight success? I think, it is because we have always managed to find the right balance between sportiness, on the one hand, and exclusive individuality on the other. Where do the limits of individualization lie for the Performance Studio? The safety and quality of our products are top priorities for us. This means that we sometimes would have to turn down customer requests, if they contradict these principles. However, compli- ance with the Mercedes-AMG safety standards is always in the customer’s best interest. Do customer requests vary a lot? Are there any AMG signs of particular fashion trends? There are indeed tangible differences when it PERFORMANCE comes to individualization, particularly when we compare markets like the US, Japan and Western STUDIO Europe. There is a marked difference when it comes to colors. In this case, developments are moving in the direction of more individual paint Bettina Morgenthaler-Kaeding was finishes. Black and silver are no longer as domi- born in Stuttgart/Germany and nant as in the past and the trend is now towards studied mechanical engineering at colored paint. However for us here in the Perform- the Technical College in Karlsruhe. ance Studio the task remains the same - whatever Having qualified as an engineer, she the changing trends: our aim is always to meet worked for almost ten years at customer’s requirements as comprehensively as Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen, one possible. of her tasks being the logistics project management for the new Which markets are most important for the Perform- C-Class. Bettina Morgenthaler- ance Studio? Kaeding has been director of At present our most important market is Europe. the Mercedes-AMG Performance Of course, our aim is to grow, for example, in Studio in Affalterbach since the United States. The “SL 63 AMG Performance summer 2007. Studio”, put on show as part of the press test drive event in Palm Springs, is a kind of ambassa- A discussion about the link dor for us. between sportiness and exclusive JOURNAL individuality. What can we expect to see from the Performance Studio in technical terms? We have a couple of new features up our sleeves. I think you’ll be quite surprised. I’ll just say this: If Mercedes-AMG is the Mount Olympus of cars, then the Performance Studio is the penthouse suite at the top of that mountain.90 AMG 2008
    • A Daimler Brand. www.mercedes-amg.com Only respect can make an F1 driver slow down. Mercedes SL 63 AMG. A different fast. Combined fuel consumption: 13.9 l/100 km, urban: 21.4 l/100 km, extra-urban: 9.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 330 g/km. The figures do not express any description of the emissions or fuel consumption of a car, are not part of any offer, and are intended to compare types of vehicles only.
    • A LOT OF BLACK, NOT MUCH CHROME – 190 E A GOOD TWENTY YEARS AGO, THIS COMBINATION WAS THE ULTIMATE.TOGETHER WITH A STRIKING FRONT APRON, 3.2 AMG THREE-PART LIGHT-ALLOY WHEELS ANDAN INTEGRATED REAR APRON, THE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY OF THE 190 E 3.2 AMG RELIES DETERMINEDLY ON SUBTLE UNDERSTATEMENT
    • DESIGNDYNAMISMANDELEGANCE AMGS ARE FAST AND DON’T HIDE THIS FACT. HOWEVER, DESIGN AT AMG IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF VISUAL SHOW. EVERY COMPONENT REVEALS ITS TECHNICAL SIDE. THE FACT THAT IT LOOKS GOOD TOO IS A BONUS AMG 2008 93
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    • EIGHT CYLINDERS INSTEAD OF SIX: ONLY A REAL CONNOISSEUR WOULD RECOGNISE THE V8 MODEL C 43 AMG 1993 1997POWER, BUT PACKAGED DISCREETLY – C 36 AMGREPRESENTED BOTH IN THE C 36 AMG FROM 1993 AND ITS SUCCESSOR, PRESENTED FOUR YEARS LATER, THE C 43 AMGC 43 AMG. THE EVER-CHANGING AUTO- MOTIVE ZEITGEIST MEANT THAT THE CHANGEOVER TO A NEW MODELBROUGHT A MOVE AWAY FROM CLEAR LINES TOWARDS DECIDELY ROUNDER FORMS AMG 2008 95
    • A NUMBERS GAME: SIX CYLINDERS PLUS COMPRESSOR, OR EIGHT CYLINDERS WITH AMPLE CAPACITY – C 32 AMG AND C 55 AMG GO THEIR OWN WAYS 2001 2004 AIR OF CHANGE – THE C 32 BEGINS THE NEW MILLENNIUM WITH FOUR EYES. THE AMG STYLING REVEALS CURVED EDGES IN C 32 AMG C 55 AMG THE AIR INTAKE VENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE V8 ENGINE OF THE C 55 AMG DEMANDS A COMPLETELY NEW FRONT END INCLUDING A WIDER FRONT AXLE TRACK – AND EVEN MORE COOLING AIR96 AMG 2008
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    • 2004 TOTAL WORK OF ART– LONG FRONT C 55 MUDGUARDS AND 18-INCH RIMS IN AIRY DOUBLE-SPOKE DESIGN GIVE THE EIGHT-CYLINDER POWERHOUSE AMG A SELF-ASSURED AURA98 AMG 2008
    • TEXT JAN VAN ROSSEM PHOTO HARRY RUCKABERLE 1987 THE RAPID PROGRESS OF TWO DECADES 2007 AESTHETICS EMBODIES THE FAST AMG MODELS AT FIRST DISCERNMENT SIGHT. AMG CHIEF DESIGNER CLAUS HIEKE, HOWEVER, BELIEVES IN “EVOLUTION DYNAMISM RATHER THAN REVOLUTION”T he first Baby Benz from AMG dating If you look at the various models together, a to immortalize the A of AMG is now a legend. from 1987 and the latest model, the consistent design principle soon becomes ap- “It was only much later that I realized the refer- C 63, are world’s apart. What parent. There are five key elements that deter- ence to Aufrecht, caused by the A,” smiles thelooks like a giant step from the customer’s mine the outer appearance of an AMG model: designer.perspective is in fact the result of numerous the front apron, the side skirts, the rear apron,small steps for chief designer Claus Hieke. the rear spoiler lip and the wheel rim design. T he exception mentioned is the suc-Hieke has been responsible for the look of the Each individual element contributes to the un- cessor model to the C 36 whoseracy bodywork at AMG since 1987. The chief mistakable look of the AMG car, although cooling rib finials in the front aprondesigner is a greater believer in evolution than nothing is added to the standard models just are not A-shaped. In this case the lines ofrevolution. This applies in particular to car for the sake of it. Everything follows the clas- the radiator mask have been extendeddesign. sic design principle of “form follows function”. downwards. This exception is due to the ef- Every design detail should also make sense forts at producing a harmonious image. In-What looks like a quantum leap is in fact a from a technical viewpoint. cluding an existing linearity it gives the car acontinuous development. “If you ask someone familiar look which is positively regarded bywhat they don’t like, you usually get a fairly For the 1987 E-Class, Claus Hieke did much of the customer. On a purely emotional level, ofprecise answer,” explains Claus Hieke. “How- the groundwork at AMG with the sloping A- course.ever, if you ask someone what they do like, shaped cooling fins in the front apron. Withyou will find most people can’t tell you. It’s all one exception, this basic look is reproduced in Other details typical of AMG will be introducedabout a feeling of harmony. This is sometimes all subsequent models and is almost like a in the C 36. The new displacement elementsachieved though tiny details. Things you logo for customers, who now consciously re- on the front apron and side skirts are moremightn’t notice at first glance.” This is pre- gister the visual elements of the various AMG noticeable from a technical perspective than acisely the job of the Design Department at models. The fact that Claus Hieke had chosen visual one. The wedge on the front ensuresMercedes-AMG. the A shape of the cooling rib finial as the way that less air enters the wheel arch, thus reduc- AMG 2008 99
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    • 2007 UNCOMPROMISINGLY SPORTY – THE C 63 C 63 AMG EMBODIES THE QUINTESSENCE OF THE AMG DESIGN LINES LIKE NO OTHER MODEL. WITH 336 KW/457 HP IT IS ALMOST AMG TWICE AS POWERFUL AS THE 190 E 3.2 AMG, AND THE V8 TOP MODEL UNABASHEDLY SHOWS OFF WHAT’S INSIDE. WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE ELEGANCE OF THE DESIGN LINES IN THE PROCESSSIDE AIR OUTLETS AND MULTI-SPOKED RIMS: THE C 63 AMG ALSO LEANS TOWARDSTHE SUCCESSFUL DTM TOURING CAR OPTICALLY AMG 2008 101
    • 1987 DESPITE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN 2007 FORM VISUAL PERCEPTION, AMG DESIGN FOLLOWS STANDS FOR STRATEGIC CONTINUITY. IN AFFALTERBACH, THE PURSUIT OF FUNCTION FASHIONABLE TRENDS IS LEFT TO OTHERSing uplift. “Wide tires aren’t really going to cut mising visual language shows that the designers tral star are eye-catching developments thatthe mustard from an aerodynamic point of believe in their work and its impact. witness the healthy self-assurance of theview,” explains Claus Hieke in his charmingly 15-strong AMG design team. The two powerlaconic way, then adding with a certain pride: There is one more element that enhances domes on the radiator hood show that this“Our design has largely done away with such the design of the front spoiler. It counters the model has nothing to hide. This is an act ofdisadvantages.” And there’s more: the various shape of the radiator and thus, in a way, mir- homage to the legendary SL models from thesurface mounted parts give the AMG models rors its shape. This again creates something 1950s. At the time this was technically essen-better aerodynamic resistance than the stand- positive. A familiar form is added and varied. tial because of the obliquely positioned engineard models. Form serves function. This gives the front of the car a well-balanced, and the desire to keep the hood as low as harmonious image. possible (otherwise one corner of the engineA nother decisive feature for AMG De- would have made a dent in the hood). As sign is the shaping of the wheel rims. The more the rockers are varied, as in the Claus Hieke admits with a smile, these days Apart from the multiple spoke mo- curvy eight-cylinder C 55 version, the more that is just an aesthetic element. But a littledels, the unmistakable five-spoke design has dynamic they are and the more they illustrate style must be allowed. Particularly when it un-practically become synonymous with AMG. the speed and sportiness of the car. The shape derlines that there’s a lot of power under thisThe recognition value is enormous - despite of the rockers is reminiscent of the structure hood.many variants with spokes of different widths of aerodynamic speedboats, which seem toand double spokes within the five-star system. float above the surface of the water. Although T he C 63 AMG is something like theThis despite the fact that a number of other this is not an intentional comparison, it is quintessence of the AMG design phi-manufacturers now also use a five-spoke de- nonetheless a happy one. losophy, which can be summarizedsign. Don’t they say that imitation is the best as follows: the modifications should be exter-form of flattery? In the interior too the designers at AMG have nally visible, but not at all off-putting. They are made their mark. Specially developed seat intended to express speed, but not too ag-The C 32 was the first model to feature a style covers and special upholstery for the seats, the gressively, because AMG customers love un-element that has survived to the present as an typical flattened circle of the steering wheel derstatement. The potential driving dynamismelementary detail in various versions of the and specially designed controls give the interi- of the various models is to be apparent at aAMG’s appearance. The sloping side finials of or an unmistakably exclusive AMG feeling. glance, although the elegance of the linear de-the air vent in the front spoiler are now more sign is paramount. This doesn’t give Clausmarked and have a dynamic twist. The so-cal- The latest model, the C 63 AMG, is the current Hieke and his team much room to maneuver.led rockers are becoming a hallmark of AMG highpoint in AMG designs: The much more no- However, the longer they do the job, thedesign and are also an expression of the con- ticeable skirts, the more compact front apron better the results.fidence of the brand. The powerful, uncompro- and the autonomous radiator grill with its cen-102 AMG 2008
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