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  • 1. SPECIAL THE TECHNOLOGYTHE PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE BEHIND THE NEW SLS AMG2009 BUSINESS HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM MOSCOW CLASS G 55 AMG JOINING FORCES: COMFORT AND POWER E 63 AMG TREND MATTE PAINT’S BRIGHT AND SHINY FUTURE
  • 2. CONSISTENCYTHE CONTOURS OFTHE E 63 AMG ARE ADIRECT TESTAMENTTO ITS POTENTIAL.THIS IS A PACKAGEFULL OF POWER ANDPASSION – BUILTTO LEAD THE FIELD
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  • 4. TEMPERAMENT525HORSEPOWERAND 630 NMTORQUEPRODUCE AUNIQUEEXPERIENCETHAT CAN EVEN BEEXPRESSEDIN NUMERICALTERMS:FROM0 TO 100 KM/HIN JUST4.5 SECONDS AMG 2009 5
  • 5. COMFORT ZONEEXCLUSIVE DETAIL-ING AND HIGH-CLASS MATERIALSALLIED WITH THEELECTRONICALLYCONTROLLEDDAMPING SYSTEM –PERFECT QUALITIESFOR LONG-DIS-TANCE JOURNEYS
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  • 7. SAFETYAWARENESSFATIGUE ALERTS,NIGHT VISION ASSIST,HIGH BEAM ASSIST,TRACKING ASSISTANDBLIND SPOT ASSIST.TECHNICALSTANDARDS FORTHE CAR OF THEFUTURE – JUST LIKE THEAUTOMATIC FULLBRAKE FUNCTION AMG 2009 9
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  • 9. Numbers can reveal a lot. They can’t, and night vision assist, as well as a lower rpm, the new E 63 AMG achieveshowever, fully describe special charac- PRE-SAFE® brake system with automat- an average fuel consumption of justteristics on their own. With the calcula- ic full brake function – to name just a 12.6 liters per 100 km – a benchmarktions of its fiery temperament (525 HP, few features. in this performance class!630 Nm torque) and impressive accel-eration values (from 0 to 100 km/h in Superior performance takes on an en- The new SLS AMG also promises ajust 4.5 seconds), the new E 63 AMG tirely different dimension in the new range of new features. This edition ofmakes a truly overwhelming impres- Mercedes E 63 AMG. Its AMG SPEED- AMG Magazine aims to look at thosesion. But it isn’t just these statistics SHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox features, thereby providing exclusivethat make the E 63 AMG so attractive. puts you in total control of the power- insight into the impressive technology ful eight-cylinder, 6.3-liter, all-purpose behind this fascinating Gullwing car.The new Mercedes-Benz E Class high-speed aspirated engine. Sportplayed a significant role in shaping the drivers can opt to shift manually on the Enjoy this preview of a new breed ofpersonality of the E 63 AMG. This racetrack, while driving enthusiasts high-performance sports car. A top-means that in addition to enormous can take their favorite route in the “S+” class automobile with the thorough-power, the E 63 AMG also offers busi- mode, which offers automatic shifting bred lineage of Mercedes-AMG, whichness-class comfort, excellent long-haul in under 100 milliseconds. And the fills me with pride and a great deal ofqualities and a safety package that is “Controlled Efficiency” mode converts joy.unequalled: fatigue alerts, tracking as- the powerful engine torque into timelysist, blind spot assist, high beam assist fuel savings. Thanks to this consistentlySincerely yours,Volker MornhinwegCEO, Mercedes-AMG GmbH PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER AMG 2009 13
  • 10. A Daimler Brand Wall Street opens lower, Affalterbach dynamic as The new E 63 AMG. Master of Business Acceleration. www.mercedes-amg.com /E63AMG Fuel consumption (combined, extra urban, urban): 12.6/9.1/18.7 l/100 km: CO -Emission (combined): 295 g/km. The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models.
  • 11. Tokyo stocks weaker, Tokyo stocks weaker,usual. usual.
  • 12. The most important tools of this duo are their flat- screen displays, their way with people – and their smiles. “For visitors we are the first face of the busi- ness,” says Hülya Sezgi (right), describing her job at JOURNAL the reception desk in the AMG Customer Center. The daily tasks facing her and her colleague Claudia Bar- nickel can be quite demanding. To wit: a Middle-Eas- tern head of state – a familiar face to both of them – asks for a detailed meeting with an AMG consultant, and a number of eager customers have arrived to col- lect their AMG Mercedes. A press conference is under FIRST way at the same time, to be followed later by a cus- tomer event. Yet the two First Ladies are always in LADIES control, always charming. They have been the smile of AMG since 2002. Of course, English is essential. And Sezgi speaks Spanish, too. She also has another in- valuable ability that constantly amazes customers: she remembers every face and always greets visitors by name (with discreet help from her electronic diary).16 AMG 2009
  • 13. A passion for the beautiful things in life and a demand for handcrafted perfection: when Giuseppe Santoni talks about AMG, you immediately feel the genuine enthusiasm that only happens when equals meet. The first result of this col- ONE MAN laboration is the “Santoni for AMG” line, which the Italian expert in elegant footwear has developed exclusively for theONE SHOE Affalterbach brand. The qualities shared by both brands are evident in the consistency with which they jointly approach the manufacturing project. In line with the AMG principle of “one man, one engine”, Santoni takes a “one man, one pair of shoes” approach; just as each motor is signed by the re- sponsible mechanic in Affalterbach, the Santoni shoes also carry the name of the shoemaker who produced them. Natu- rally, because Santoni’s business means that he cannot sim- ply walk in his own exquisite shoes all the time, he also val- ues perfection when it comes to mobility – perfection in the form of the CLS 63 AMG, to be precise. “The combination of comfort and performance is unique,” says Signor Santoni appreciatively. He covers a good 50,000 kilometers per year behind the wheel: “Driving is part of my life”, he says. Another reason why he and AMG are a perfect match. AMG 2009 17
  • 14. „WHEN I PLAY WITH MATTE PAINT, I BLUR THE CONTOURS, THEREBY EMPHASISING THEM“TREND WOLF-DIETER HACKER, AMG DESIGNER AND TREND SCOUT AMG 2009 19
  • 15. HARDAS AMG IS THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO OFFER A MATTE FINISH ON PRODUCTION VEHICLES. EXPERTS PREDICT AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM THE AUTOMOTIVE HAUTE COUTURE FOR THIS FASCINATING FINISHSATIN20 AMG 2009
  • 16. TEXT JAN BRÜLLE PHOTO HANS-JÜRGEN WIESNER/DEBEOS STUDIOS s the nets are pulled in, the seething out having to rely on a screeching purple or Indeed, even in the development stage of theA mass slowly becomes visible: the an intense orange hue to scream distinctive- matte white finish for the SL 63 AMG Edition time has come to sort the fish. It is ness to shocked fellow motorists. IWC, the oscillating matt/gloss wave resultedalways an event when fishermen reel in their “Of course, you can use the technology to in a significant deflection in both directions –catch. If there is a shark caught in the net, it emphasize sportiness”, notes Hacker. “Yet that is to say, a high amplitude on the shinebecomes a particularly special occasion. magno can also be warm, sensual – and, first scale was first achieved with a metallic whiteSpectators leap back, then reapproach cau- and foremost, elegant.” finish, then firmly countered by the matte fin-tiously, wanting to take a closer look at the Whether a sportscar, an off-road vehicle or a ish. The result is similar to the backgroundpredator. And above all, to touch it: The skin limousine – and even more than the white shimmer of mother-of-pearl. The next plannedof the shark is rough, they say. You could cut color megatrend, which recently managed to matte finish offers a refined allusion to theyourself on it – fitting armor for such an ag- penetrate the phalanx of black, blue and sil- silver arrow of Mercedes-Benz racing history:gressive creature. At first touch, however, the ver on the streets – a matte finish empha- a grey matte metal tone, which makes itshark’s leathery exterior proves to be as- sizes the modern lines and striking design of seem as if the C 63 AMG has been forged outtoundingly smooth, the contact a veritably the car. “When I play with matte paint”, ex- of pure industrial steel.silken experience. plains Hacker, “I blur the outlines, therebyIt was the same effect Hans-Joachim Wal- emphasizing them in the process. So I need a R ight: You want to touch it straightitschek experienced the first time he present- certain solidity to place the matt concept away. And you can. You shouldn’t,ed a car painted with a matte finish. “People well.” however, polish this “magno” mas-wanted to touch the car”, reports the designer, A number of technical hurdles had to be ne- terpiece. But then, you wouldn’t try that withwho sketches at Mercedes-Benz for the gotiated before Mercedes-Benz could become a shark, either.development of new paint trends. “You ex- the first car manufacturer to bring the mattpect it to be rough. But it feels more velvety, finish to mass production – including the fearmore sensual than a high-gloss finish.” that matte surfaces may be too sensitive forThe surprisingly positive response was the fi- everyday treatment, something that has longnal confirmation needed to begin perfecting been disproven.the paint which, under the name “magno”,now brings the Mercedes-Benz paint range n addition, a modern matte finishinto a completely new dimension – and I must also fulfill the same require-which, as “Designer Magno Cashmere White”, ments as those demanded of a glossadorns the first matte-finish vehicle to enter finish. “For a magno finish, we work along themass production: The SL 63 AMG Edition same principles as those we have developedIWC. through our experience with conventional fin-The refracted shimmer of the roadster repre- ishes over the years”, Hacker explains. “A dip-sents a break with the tradition of gloss fin- ping paint protects from corrosion, which inish, a tradition stretching from early coach turn must be protected from UV radiation – apaintwork through to the deep reflections of task assigned to the external layer of paint,the latest Alubeam paints. which simultaneously provides the matt ef-The first impetus for matte finish came more fect.”than ten years ago, and was in fact rather co- The many layers are also responsible for theincidental. “Test vehicles were normally given visual depth that characterizes “magno”. Thea matte black base, and the edges masked initial doubts as to the daily handling of thewith black tape”, remembers Wolf-Dieter matte paint have meanwhile been turned onHacker, a paint expert and early trend fore- their ear: the finish has proven to be extreme-caster in Walitschek’s department. Yet, when- ly resistant to scratching. The “magno” vehi-ever he was on the road in one of these light- cles seem to repel dirt like a spacesuit. Theabsorbing cars, he always received any Mercedes-Benz paint developers have thusnumber of positive comments. “Of course, we managed to construct the perfect exterior forwere never going to appeal to the masses motor vehicles, uniting form with function inwith the matte concept”, explains Walitschek. the process. Perhaps it’s no coincidence,This seemed like the best prospect for a sub- then, that AMG vehicles are the first to maketly distinguishing characteristic with which a the new technology available to connoisseursdriver could set him- or herself apart – with- in a mass-produced form. AMG 2009 21
  • 17. SUNNY TANCHINATHE MOST SUCCESSFUL AMG AND MERCEDES-BENZSALES PARTNER IN CHINA, 50-YEAR-OLD SUNNY TAN,WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GREAT WALL AT SUNRISE.“SEEING IS BELIEVING – PEOPLE BUY THEIR CARS FROMTHE BROCHURE. STRETCH VERSIONS AND BLACKPAINTWORK ARE ALWAYS THE MOST POPULAR CHOICES.”24 AMG 2009
  • 18. PERFORMANCE CENTERTHREEWORLDSUNDERA SINGLESTAREACH AMG PERFORMANCE CENTER WORLDWIDEIS UNIQUE. AND YET EACH OF THEMDEMONSTRATES THE UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIESFOR CUSTOMIZING AN AMG CAR. WE SPOKEWITH THREE AMG SHOWROOM EXPERTSTEXT CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT PHOTO M. BOLSINGER, C. MORLOK, S. PFLAEGING, H. SIMAYER AMG 2009 25
  • 19. THOMAS GUTSWITZERLANDTHE WINE ENTHUSIAST WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AGAINST THE BACK-GROUND OF A WONDERFUL ALPINE LANDSCAPE. GUT LIKES TOORGANIZE REGULAR INCENTIVES THAT DON’T JUST FOCUS ONTHE CAR. VISITS TO THE GERMAN TOURING CAR MASTERS (DTM),GOLF TROPHY AND DRIVER TRAINING COURSES ARE PARTICULAR-LY POPULAR: “I WANT DIRECT CONTACT WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.”26 AMG 2009
  • 20. ED BONELLIUSARANCHES, HERDS OF CATTLE AND OIL DERRICKS –THAT’S YESTERDAY’S NEWS. NOW DALLAS IS ONEOF THE BIGGEST HIGH-TECH CENTERS IN THEUSA AND HOME TO ED BONELLI, THE NAME YOUCAN TRUST FOR THE TEXAN AMG COMMUNITY:“THE SLS AMG WILL BE DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS.” AMG 2009 27
  • 21. he entrance to the AMG bar crosses more S Class models than in the USA”, the nies to settle here too. High-tech and high-T a little bridge, under which eighty- AMG expert estimates. “Sales of the R Class speed are two qualities not unknown to Ed eight Koi carp circle. The number 88 are also very good.” Last year, Sunny was Bonelli of the AMG Performance Center atis synonymous with good luck in the Middle able to hand over the keys to 80 cars, most Park Place Motorcars. The 53-year-old hasKingdom. In Chinese, the word for the num- of them S 65 AMG models. Photos of the high-octane fuel in his blood. “My father wasber eight is the same as the term for well-be- handover ceremony are very much in demand an engineer and really got me interested ining, success and happiness. That’s why the for the family album. On the other hand, the technology.” When he was only eleven, EdSummer Olympic Games in Beijing were Chinese customer base is noticeably reticent rode his first motorcycle, a minibike. As aopened on 8 April 2008 at 08:08:08 in the in asking for other special requests. “Seeing teenager in New York, he fell in love with mo-evening. Sunny Tan, China’s most successful is believing – people buy their cars from the tocross. Custom bikes and heavy cruisersAMG and Mercedes sales partner, surprises brochure. Stretch versions and black paint- were never his thing; at the age of 16, he washis guests with Chinese symbolism like this work are always the most popular choices.” driving a Swedish Husqvarna. “I was an activeas soon as they reach the reception area of Sunny Tan is actually a passionate golfer, but motocross rider for six years. While at collegethe AMG Performance Center in the Daimler these days he hardly ever gets to the course. I worked in motorcycle repair shops to beTower Peking in the Chaoyang District. Tan “I had my greatest day at the Mercedes Deal- able to pay for my biking.” This is a sport thathas a sixth sense for business, even his horo- er Tournament, when I got a hole-in-one!” he drives both man and machine to the limit, andscope says so.“My star sign is the pig,” he laughs heartily. “But why should I waste a lot Ed is just as passionate about his machineslaughs. “That represents really good busi- of time on the golf course when my heart lies today. With his technical know-how in theness.” The 175 AMG Performance Centers in with the Mercedes star?” AMG Performance Centre, Bonelli has plentyAmerica, Asia and Europe use impressive of insider tips from and for AMG fans. For thePoint of Sales elements to emphasize the un-limited customization options available with FOR SUNNY past 13 years he has acted as Service Man- ager, looking after his “family”, the Texan AMGAMG cars. Last year, AMG presented its Per- TAN, BUSINESS drivers. “We often meet at the racetrack, forformance Centers to a group of invited guestsin an exclusive event-filled tour of Germany, IS LIFE example, at the MotorSport Ranch here in Dallas. Sometimes we even go as far as TulsaJapan, China and the USA. This resulted in a Even the cappuccino that Sunny has us in Oklahoma.” The officers of the Highway Pa-lively exchange between customers, well- served is decorated with a Mercedes star in trol aren’t permitted to turn a blind eye –known racing drivers and the makers of the cocoa powder. He then hurries us along; he even to the much-admired AMG. This is justAMG. The second leg of the performance tour wants to give us a tour of boomtown Beijing one of the reasons why there’s hardly anothercontinues in 2009 in 22 more countries such with its countless building sites. In our CLS country in the world with as many asphalt-as Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Russia, 63 AMG, we elegantly weave our way through covered leisure tracks as the USA. If you’reSouth Africa and the United Arab Emirates. the mass of traffic. “The latest thing here is a member of the MotorSport Ranch, you canThe focus won’t just be on the new E 63 AMG. that only some cars are allowed onto the fulfill your childhood dream by buying aThat’s because it’s common knowledge streets at the same time”, he explains. “It “trackside villa”, taking you closer to motorthat AMG and Mercedes stand for more than works by number plate. Different last num- racing than even Bernie Ecclestone. There’sjust cars. Anyone visiting a few of these spe- bers have a turn on each day of the week.” no limit to the love of fast cars in America,cialist AMG support centers will encounter Sunny’s AMG has the right number for today. and the members of the Texan AMG commu-special characteristics typical of the particu- We come to the Square of Heavenly Peace. nity all drive cars made in Affalterbach, withlar country in which they’re located. The Next to it lies the Forbidden City. Although the C 63 AMG, E 63 AMG and SL 63 AMGexclusive showrooms also reflect the person- this is crowded with visitors, it’s the only the clear favorites. However, people are reallyality of their operators, true to the motto place where the AMG can find some peace looking forward to the first pure AMG, theof the creators of the AMG engine: One Man, - and quiet. At the heavenly temple of Tiantán SLS AMG. “It’s going to be drop-dead gor-One Engine. is one of the few tranquil areas where city geous”, says Ed, his eyes twinkling. “A Gull- dwellers and tourists alike can take a little wing model recently drove past me in aving grown up in Singapore, Sunny time out. Sunny, on the other hand, likes to Affalterbach, but unfortunately it was stillH has lived in Beijing since 1995. “My relax in a completely different way. While it’s camouflaged. However, thankfully, the sound wife and my three children live in still dark, he climbs into his AMG and drives was unfiltered!” Ed visited AMG at the begin-Singapore, a six-hour flight from here. That to the Great Wall in time for the sunrise. This ning of April and came home with red-hotmeans that a lot of family life centers around is an exceptional trip because life without news about the much-anticipated car. Beforethe telephone.” In Asia, long-distance rela- business would be no life at all for Sunny Tan. that, he took the opportunity to visit Italy, thetionships like this are as much part of a pro- birthplace of his grandparents, for the firstfessional career as the dream of owning one allas, Texas – synonymous for many time in his life, although there’s evidence ofof the automobiles with the star over the radi- D years with gigantic ranches, herds of Bonelli’s Italian roots in his longtime passionator. For Mercedes-Benz, China is the second cattle and oil derricks. These days for football. “My son played soccer for a longlargest market outside Europe after the USA. the magic words are “Silicon Prairie”. After time,” reveals the Juventus Turin fan. “Natu-In 2008, sales here rose by almost 25% to California, Dallas is one of the biggest high- rally, when I was in Italy, the first thing I did46,600. As well as the S Class, SUVs are also tech centers in the USA. Texas Instruments, was to visit the stadium to see a game livevery popular, despite all the economic turbu- the inventors of the microprocessor, are lo- from the stands. The atmosphere was inde-lence. “In 2009, we have succeeded in selling cated here and have attracted other compa- scribable.”28 AMG 2009
  • 22. PERFORMANCE IS EVERYTHING: IMPRESSIVE POINT OF SALES ELEMENTS EMPHASIZE THE UNLIMITED CUSTOMIZING OPTIONS AVAILABLE WITH AMG CARSThe change of scenery could hardly be more Thomas grew up with the Mercedes star and crisis. “A lot of money is being spent on luxu-dramatic. Meadows and woods on gentle is a trained automobile mechanic and electri- ry goods at present because the banks areslopes, vineyards with top-quality Riesling and cian. His career began with a large Mercedes not paying enough interest”, smiles Thomas.Pinot grapes, above them massive crags and importer in Zurich. However, his dream job The greatest demand is for the G 55 AMG,snow-topped peaks. Nestled in the middle of was to be a Formula 1 engineer, which is why C 63 AMG, SLK 55 AMG, E 55 AMG and thethis storybook landscape is the Eastern Swiss he decided to study mechanical engineering. E 63 AMG. “At present we are waiting forAMG Performance Center in Maienfeld. The When Thomas took over the business in three SLK 63 AMG Black Series.” A Porscheplace is best known as the location of the 1992, he applied his passion for motorsports Center is due to open right next door shortly.Heidi books. Author John Knittel (Via Mala, to the expansion of the AMG business. Some GT3 drivers order sporty models likeThe Travels of Aaron West) also lived here. “Things really took off with the C 36 AMG”, the AMG ML 63 AMG and G 55 AMG fromHowever, AMG drivers and fans don’t come to he recalls. “Our customers wanted to make Thomas Gut in order to get to the racetrack“Heidi’s village” primarily for sightseeing or to their AMGs even more personal, so we began faster. “Some customers drive several AMGspamper themselves in the neighboring Grand the fine-tuning business in the form of exclu- and exchange these models for new onesHotel Hof Ragaz. Their first stop is Thomas sive leather finishes.” Although these days twice each year.” The Eastern Swiss AMGGut and his “garage”, as car dealerships and the AMG models and AMG Performance Stu- Performance Center sold 25 AMGs last year;repair shops are known in Switzerland. dio special features mean that there are for Thomas, the handing over of an AMG Mer- countless available AMG design options, cedes is always a highlight. “When we sell aSOME CUSTOMERS nonetheless, some customers want some- thing even more personal. Everyone has his compact model it’s a bit like a tasty snack. But when you serve up an AMG to the cus-WANT SOMETHING own particular taste and, in an effort to cater tomer, you feel like a four-star chef.”MORE PERSONAL to this, Thomas likes to get to know his cus- tomers. If possible, an “AMG Meet and Greet”I n the newly built dealership we meet takes place every Saturday. The wine expert Thomas Gut in the AMG Performance organizes incentives that are not always cen- Centre. His desk is located in the tered on cars. However, there is always plentyshowroom itself. From here, the owner over- of demand for visits to the German Touringsees day-to-day business. “This is where I can Car Masters (DTM), Golf Trophy and driverfeel the pulse of the business”, he says. “I training courses. Just a few kilometers awaywant direct contact with our customers.” The from Maienfeld is the principality of Liechten-family business, which employs 25 people, stein. Many bankers buy AMG cars. The per-enjoys a long tradition. Mercedes cars have formance of an AMG is more exciting thanbeen the focus for Garage Gut AG since 1969. stock market rates – and not just in times of AMG 2009 29
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  • 24. COLLECTING PEOPLEHORST WACKERBARTH USES HIS RED SOFA TO PHOTOGRAPH REAL LIFE.AMG CONJURES ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE ARTIST THAT REMIND HIM OF THE TIMEHE FIRST BROKE FREE – AND OF THE FIRST ST. MORITZ ART MASTERS (SAM)TEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO HEIKO SIMAYER orst Wackerbarth loves contrasts.The them. This is also where the photo was pro- will be offered a program of art and music atH Düsseldorf artist seeks out people all duced that proved to be one of the really world-class standards. The “Walk of Art” over the world: men and women, old great exceptions in Horst Wackerbarth’s life. route will give everyone the chance to experi-and young, fat and thin, poor and wealthy, The picture shows the artist on his own red ence contemporary art in a wide variety ofoutlaws and stars. He sits them down on a couch, his head in his hands, sitting barefoot ways. Works by artists with international rep-red couch, photographs them and interviews on the roof of an AMG Mercedes. This is one utations like Mike Kelley, Gerhard Richterandthem. Wackerbarth collects these people for of the very few pictures he did not take him- Julian Schnabel will be exhibited in unusualhis encyclopedic life’s work, what he calls the self. AMG transferred the picture onto a can- locations, while right next to AMG, in front of“Gallery of Mankind”. His aim? To portray a vas measuring almost 100 by 70 centimeters the Badrutt’s Palace, Belgian styleicon Arnebroad cross-section of people from every and recently presented Wackerbarth with the Quinze is showing one of his own high-profilewalk of life and every age group. result as a reminder of SAM and the friend- installations. The churches and five-star ho-It all started in 1979 with Jack, the elevator ship that was sealed there. tels of St. Moritz are also transformed into artman. The African-American lift operator from Wackerbarth was 17 when AMG was founded galleries by day, while the evenings are givenNew York City was the first person to sit on in 1967. That was the year he stopped playing over to top-class orchestras and soloists,Wackerbarth’s red couch. He was followed by football, moved out of home and took part in such as the Chamber Orchestra of the Viennaa long line of people who could hardly have demonstrations. He claims to this day that he and Berlin Philharmonic, Russianstar pianistbeen more different: actor Sir Peter Ustinov, doesn’t know what he was protesting against. Denis Matsuev or conductor Valéry Gergiev,a housekeeper from Moscow, former Soviet However, he has a very clear memory of the who electrified the audience at the SAM pre-President Mikhail Gorbachev, Barbie, the first AMG he ever drove, back in 1983. It was miere. The highlights for jazz fans are the per-painter Jörg Immendorff. Each of them is a silver AMG Mercedes 500 SE with a car formances by young artists from the es-asked a series of questions by Wackerbarth: phone. “That was something very unusual at teemed Montreux Festival, providing sometheir deepest wishes and fears, what work the time and really impressed the girls. This contemporary accents in the musical pro-means to them, or who created the universe. was the perfect car to express your own per- gram.He always places his bright red sofa in the sonality and individuality.”middle of the space occupied by his subject. The 59-year-old has already covered several The latest information about theSometimes it will be found in a scrap yard, hundreds of thousands of kilometers with his St. Moritz Art Masters can be found atsometimes in front of the EU Parliament in sofa, travelling through America, Europe and www.stmoritzartmasters.comBrussels, then in a supermarket or in the mid- Africa on the lookout for images. At the mo-dle of a forest. The couch becomes a stage ment, Wackerbarth is on the road once again.set and even, for a select few, a throne, be- For “RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Cul-cause Wackerbarth gives his subjects his full ture”, he is examining the theme of migration.attention, so that, for a moment, the whole Time constraints mean that Wackerbarth’sworld revolves around them. sofa will not be making an appearance at thisDuring the first St. Moritz Art Masters (SAM) year’s event in St. Moritz – much to his re-in 2008, he set up his couch on a footbridge gret. “The first Art Masters show was verywith a tranquil lake, the sleepy Starzer Forest well received by the public. Where else canand the snow-capped Alps in the background. you go on holidays and experience nature andHe placed the visitors to the SAM show in contemporary art at the same time?”Visitorsthis panorama and took Polaroid pictures of to the second St. Moritz Art Masters 2009 AMG 2009 31
  • 25. DRIVINGBABYYOUCANDRIVEMYCARTEXT JAN VAN ROSSEM PHOTO HEIKO SIMEYER AMG 2009 33
  • 26. WHEN AMG PUTS OUT A SAN FRANCISCO CALL FOR DRIVER EXPERI- ENCE TRAINING, IT’S UN- MONTEREY/CARMEL USUAL TO FIND A WOMAN LAGUNA SECA AMONG THE CANDIDATES. THE CHARMING EXCEPTION IN THIS MAN’S WORLD IS SAN LUIS OBISPO HIGHWAY 1 THE AMERICAN ROCHELLE MANNS: SHE’S THE AMAZON OF THE ASPHALT LOS ANGELES CRUISING TO THE RACETRACK: TAKING THE OCEAN VIEW ROAD TO LAGUNA SECA ith only a few centimeters between W them, the two cars race for the sharp right corner. The sun is peak- ing in the sky. High noon. Rochelle Manns sharply applies the brakes to her C 63 AMG at the last moment. For the third time the driver in the SLK 55 AMG tries to pass her. No chance. Like a professional, she finds the ideal moment to accelerate her racing ma- chine with all the power at her disposal. She glides elegantly into the bend, and her opponent will once again finish this round behind her. Even the land of unlimited opportunity has its limits. Fairly rigid speed restrictions, for ex- ample. On the so-called freeways, the maxi- mum permissible speed is 65 miles per hour, a little more than 100 kilometers per hour. Not exactly ideal conditions for the brand- new AMG C 63 that belongs to Rochelle, known to everyone simply as “Shelly.” De- spite all the rules, she finds it “a whole lot of fun” to drive the powerful automobile at full throttle. Shelly makes this quite evident dur- ing the previous day, as she cruises along the Pacific coast on Ocean View Road between Monterey and Carmel, California, in a rented Volvo. Two hours’ drive south of San Francis- co, the coast takes on a wild aspect. But Shelly hasn’t come here for the picture-post- card beauty of the surroundings. She’s here in search of speed. Twenty miles inland from Monterey is Laguna Seca, one of the most challenging racetracks in the United States. This is where AMG has invited her to a driver’s training session. Here, away from speed limits of any kind, customers are given the opportunity to push themselves to the limit.34 AMG 2009
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  • 28. On Ocean View Road, a silver-colored SUV suddenly starts to overtake, streaking past the Volvo. Shelly lets it go. “I’m feeling re- laxed today,” she says, and smiles as she takes in the view of the Pacific surf. It won’t be until tomorrow, when she hits the tarmac on the Laguna Seca racetrack, that she will become an Amazon in what is typically a man’s field. Right now, Shelly is simply enjoying the day and taking it easy. As we ride together through the spectacular natural surroundings, we arrange to meet her for a chat. Later we will enjoy a cup of coffee to the sound of the breaking waves and will take a quick detour to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a picturesque little town with tiny, brightly painted houses pro- tected from the sun by the famous majestic arms of the expansive pine trees. Carmel-by- the-Sea is the place where actor and director Clint Eastwood held the title of mayor for many years. A cell phone rings. Shelly picks up. It’s her LAGUNA SECA: ONE OF son. “Have you eaten any breakfast?” – THE MOST CHALLENGING “Really?” – “You’ve gotta eat something.” – RACETRACKS IN THE US “OK. I’ll call you later.” Shelly looks around apologetically: “He’s so lazy. He’d rather go 6 hungry than fix himself something to eat.” 8 Intuitively, Shelly looks for somewhere to RAHAL STRAIGHT place her phone, experiences a moment of THE CORKSCREW 7 uncertainty, then puts it back in her purse. She’s out of her element. After all, she’s not 8A behind the wheel of her AMG. The conversa- 9 tion continues unabated while Shelly’s hands RAINEY CURVE hold the steering wheel and operate the 5 phone at the same time. The 38-year-old is a real communicator, and today she’s taking it 4 all in: the day, the sunshine, and the chance 10 to get away from work and family for a little while. Outside the world of AMG, Shelly is in the IT business. Not only that, she’s very suc- cessful within that field. So this is the way we 2 find her: a successful, self-confident, single 11 ANDRETTI HAIRPIN parent who grew up in Philadelphia on the 3 East Coast and later moved out here to San Diego. 1 t is just after one o’clock in the after- I noon in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The sun is incredibly hot. Time for a refresh- ing bite to eat. It’s a good thing that there are still two seats free in A.W. Shucks Oyster Bar this Saturday. A.W. Shucks is one of the most popular meeting places, located on Ocean Avenue, on the South Side neighborhood be- tween San Carlos and Dolores. The lively bar offers freshly caught seafood specialties of all36 AMG 2009
  • 29. kinds, ice cold local beer, and huge cocktails, she drove so moderately during our earlier ex- which are going down a treat here even cursion to the Pacific coast. The guy sitting though it’s only lunchtime. As we eat our way next to her at the table knows how to get through a mixed platter of oysters (Shelly rec- around penalties for excessive speeds. He ommends Tabasco on them – not bad at all), smiles knowingly before sharing his exper- shrimp, and other delicacies that the surging tise. “You’ve got to make a contribution to the tides of the Pacific have to offer, she talks en- Police Widows and Orphans Fund. That enti- thusiastically about the election of Barack tles you to a border around your number plate Obama as the first black President of the with a 1199 on it. When the sheriffs see your United States. She’s more than a little skepti- number plate, they tend to turn a blind eye.” cal, but also full of hope for a man with the right ideals. A relaxing day is drawing to a helly enjoys plenty of respect even close. We return along the same breathtaking S without the 1199 on her number route, flanked on either side by one of the plate. She drives an AMG. She most important golf courses in the world, the knows it looks really cool – a lady in a sleek, famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. The nearer powerful automobile. The other 25 partici- we get to Monterey, the former center of the pants in the event – all of them male – also Californian fishing industry, the setting for find it cool. Tomorrow, on the Laguna Seca John Steinbeck’s famous novel Cannery Row, course, they intend to show the AMG lady and a popular playground for the Californian that although they may respect her, they are sea otter, the more clearly we can see the certainly not afraid of this “Amazon of the discrepancy between nature and human habi- Asphalt.” Shelly Manns wouldn’t have expect- tation. ed anything else. She smiles impishly. here is something special taking T place on the far side of the road asROCHELLE MANNS IS PICTURED IN the wild Pacific coast puts on a dra-ACTION BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HER matic natural performance as the sun sets,AMG AND TALKING TO MARIO SPITZNER, revealing a series of wide beaches andDIRECTOR MARKETING; BRANDING bizarre cliff formations. On the other side of& SALES OF MERCEDES-AMG – ON Sunset Drive is a seemingly endless collec-LAGUNA SECA’S RACE TRACK tion of architectural monstrosities: white columns that look as if they came from an- cient Greece stand in front of a dilapidated blockhouse, side-by-side with small houses with brutish stone façades and brash, orange- colored window frames. All of this in a loca- tion with a priceless view. In the evening, the AMG drivers and fans meet for the welcome dinner, a 48-hour gathering of a passionate family of speed freaks. People get to know each other here, Shelly among them. If not the first, then definitely the second question on everyone’s lips when they turn to their neighbor at the table is: “And what do you drive?” The advantages of the various AMG models are discussed over a plate of mussels, salad and steak, and a glass of local wine. One or two glasses later and the experiences and anecdotes really start to flow. And – sur- prise, surprise – many of the stories have something to do with speed and speed re- strictions. Shelly wants to race as soon as possible and is anxious to get the necessary SCCA license. The only problem might be her previous run-ins with the Highway Patrol for speeding. That’s also one of the reasons why AMG 2009 37
  • 30. A Daimler Brand Climb the corporate ladder enough that you still get to The new E 63 AMG. Master of Business Acceleration. www.mercedes-amg.com /E63AMG Fuel consumption (combined, extra urban, urban): 12.6/9.1/18.7 l/100 km: CO -Emission (combined): 295 g/km. The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models.
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  • 32. SHOW ROOM 1 SL 65 AMG BLACK SERIES THE POWER PACK CYLINDERS V12 DISPLACEMENT CM3 5,980 OUTPUT KW/HP 493/670 AT 5,400 RPM TORQUE 1,000 NM TRANSMISSION AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0 -100 KM/H 3.8 SECONDS MAX KM/H 320 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED40 AMG 2009
  • 33. THE NEW SIDE SKIRT CLADDING, 265/35 R 19 FORMAT TYRES IN FRONT AND 325/30 R 20 ON THE BACK, AS WELL AS THE “V12 BITURBO” LOGO. THE EXTERIOR OF THE NEW SL 65 AMG BLACK SERIES EMPHASIZES THE DOMINANCE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE COUPÉ 493 kW/670 HP at 5,400 rpm? Its torque has lines and a larger rear window for the SL 65LESS WEIGHT AND MORE been electronically limited to 1,000 newton- AMG Black Series. Other aerodynamically im-PERFORMANCE: THE meters. New to the SL 65 AMG Black Series portant elements are the carbon-fiber rearREDESIGN OF NEARLY ALL twelve-cylinder engine are the turbochargers wing that extends up to 12 centimeters with an enlarged helical cross-section and op- at speeds of over 120 km/h, increasingITS BODY COMPONENTS timized wastegate channels to guide the aspi- downforce at the back by 50 kilograms atAND AN UNBEATABLE rated air. Then come the rear mufflers and 200 km/h, and a rear apron with diffuser fins.TWELVE-CYLINDER ENGINE- the 30% more powerful low-temperature Wide fenders were needed in order to accom-MAKE THE SL 65 AMG charged air coolers, which provide for greater modate the impressive-looking tires – 265/35 stability and enable maximum performance. R 19 to the front and 325/30 R 20 to the rear.BLACK SERIES A TOP Because many components are made fromMODEL, FAR SUPERIOR The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 5-speed auto- extremely light composite carbon fiber, theTO THE COMPETITION matic transmission with four driving pro- SL 65 AMG Black Series weighs 250 kilo- grams is tailor-made to benefit from the grams less than the SL 65 AMG and boasts a generous levels of power available. The auto- high power-to-weight ratio of 2.79 kg/HP. matic engine revs up as you downshift, Racing sport is the dominant theme in the in- delivering real pleasure in both acoustic terior. Black nappa leather, carbon trim, an hey really should only allow people terms and driving dynamism. The incredible Alcantara-covered roof. In addition, there areT with a great deal of self-control be- performance of this super sports car also new AMG bucket sports seats in composite hind the wheel of the new SL 65 means a driving experience to match: It takes carbon fiber, a small flat-bottomed AMG per-AMG Black Series. The twelve-cylinder engine only 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. formance steering wheel with aluminum shiftfloods every vessel and artery with endor- The 200 km/h mark is reached after only 11.0 paddles, a black speedometer with 360 km/hphins. Production of these pleasure hor- seconds; maximum speed is measured at scale and a white tachometer with four inte-mones starts to go into overdrive as soon as 320 km/h and is electronically limited. When grated LEDs that indicate the optimum shift-the top model from Affalterbach comes into it comes to aesthetics, the car is no less ing point while driving. An adjustable coiloverview. You can clearly see the thrill in the spectacular. The body has been redesigned chassis with light aluminum wheel bearingsexpression that the SL 65 AMG Black Series and has large air slits in the front skirt. A was developed especially for AMG’s top model.evokes on the faces of its drivers. This front splitter made from exposed carbon In comparison with the SL 65 AMG, it hasis hardly surprising. After all, the AMG bi- complements the aerodynamic design. AMG 115 millimeters more track width at the frontturbocharged twelve-cylinder engine has has chosen not to use the variable roof of the and 103 mm more at the rear. The result:few competitors. What other car with a SL and has instead modeled a rigid compos- rapid and reliable handling. And driving pleas-displacement of just 5,980 cm3 can offer ite carbon-fiber roof with significantly lower ure that triggers all kinds of euphoric feelings. POWER PACK THE NEW AMG REAR SKIRT WITH DIFFUSER IN EXPOSED CARBON COMPLETES THE EXTREMELY STOCKY, MUSCU- LAR APPEARANCE OF THIS TWELVE-CYLINDER-ENGINE AUTOMOBILE. A FIBER REAR WING EXTENDS BY12 CENTIMETERS AT SPEEDS OF OVER 120 KM/H, SIGNIF- ICANTLY INCREASING DOWNFORCE ON THE REAR AXLE AMG 2009 41
  • 34. SHOW ROOM 2 S63 AMG S65 AMG CLASSY AND STRONG CYLINDERS V8 / V12 DISPLACEMENT CM3 6,208 / 5,980 OUTPUT KW/HP 386/525 / 450/612 AT 6,800 / 4,750 – 5,100 RPM TORQUE NM 630 / 1,000 NM AT 5,200 / 2,000 – 4,000 RPM TRANSMISSION AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC / AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0 -100 KM/H 4.6 / 4.4 SECONDS MAX KM/H 250 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED42 AMG 2009
  • 35. CONTROL THE NEW TORQUE VECTORING BRAKE INITIATES A SHORT BRAKING ACTION ON THE INSIDE REAR WHEEL, WHICH GUIDES THE VEHICLE MORE ACCURATELY THROUGH CURVESA NEW LOOK AND FURTHER wheels. Improved cornering is the aim of the enormous power reserves of the AMG models: new Torque Vectoring Brake – another tech- the S 63 AMG sprints to 100 km/h in 4.6 sec-MODERNIZATION UNDER nological innovation that cleverly utilizes onds, thanks to a 386 kW/525 HP V8, whileTHE HOOD: THE TWO ESP® capabilities. It causes a short, targeted the 450 kW/612 HP V12 bi-turbo engine ofAMG S-CLASS SEDANS braking action on the inside rear wheel as the S 65 AMG accelerates to the 100 km/h soon as the Affalterbach S-class model ap- mark in just 4.4 seconds. Last, but certainlyHAVE BEEN SUBTLY BUT proaches a sharp curve at speed. As a result, not least, the outward appearance of theSIGNIFICANTLY REVISED the vehicle turns the corner in a smooth, cal- S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG have also been en- culated manner. Superior maneuverability, hanced. The radiator grill has been sharp- and even more driver safety, are the tangible ened, the bi-xenon headlights boast titanium- results. Direct steering supports more re- colored lenses, and AMG-exclusive LED day- sponsive handling. The aim of these innova- light driving lights have been inserted in the tions is to perfect the art of driving and in- new front apron. Also new in the two modelsI s it possible to improve upon perfec- crease the driver’s enjoyment, already is the rear apron with black diffuser, painted tion? The new AMG S 63 and S 65 undoubtedly high, even further. the same color as the car. models show that it really is. Though The sporty overhauled luxury class sedans In the interior, AMG, like its customers, set-they exhibited no signs of being outdated, also take their place atop the competition in tles for nothing less than high-quality materi-AMG nevertheless thoroughly overhauled the terms of safety, thanks to cameras and radar als. Leather, AMG sports seats, climate con-top S-class models. While cosmetic refresh- systems. These include assistive systems trol, massage and driving dynamics functions,ment certainly formed part of this upgrade, such as Attention Assist, Adaptive High Beam and high-gloss walnut insets create a refinedthe most astounding changes were made be- Assist, Lane Holding Assist, and the PRE- atmosphere while retaining functionality.neath the sporty, classy exterior. Both AMG S- SAFE® brake. This emergency brake is linked There is one more small surprise: The CO-class models are now virtually immune to to the vehicle distance sensor and engages MAND APS has a SPLITVIEW display, enablingcrosswinds. The AMG sports suspension with automatically upon threat of an accident, the driver to keep GPS driving directions inActive Body Control (ABC) uses the existing functioning as an invisible crumple zone. view while the copilot simultaneously watch-yaw sensors and lateral acceleration sensors Those who wish can order a windscreen cam- es a film – on the same monitor.of the ESP® electronic stability program to era, which automatically recognizes trafficidentify gusts of wind, thereby eliminating signs with speed limits and then warns thetheir effects on handling in a fraction of a driver. Investing in this Speed Limit Assistantsecond by varying the load distribution to the seems particularly sensible in light of the IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER THE ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD IS A V8 OR V12 BI-TURBO – PERFORMANCE IS NO PROBLEM FOR AMG’S NEW FIRST-CLASS SEDANS. THESE TOP MODELS CATAPULT THEMSELVES FROM ZERO TO ONE HUNDRED IN 4.6 AND 4.4 SECONDS, RESPECTIVELY AMG 2009 43
  • 36. SPECIALA NEWWORLDOFTECHNOLOGY,TYPES, ANDTEST CIRCUITS:THE SLSAMG SPECIALC197
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  • 38. LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT: THE SLS AMG EXHAUST SYSTEM46 AMG 2009
  • 39. A DREAMJOB WITHCHALLENGESFROM THE ARCTICCIRCLE TO DEATHVALLEY: AMG’S EN-GINEERS AND TESTDRIVERS RACETHEIR PROTOTYPESACROSS EVERYCONTINENT. WEACCOMPANIED G etting in through the window: Ralph Stetter couldn’t have dreamt it, but board; they are responsible for the climate – inside the SLS AMG.THEM ON THEIR he has no choice. A photographer, camouflaged as a tourist, lurks with her tele- hey start at 1,600 metres and push TSIXTEEN-MONTH- photo lens. And here is the SLS AMG with its the SLS AMG up to more than 4,200 highly slung Gullwing doors – clearly a cover metres. “There are no better passesLONG ELITE photo. Automotive magazines all over the for this job than Pikes Peak,” explainsTRAINING FOR A world would pay a lot of money for it. But Stetter, an AMG test engineer, doesn’t allow Schmid. “We start at over twenty degrees, and after an hour of driving we even haveTHOROUGHBRED her the indulgence of that trophy. In through the window, then, feet first. Colleagues laugh. temperatures below zero, depending on the season and the weather conditions. The airATHLETE: The 40-year-old, however, cuts a good figure as he slides in. The “General Vehicle Testing conditioner has to adjust optimally to that. The 38-year-old engineer wants to keep driv-THE SLS AMG Engineer” is currently working on the SLS ing, just like his boss and partner Timo Blass- AMG project. Stetter is a pro, having gar- nitz, 37, but first they are occupied by curious nered experience with Mercedes, Bosch, and day-trippers. “Is that the new Viper?” theTEXT FRANK MÜHLING stout American would like to know. Blassnitz Porsche. He knows just about all the tricks,PHOTO MARKUS BOLSINGER including how to hold off persistent journal- just smiles and leaves him confused with a ANDREAS LINDLAHR ists. “When we camouflaged the car, we at- sly, “I don’t know.” The test drivers are famil- HARRY RUCKABERLE/DEBEOS STUDIOS tached a great deal of importance to making iar with this kind of enthusiasm. One recent HEIKO SIMAYER sure that the SLS AMG was not identifiable as morning, a note was stuck to a prototype in a Gullwing. That’s why the typical Mercedes front of the hotel with a request: “Please, let door handle is there.” The door handle, of me drive your Batmobile!” The SLS AMG crew course, has no purpose. Engines running, also includes Ralph Stoll and Frank Müller. onward through the legendary Death Valley. Müller, an engineer, had previously been Merciless heat delivers the optimal testing working for three years in the Mercedes plant conditions, as well as opportunities for proto- in the American city of Tuscaloosa before type hunters. It is a classic game of cat and joining AMG in 2007. His feet had hardly mouse, something Stetter and his AMG col- touched the ground before he received an leagues have had to live with since the sum- e-mail with his first assignment. He was to mer of 2008. The SLS AMG prototypes really get hold of an old Gullwing in order to gather draw all the hacks. Even in camouflage, its information. The task: a rain test to see proportions shine through: long bonnet, occu- where the water flowed when the Gullwing pant cell positioned way back, large wheels, was opened. For him, an unbelievable experi- wide track. For a sexy finish, a firm rear end ence. “I’m proud and grateful for the opportu- with a striking spoiler – which will, in the pro- nity to work on the development of the SLS duction model, be replaced by an extendable AMG. A time like this will never come rear wing. These are proportions that have again,” says the 44-year-old with a hint of been entrusted to the test drivers for quite a emotion. At present, Müller is in the process while. Stetter, naturally, but also the congen- of organizing the next summer trials with the ial duo of Timo Blassnitz and Markus Schmid. competition cars of the sports car elite. From Their mission is the well-being of everyone on Porsche to Ferrari, from Aston Martin to AMG 2009 47
  • 40. THE MIXTURE OF TIME DIFFERENCES, CLIMATE CHANGES, AND HIGH-PRES- SURE SCHEDULES ARE SOMETIMES TOO MUCH FOR EVEN THE STRONGEST MEN. COLDS AND BACK- ACHE ARE ASCorvette. A dream job with its share of hard-ship. After eight hours of test driving, it is MUCH A PART OFtime to analyze the measurement results,then exchange them with colleagues in Affal- THE JOB AS THEterbach and, in the middle of the night, an- OIL-STAINED HANDS CYLINDERS V8swer important e-mails. Whether in the US,Sweden, South Africa, Spain, or Papenburg, ON THE CREW DISPLACEMENT CM3 OUTPUT KW/HP 6,208 420/571two weeks of test driving is the rule. A realtest for one’s private life. Hobbies, fellow club OF MECHANICS TORQUE NM 650members, and friends have to wait. Only a AT 4,750 RPMcell phone, e-mail and webcam remain for TRANSMISSION AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCTcontact with girlfriends, wives, and children. 7-SPEED SPORTS GEARBOX“I have been with AMG since 2005, and him once again, after lining up three SLS AMG 0 -100 KM/H 3.8 SECONDSI don’t know a single soul in Affalterbach,” prototypes and five comparison vehicles at MAX KM/H 315 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITEDlaughs the 29-year-old Stoll. “My girlfriend 6:30 am in front of a workshop far away fromstill lives in my hometown, near the Swiss home. As the Gullwings sparkled in the morn-border.” There’s no complaining, however, not ing sun, Alber had no doubt: The chance to beeven for Lars Henzler: “We all know full well involved in the development of a car as spe-that other people pay a lot of money on holi- cial as the SLS AMG is one that doesn’t comedays to see as much of the world as we do.” the way of every engineer. And thus it contin-The 39-year-old vehicle dynamics testing en- ues to remain a much-loved dream for all testgineer looks after active safety, among other drivers to trial cars whichwon’t be standing inthings. His area of specialization: The adjust- showrooms until months later – for that, it’sment of ESP, ARS, ABS, and the rest. – worth getting in through the window.regardless of whether on the racetrack or afrozen lake. ho would swap places with the AMGW colleagues who have a classic office job? A collective shaking of heads –even though they are on the move for 150days a year. In addition, jetlag has an impacton both mind and body. The mixture of timedifferences, changes in climate, and deadlinepressure sometimes knocks even thestrongest men for a loop. Colds and backpain are as much a part of the job as the oilstains on the hands of the crew of mechanicslooking after the test vehicles. Little freetime, time constraints, and yet: “We have thebest job in the world,” according to PeterAlber, 44. That was recently made clear to48 AMG 2009
  • 41. ACID TEST IN ALL CLIMATE ZONES: THE SLS AMG ON PIKES PEAK
  • 42. THE HEART OF THE NEW GULL- WING CAR BEATS DEEP WITHIN THE ALU- MINUM SPACE FRAME IN THE FORM OF A FRONTAL EIGHT- C CYLINDER MID-ENGINE 197 MOTOR BLOCK (RIGHT) AND SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR THE DASHBOARD (LEFT)50 AMG 2009
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  • 44. CHARACTERISTIC GULLWING DOOR: SLS AMG PROTOTYPES REVEAL THEIR SECRET AMG 2009 53
  • 45. C 197REFINED, FUNCTIONAL – AND COMFORTABLE: THE SLS AMG COCKPIT
  • 46. RAREFIED SPACEAN INSTRUMENTPANEL REMINIS-CENT OF AN AIR-CRAFT, DIALSLIKE THOSE INA COCKPIT –THE INTERIOR OFTHE SLS AMG genuine sports car – or an aircraft. White, backlit dials with rhodanized sunbursts, clear tral console are available in two versions, and even in the standard version the designersFULFILLS THE graphics, and red pointers lend it a purist have consciously chosen only the best, finish-PROMISES MADE look: minimalist and functional, but with the attractive charm of precision instruments. ing the interior of the SLS AMG with genuine metal “Silver Shadow.” The other alternativeBY THE EXTERIOR: The speedometer suggests why things have to be this way: It goes up to 360 km/h; given is carbon. This looks sportier and more minimalist and is the perfect match for theA SUPERIOR that the maximum speed is 315 km/h, it per- mits only the necessary margin of freedom. gullwing design, although it also costs a little more.SPORTS CAR The set of instruments is rounded off by a central display and a shift indicator with sev- aturally, the SLS AMG also offersEXPERIENCE en LEDs. The AMG three-spoke oval cross- N details that are taken for granted at section sports steering wheel measures just Mercedes-Benz AMG. These include 360 millimeters in diameter and flattens to- AMG sport seats for optimum lateral hold andTEXT HANS SCHILDER wards the bottom. Behind it glitter the metal comfort on long journeys, THERMOTRONIC shifting paddles. A glance downwards will automatic air conditioning, a tempomat in- reveal a set of stainless steel pedals with rub- cluding SPEEDTRONIC, PARKTRONIC, rain ber ridges, giving you the feeling that you are sensor, headlight assist, KEYLESS-GO, and driving a racing car – as indeed you should in the already mentioned COMAND APS multi- the 571 HP Gullwing, with its legendary line- media system. An irresistible extra for many age. The powerful central console of the mod- people might be the newly developed 1,000- ern gullwing car means that all controls in the Watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with com- AMG DRIVE UNIT are turned towards the driv- puterized distribution of the music signals, so er. Using an AMG E-SELECT level, the driver that the cockpit of the SLS offers veritable can inform the AMG dual-clutch transmission concert hall conditions as it glides across the he designers of the new SLS AMG of his requirements via Drive-by-Wire technol- asphalt. Like the exterior, the interior of theT must have thought frequently about ogy. And doesn’t the selector lever somehow SLS AMG reflects exactly what it is that the joys of flying. It’s not just the remind you of the joystick on an aircraft? marks out this top-class sports car and itsgullwing doors; the cockpit indicates, too, That can’t be pure coincidence. Centrally pedigree: authenticity at its most attractive.that the designers were inspired by machines placed above the central console, the 7-inchcapable of flight. Here the support structure screen of the COMAND APS multimedia sys-for the instrument panel sweeps across the tem provides information about the car radio,entire width of the vehicle, almost like a DVD changer, and telephone, while the GPSplane’s fuselage. Beneath it are four eye- navigation advice can also be viewed here.catching, metal-cased ventilation nozzles that The SLS AMG is clearly a purebred sports car.look like the engines of a fast jet. But let’s The interior is refreshingly reduced, but defi-begin on the outside: entering and exiting the nitely not Spartan. A certain level of comfortcar pose no problem. The gullwing doors is to be expected and, above all, an atmos-open to an angle of 70 degrees, wide enough phere in which you feel at ease. This is as-for even the tallest adult. To close the doors sured by the choice of materials used in theyou simply pull down on a strap and the SLS interior: nappa leather seats with decorativeAMG secures the hatches. The straps are contrasting panels. The same leather is alsoeasy to reach even from the low-slung seats, used to outfit the doors and the dashboard.positioned just 369 millimeters from the Alternatively, other exclusive types of leatherroad. Two very large round instruments, en- are available. However, even the basic modelcased in tubular metal frames to prevent feels elegant, thanks to the use of quality ma-glare, are just what you’d expect to find in a terials. All decorative elements and the cen- AMG 2009 55
  • 47. THE GOALISPERFECTIONPRECISION DOWNTO THE LASTDETAIL — THAT ISHIS PROFESSION.TOBIAS MOERS ISTHE HEAD OF THEVEHICLE TESTINGTEAM ATMERCEDES-AMG. fter a few moments, we’re ready: athlete – as in the case of the SLS AMG. AHE AND HIS TEAM The tree falls. Exactly where it was supposed to. Tobias Moers gives a But what brings this passionate auto enthusi- ast to be trudging through the undergrowthHAVE ALSO SUB- thumbs-up and smiles. The 42-year-old didn’t and felling trees on a rainy and cold Saturday expect anything else. Perfection is his passion. morning? How do his management job atJECTED THE NEW Both at work and here in the forest. Mercedes AMG and his enthusiasm for cut-SLS AMG TO INTEN- This five-hectare piece of land in the Swabian forest is his own personal counterweight to ting-edge technology fit with the sweaty manual labor here in the forest? Don’t theySIVE TESTING. his job. Here Tobias Moers moves things pri- marily under his own strength; here it smells contradict one another?A DATE WITH THE like moss, like pine needles and fresh wood. And as soon as the power saw again falls T obias Moers rebuts this viewpoint quickly, lucidly, and precisely: ”MySTRESS-TEST silent, the air is filled only with the nearby family is the most important thing; murmur of a softly meandering brook. they give me strength. The forest is my balance.EXPERTS One comes across men like Moers seldom in I only feel good if I exhaust myself physically life. They don’t fit the usual templates. On the on a regular basis. But jogging isn’t for me.TEXT HANS SCHILDER one hand, he seems made for this – moving I have to do real physical labor.“ No one through the forest with a trained eye and in- would hesitate to believe him on that point. credible calm; guiding the balance between There he stands, wiry, 1.8 meters tall and growth and restriction. At the same time, this only 80 kilograms. enigmatic, occasionally very charming man is at home when immersed in the world of the He generally sets off on Saturdays. With his fastest and most attractive automobiles – in MB-Trac tractor outfitted with a winch, at Affalterbach. least two power saws, axe, felling wedges In his position there as ”Director of General and, of course, the obligatory safety equip- Vehicle Development,“ as his business card ment. informs us, Tobias Moers is among other His work in the forest is more than just a things the head of the AMG testing team. He meaningful escape from the everyday. and his crew have escorted the SLS AMG on its ”A forest has to be managed sustainably. journey from prototype to test model to perfect That’s the only way to guarantee its survival production car. for the coming generations,“ is how Moers explains his commitment. Dealing with trees M arathon tests in three continents, damaged by bark beetles or carrying out hundreds of thousands of test kilo- small, professional forest thinnings are part meters, as well as endless endurance of this idea as well. The visible result: 120 tests between the freezing temperatures of cubic meters of firewood stored behind his the poles and the brutal heatwaves of the earth’s house. Sawed and carefully stacked. furnaces are only the outward extremes of While the five-hectare piece of woodland such a task. Under his watch a prototype will remains his official counterweight, he did, be pushed to its limits that it might ultimately however, have enough energy left for an old become the ideal automobile. An exemplary half-timbered house. Thanks to his dedication,56 AMG 2009
  • 48. IN HIS FOREST, TOBIAS MOERS OF AMG GROWS: ”EVERY DAY I LEARN SOMETHING NEW“ the once dilapidated building became a small ability to apply himself passionately to a prob- only a part of him has changed roles. jewel. Needless to say, the demolition and lem and then ease off only once it was solved, A part of him always remains an auto enthusiast. rebuilding of the roof framework were briskly and also from his many years of experience of Tobias Moers frees the felled fir of its thick carried out in one – to use his phrasing – ”extremely keeping everything in perspective. branches with a roaring chainsaw. You can long vacation“ of nearly three weeks of massive see that he’s thrilled by the work. In this world, personal effort and daily work periods of twelve T esting the space-frame design was in his forest, he is content. hours. In the evening, he often went ”briefly“ into certainly a particular challenge,“ re- He invests even more enthusiasm, and far the office, as project C 197, the new SLS AMG, calls Moers. ”In the end, the SLS AMG more time, in what is perhaps his greatest had at this time recently begun. has the first fully aluminum body construction passion: Mercedes-AMG. For men like Tobias from the House of Daimler.“ The path to opti- Moers, fascinating technology and tenacious A colleague who works weekdays in mal results led through many preliminary trials forest labor are not a contradiction. For Affalterbach will frequently join him with individual components and parts in an him, they are the perfect complement to one in the woods. Teamwork seems to attempt to obtain a solid basis for computer another. suit Moers. When testing the SLS AMG, his simulations. crew worked closely with colleagues in the Based on the findings from these simulations, Mercedes-Benz Technology Center (MTC) in the parts were optimized and repeatedly returned Sindelfingen. ”We simply complemented to the testing facility. ”Until everything matched,“ each other perfectly in this project. It’s im- says the man in the upmarket lumberjack outfit, portant to point that out. In the early stages and one notices that those individual meetings we made arrangements for the individual as- and testing configurations are once again pass- signments, and the teams integrated really ing through his thoughts. well. It was a fantastic act of cooperation.“ The transitions in Tobias Moers’ world are The entire team was able to profit from Moers’ fluid. When one sees Moers here in the forest, AMG 2009 57
  • 49. DREAM JOB WITH HARDSHIP. TEST DRIVERS EXPERIENCE EXTREME CONDITIONS
  • 50. C 197FINAL EXAMINATIONS ON THREE CONTINENTS: A TEST MARATHON FOR THE SLS AMG AMG 2009 59
  • 51. POWER MANHE THINKS INTERMS OFHORSEPOWER,TORQUE, ANDSOPHISTICATEDVALVE TRAINS.ASPIRATIONCHANNELS,CRANKSHAFTRIGIDITY, ANDREDUCED CO2EMISSIONS FILLTHE IMAGINATION A s he opens the garage door with a born Eichler as he explains his motivation for flourish, a smirk appears on his face. changing jobs. “Also, as far as my father wasOF FRIEDRICH The smirk then widens into a broad, concerned, the car with the star was the onlyEICHLER. THE friendly grin. Friedrich Eichler always enjoys seeing the astonished looks he gets from visi- choice. I suppose I had a positive prejudice.” Friedrich Eichler manages around 180 peopleRESULT: A TRUE tors who peer into his garage next to his mod- ern family home high above Tübingen for the and numerous additional personnel from outside companies. “I’ve got a great team, fullMASTERPIECE, THE first time. This is the home of an amazing collection of motorcycles. The collection in- of youth and enthusiasm,” he explains. His first big project was the high-power engineSLS AMG ENGINE cludes a Suzuki racing bike, a delicate-looking for the SLS AMG. An aspirated engine with but extremely powerful 180 HP Ducati, a KTM 420 kW/571 HP at 6,800 rpm and a torque of racer with slicks for indoor racing (yes, peo- 650 Nm from a capacity of 6.3 liters is theTEXT HANS SCHILDER ple do race indoors!). These are all extremely unique result. This engine easily catapults the rare pieces that represent the top of their new gullwing car into the category of super class. Next to these is a motorcycle for his sports car. wife, a mountain bike, even a wooden soap- box car with wire-spoke wheels and this is here does this stunning perform- just a selection of what’s on offer. “You’ve got W ance come from? “We took the to hold on to some of your dreams,” he says. familiar AMG 6.3 liter V8 aspirated “Imagination is important and imagination engine as a starting point,” explains Eichler. requires stimulation.” “This already had an excellent pedigree as a sports engine. By making a few modifications he everyday car of the man of the we were able to produce the new engine for T house is parked in front of the the SLS AMG from this with a modest amount garage – he currently drives a Mer- of effort. This fit in very well with the ambi- cedes-Benz C 63 AMG. But this changes fre- tious concept.” A modest amount of effort? quently.That’s because Friedrich Eichler is the For Friedrich Eichler this means: “We Head of Engine Development in the High- changed the oil supply and implemented a Performance Department at Mercedes-AMG dry sump lubrication to give us greater lateral GmbH. It all makes sense now. The 49-year- acceleration. We reworked the complete in- old has had a passion for high-performance take system and also improved the cooling engines that stretches back for decades. system; we changed from cast pistons for Having held positions as an engine developer forged aluminum pistons and optimized the with other high-profile German car manufac- connecting rods …” – Eichler seems almost turers, he moved to Mercedes-AMG in Affal- unstoppable when he talks about the pain- terbach in 2007. “I was very attracted by the staking work carried out to take the SLS AMG idea of playing a decisive role in building the engine to the top of its class. The fact is that first complete car from AMG,” says Vienna- Eichler’s team changed and redesigned over60 AMG 2009
  • 52. AMG CHIEF ENGINE DEVELOPER FRIEDRICH EICHLER AND HIS PRIVATE FLEET: “IMAGINATION IS IMPORTANT, AND IMAGINATION REQUIRES STIMULATION.” 120 components in the basic engine. He is result of numerous workshops. “Everyone ance with enormous character, but will also particularly proud of a regulated oil pump, had the opportunity to suggest ideas. I’ve got use less fuel. He is thinking about ways to which belongs to the sliding vane positive some really good people, so the we get some combine high performance, sportiness, and displacement pump (Eichler likes to mention really great ideas.” low CO2 emissions. These thoughts occupy this component because even most engineers his mind during the day in Affalterbach, or can hardly manage to pronounce it correctly). T he ingenious ideas already imple- during the small amount of leisure time he “This reduces fuel consumption by two to mented in the SLS AMG engine in- dedicates to motorcycling, skiing, or three percent,” he explains with satisfaction, clude the so-called neumatic spring mountaineering – the other passions of this making it clear that Mercedes-AMG regards concept. It’s worth quoting Eichler verbatim engine expert. low fuel consumption as an important factor here: “This was the first time we took a con- even in high-performance cars. sistent approach in creating a gas-tight space under the piston in a standard engine. The owever, the greatest challenge for trapped air is compressed as the air moves H the engine designer was the opti- downwards, thereby storing up energy and mization of the entire acoustic pack- then releasing it again. This does away with age. “We solved the problem by forming a the typical flow loss in the crankcase. The task force. We call them focus teams. These result of the sophisticated pneumatic spring teams concentrate one hundred percent on effect: better performance and lower fuel con- specific tasks and are relieved of their normal sumption.” At present the development team day-to-day duties.” Eichler is a confirmed is working on how to minimize fuel consump- team player. That’s why the basic concept for tion. After all, Eichler is convinced that AMG the new high-performance engine was the engines will continue to unite great perform- AMG 2009 61
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  • 54. C197ALUMINIUM SPACEFRAME WITH JUST 4 PERCENT STEEL: RAW BODY WITH ENGINE BLOCK (TOP); CHASSIS WITH FORGED ALUMINIUM WISHBONES (BOTTOM) AMG 2009 63
  • 55. TRACK AND FIELD SPECIALIST THERE’S NO DENY- ING THIS IS A GOOD-LOOKING CAR. BUT THE SLS AMG ALSO OUT- CLASSES THE COMPETITION IN TERMS OF TECH- NOLOGY AND sheet. This aim couldn’t have been achieved PERFORMANCE, with conventional steel construction. For this reason, the constructors decided to manufac- PARTICULARLY ture all body panels and the entire body shell structure entirely of aluminum. In addition, WHEN IT COMES they designed a bearing structure made from aluminum profiles. Die-cast aluminum compo- TO WEIGHT MAN- nents take over the role of joining, used at AGEMENT. THE points of intersection and everywhere where substantial forces have to be transferred – at NEW GULLWING the suspension mounts, for example, or hang- ing the gullwing doors. This aluminum space C FROM MERCEDES- BENZ SETS NEW frame, weighing just 241 kilograms, repre- sents the backbone, as it were, of the SLS AMG. Each individual component is optimized 197 STANDARDS TEXT HANS SCHILDER to deliver the right amount of rigidity desired at each particular point while requiring the least possible volume of materials. This intelli- gent lightweight construction saves weight in low-stress areas. At the same time, theCYLINDERS V8 structure is very stiff – important for preciseDISPLACEMENT CM3 6,208 handling – and, thanks to precisely definedOUTPUT KW/HP 420/571 force dispersion, fulfills the high safety re- quirements of Mercedes-Benz in the case ofTORQUE NM 650 an accident. Only four percent of the alu-AT 4,750 RPM minum space frame body is composed ofTRANSMISSION AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT ultra-high strength, hot-forged steel. It is inte- 7-SPEED SPORTS GEARBOX grated into the A-pillars and provides a high0 -100 KM/H 3.8 SECONDS N aturally, the first thing they all raved level of occupant safety. The heart of the newMAX KM/H 315 ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED about were the gullwing doors. Gullwing beats with eight cylinders, and with However, superior technology and a front mid-engine layout, is located deep in incredible power also play a role in making the aluminum space frame behind the front the SLS AMG an extraordinary car on every axle (front/rear weight distribution: 48 to 52 count. Connoisseurs recognize in the new percent). Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, developed inde- This results in a low center of gravity, which pendently by the AMG performance brand, in turn enables high cornering speeds. The an uncompromising concept that makes it naturally aspirated V8 engine delivers exceptional in terms of driving dynamics. 420 kW/571 HP at 6,800 rpm from its 6.3 As every unnecessary kilogram is a hindrance liter capacity. Especially remarkable: A maxi- when accelerating, braking, and cornering at mum torque of 650 Nm at 4,750 rpm (at speed, the designers placed the lowest possi- 2,550 rpm, the figure is already 545 Nm). ble weight, notwithstanding a high degree of No naturally aspirated engine in this engine rigidity, well up at the top of the specification class achieves more. Needless to say, this64 AMG 2009
  • 56. with no loss of power. Change gears yourself, or trust the automatic setting – everyone who gets behind the wheel of the SLS AMG is able to decide this for themselves. The electronics provide a menu of four driving modes for that purpose – from comfortable to extremely sporty. In addition, the RACE START function can be used to automatically provide maxi- mum acceleration potential. An integrated mechanical differential lock integrated into the transmission casing ensures optimum wall thickness – and that means less weight. traction. As a result, every rim saves 1.1 kg. It’s clear: The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shines A bundant power, low kilos, fast gear not only with a fascinating visual appearance Changes, and a low center of gravity and spectacular gullwing doors, but also with represent the best conditions for ex- technical brilliance. treme dynamics and a high level of maneuver- ability. The icing on this high-tech cake is the suspension system, with forged aluminum hub carriers. This configuration comes straight from the racetrack, driving the wheels with precision. As such, contact to thepowerhouse delivers enormous driving per- road surface is very direct – for comfort andformance: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds control, even when pushing the limits. Andand a top speed of 315 km/h. The power train when things are moving forward too quickly,is also imposing. The exquisite ingredients in- the AMG high-performance braking systemclude an intricate, stiff valve train with 32 grips with force. Core components includevalves, light forged pistons, flow-optimized tu- internally ventilated, grooved, and perforatedbular steel header, dethrottled exhaust system, brake discs (front: 390 x 36 mm, rear: 360 xand an on-demand high-performance oil pump. 26 mm) all around. The cast-iron discs areThe engineers dispensed with an oil pan in fa- mounted to float on an aluminum pot viavor of the lowest possible engine position. stainless steel joining components, resulting in the optimal dispersion of heat – this intri- nstead, they provided the power cate principle has long been considered bestI train with dry sump lubrication, bor- practice on the racetrack. But everything can rowed from the racing industry, still be improved. There are also larger ceram-around the edges. Weight counts, even in the ic brake discs for additional potency. They areengine. Using aluminum screws instead of 40% lighter, and withstand even higher tem-steel screws reduce its weight by 0.6 kg. The peratures. Advantages include lower un-SLS AMG complies with the emission thresh- sprung masses, a more precise pressureolds of the EU 5 standard, and it consumes point, an even higher degree of rigidity, anda relatively frugal 13 litres of Super Plus over shorter stopping distances. The performance100 km (combined). Regulated generator of the new AMG ceramic brake system liesmanagement also contributes to economy, at 823 kw/1,120 HP at full braking capacityusing the thrust phase of the engine to con- from 250 km/h to zero.vert brake energy into electrical energy,thereby charging the battery. The engine ven the light-alloy wheels (front: 9.5transfers its power, via an ultralight, 1.64 m- E x 19 inch, rear: 11.0 x 20 inch) con-long drive shaft constructed from extremely tribute to reducing unsprung massesrigid carbon-fiber material, to a new 7-speed in the new SLS AMG, thereby increasing driv-AMG dual-clutch transmission, mounted in ing dynamics and suspension comfort. Theyfront of the rear axle – specialists call it a are manufactured according to the innovativetransaxle configuration. The transmission “flow forming” principle. That means that thechanges gear with no interruptions to tractive material is hot-forged in the rim well, and theforce, but does not require a torque convert- structure thereby compressed. Thus, theer. This enables lightning-fast gear changes same level of rigidity is achieved with lower AMG 2009 65
  • 57. SERIAL LEGENDS 1977 TOWARDS THE END OF THE 1970S, AMG TOOK ITS FIRST STEPS IN TOURING CAR RACING WITH AN EXPLOSIVE COCKTAIL. THE INGREDIENTS: A MERCEDES 450 SLC AND PLENTY OF EXTRA HORSEPOWER66 AMG 2009
  • 58. IMPRESSIVE SPOILER, TREMENDOUSLY EXTENDED FENDERS, MOUSTACHE: THE MAMPE SLC AND CREW
  • 59. NO ROOM FOR LUXURY: THE COCKPIT OF THE 450 SLC AMG “MAMPE”
  • 60. THE 450 SLC IN AMG/MAMPE LIVERY COMPETED IN ONLY FIVE RACES – THE BUDGET DIDN’T ALLOW FOR MORE. NONETHELESS, THE CAR BECAME A LEGEND TEXT HANS SCHILDER PHOTO AMG ARCHIV, M. BOLSINGER he Silver Arrows are back,” heralded extended fenders. The designs were first pressed down on the huge acceleratorT the Stuttgarter Zeitung in April 1978. realized by a friendly Affalterbach-based plas- pedal, the unfiltered engine roared away. The international press also reported ter casting expert, who simply shaped these “It was hot and loud,” said Hans Heyer, de-the sensational return of Mercedes-Benz to aerodynamic parts as positive forms in plas- scribing his vantage point behind the wheel.racing after an absence of 20 years. Despite ter of Paris. These were then used as theall the skepticism, there were good reasons basis for the original parts made from fiber- O ne of the big secrets was the outputfor the return. On the Easter Sunday of that glass and plastic. When it came to the super- of the eight-cylinder V engine. Offi-year, a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC was slated to structure of the racing coupe, the AMG team cially the engine’s designers admit-start in the touring car race in Monza, Italy. were left to their own devices. ted to 380 HP, something it achieved withoutHowever, there was one problem. Although There was no support forthcoming from the difficulty with 6,800 rpm from 4,520 ccs.the coupe that rolled up to the starting posi- Mercedes factory. Still in his apprenticeship However, contemporary reports indicate thetion in Monza carried the star on its radiator in 1978, Werner Kaempfert was involved in figure was closer to 520 HP. In relation toand was painted in the company’s silver liv- the construction of the Mampe racer: “As well performance, the team had few worries.ery, Mercedes-Benz had nothing to do with as doing their usual daily work, everyone in There was, however, a weight problem. Theit – officially, at least. Instead, Hans Heyer the business contributed to the SLC because standard SLC weighed in at 1,635 kg, but theand Clemens Schickedanz drove the car on AMG did not have its own racing depart- rules allowed for a maximum weight of justthe traditional Italian route on behalf of the ment.” The chassis and brakes were very 1,225 kg. Despite the most ingenious dietarySwabian auto tuning company AMG. It soon sporty in character. A double wishbone sus- efforts, the AMG engineers only managed tobecame clear: although the star had returned pension front axle to the front and a diagonal reduce the car to 1,295 kg. This representedto the racetrack, this was not a comeback for floating axle with antiskid compensation a huge disadvantage in relation to the compe-the Untertürkheim silver arrows. Even if the ensured excellent wheel guidance. In its rac- tition and put huge stress on the brakes.car undeniably shared some genetic material ing colors, the coupe rolled along on 12- and Without ever having driven even a singlewith Mercedes-Benz, the much-admired rac- 13-inch BBS wheel rims at the front and back kilometer in the Mampe SLC under racinging car actually came from a different stable. with super-smooth Goodyear racing tires, conditions, Hans Heyer and Clemens Schicke-AMG supplied the technical know-how and giving a broad, extremely streamlined, and danz made their way to the start in Monza onWilly Maurer, owner of the well-known Berlin aggressive look. Easter Sunday 1978. The racing SLC camespirits company Mampe, acted as sponsor, The Mampe differed greatly from the compe- third in its first outing. Other appearances atsecuring the finances for the racing project. tition because of its surprisingly civilized the Salzburg Ring, the Lemans 24-Hour Race,In return, the drinks company was allowed to accessories. These included the three-speed and Silverstone followed.advertise its “Lufthansa Cocktail” product on automatic gearbox (which the drivers shifted In 1980, during the four-hour race on thethe car. To this day, therefore, racing fans still manually, however) – a real rarity on the race- world-famous Nürburgring north circuit, therefer to it as the “Mampe-SLC.” track. SLC was clearly on course for victory, butThe ambitious project was launched at AMG The car also has power steering – also an twelve minutes before the end it rolled intoin October 1977. The technical basis for the unusual luxury for racing cars. The interior the pit. Spectators and crew were shocked.racing car was provided by a standard equipment was completely removed by the Driver Jörg Denzel stopped only briefly toMercedes-Benz 450 SLC coupe. However, at AMG racing engineers. Unpainted metal, the say, “Put the champagne on ice, I’ll be backthe hands of the AMG engineers, the car was steel pipe work of a roll cage, metal-rein- shortly.” He then drove on to victory.changed radically. The elegant body was forced hoses in the back, and a single racinggiven a huge front spoiler and enormously seat made up the picture. When the driver AMG 2009 69
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  • 63. TEXT NADINE STRATHMANNHEADY DAYSTHE REDISCOVEREDPHOTOGRAPHS OF LEG-ENDARY PHOTOGRAPHERHORST H. BAUMANN TELLTHE STORY OF THE DANDIESOF THE RACETRACK, THEFLAIR OF THE CHAMPAGNESET, AND THE IMPARTIALITYOF THE STOPWATCH
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  • 65. CAPTURED AT THE SIDE OF THE TRACK: JIM CLARK’S LOTUS, ELONGATED, BREATHTAKINGSPEED AND COMPLETE INTIMACY AMG 2009 75
  • 66. A MOMENTSOMETIMES IT’S JUST A FACE,SOMETIMES A PAIR OF OIL-STAINED HANDS. THE HONESTTOIL OF THE PIT STOP. THECHEERING MASSES, HUNGRYFOR EXCITEMENT. ALL OFTHESE IMAGES WERE SYNONY-MOUS WITH A NEW ERA 76 AMG 2009
  • 67. HIS IMAGES FROM THEEARLY NINETEEN-SIXTIESOFFER A FASCINATINGGLIMPSE OF THE FIRSTGREAT POP STARS OFRACING, THE HEROESOF THE AGE WHEN of the track and seeing a car turn just a fewAMG’S STAR BEGAN meters away from him is part of the job. Bau- mann witnessed his first race in 1961, theTO SHINE BRIGHTLY 24-hour Nürburgring race. Baumann worked HORST H. BAUMANN ARTIST, DESIGNER, AND PHOTOGRAPHER, WAS BORN as if possessed and went through an incredi- IN AACHEN ON JUNE 1934. IN 1956, 1958, AND 1960, ble 20 rolls of film in an endlessly long night BAUMANN SHOWED HIS WORK AT THE PHOTOKINA and fast-paced day. “Photography became SHOW IN COLOGNE, WHERE HE WAS AWARDED my personal method of perception,” says the SEVERAL PRIZES. FOLLOWING MANY YEARS AS A PHO- 75-year-old today, his face ablaze. While the TOGRAPHER, HE MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF MAINLY AS is finger hovers like an eagle over the listener may be left unsure of exactly whatH button of the camera. Then, seconds Baumann means by this, it’s clear what pho- A LIGHTING ARTIST AND NOW WORKS IN DÜSSELDORF later, with a threatening, thundering tography means to him. He gives order to hisnoise, the car comes at him like a bullet. First world through the lens of his Leica. It is ait’s just a shadow. The subject itself follows world full of fun, full of pride in discovery anddirectly behind. This is the moment! The fin- full of artistic power. Baumann has worked forger presses down. The shutter opens for just all the great magazines. From Time to Life,1/250 of a second and captures an image Vogue to Stern and even Playboy, they allthat looks like a painting. A timeless photo: wanted his point of view. He never retouched New York. Author and art critic Tom WolfeJim Clark’s green and yellow Lotus, elongat- a picture, finding the monotony of darkroom surveys Baumann’s Jim Clark picture full ofed, traveling at breathtaking speed, and yet work just too much. “My pictures are the gen- wonder. A distorted smudge of green and yel-an image of complete intimacy. uine article, I haven’t played any tricks.” He low, the Lotus shines out from the picture.The Lotus and its driver dive into the next was also careful in the way he worked with Clark’s helmet protrudes from the car, whilecorner. Silence. Then a gentle, fluid move- color, something brand new at the time, and Baumann almost disappears amid so manyment: the young photographer swings his used it to create specific highlights. New York celebrities. Wolfe’s fascinated gazeLeicaflex over his shoulder and climbs down now switches back and forth between thefrom the low curb at the side of the race- hanks to his sensitive eye, his photo- photo and Baumann, culminating in this com-track. He makes for the pits, which are once T graphs are always centered on the ment from the world’s first lifestyle journalist:again echoing to the all-enveloping orchestral moment. Sometimes it is the en- “That’s pretty close.” He defers to the mastersound of the engines. Horst H. Baumann veloping clear blue horizon that makes the and expresses in a nutshell his attitude to life:knows he’s got his picture. That was 1963 at victory celebrations down below seem almost Horst H. Baumann always tried to be rightthe British Grand Prix in Silverstone. However, incidental, sometimes the faces of the crowd there in the thick of things – and very oftenthis photographic moment would make histo- appear as grainy smudges in the distance, he succeeded.ry. Just two years later, the photo of Jim Clark sometimes it’s just a face, sometimes a pairwas displayed at MoMA, the Museum of Mod- of oil-stained hands. The hard yet honest toilern Art in New York. Silverstone, Nürburgring, of the pits. The cheering masses, hungry forand Indianapolis are some of the stops on his excitement. The impartiality of the stopwatchjourney in search of the perfect picture. As a as a symbol of permanent progress. All ofracing photographer, he was part of the mi- these images were synonymous with a newgrant family that comprised the racing circus. era. Things really took off at that point. MotorBaumann played the role of Harlequin at the racing became one expression of the beliefcenter of the performance. Today he de- that anything was possible. It was this mix-scribes this world as the “flair of the cham- ture of technical enthusiasm and a love of ad-pagne set.” People loved his spleen and his venture that was carried in the genes of AMGtaste for the latest technology: Formula 1 from the first day of its founding in 1967. ThisWorld Champion Graham Hill tested a helmet love of the sport and of its heroes make Bau-camera for Baumann and provided him with mann and the Affalterbach brand true soul-exciting photographs of the track such as had mates. And so we follow the story full-circlenever been seen before. Baumann is full of back to the year 1965. Baumann’s famousenergy. The risk of standing right on the edge photo hangs in the Gallery of Modern Art in78 AMG 2009
  • 68. STARTING PISTOLPOLITICS, BUSINESS,TECHNOLOGY: THINGSTOOK OFF IN THE 1960S.MOTOR RACING BECAMEA SYMBOL THATANYTHING IS POSSIBLE AMG 2009 79
  • 69. PERFORMANCE STUDIO
  • 70. WHITE STARTHE IDEA OF AN ALL-WHITE CAR. ERNST-VOLKER NIEWEG, AHIGHLY CREATIVE AMG CONSULTANT WITH A PASSION FOR HISJOB, REALIZED HIS CUSTOMER’S WISHES IN THE AMG PERFORM-ANCE STUDIO. THE VIRTUOSO COUNTERPOINT TO THE VIRGINALEXTERIOR? THE INTERIOR OF THE ML 63 AMG IS SKY BLUE AMG 2009 81
  • 71. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE PERFORMANCE TEXT THOMAS SCHULZ PHOTO M. BOLSINGERSTUDIO: MAKING IDEAS A REALITY.THE PERSON LOOKING AT THISONE-OFF MODEL FROM THE ML 63 AMGPERFORMANCE STUDIO MAY BE FASCI-NATED BY THE RADIANCE OF THISMYSTICAL WHITE CAR, BUT HE CANONLY GUESS AT THE CREATIVE EFFORTTHAT WENT INTO ACHIEVING IT ERNST-VOLKER NIEWEG THE 46-YEAR-OLD IS A BUSINESS GRADUATE. HE IS THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT IN THE AMG PERFORM- ANCE STUDIO WHEN IT COMES TO INDIVIDUAL rnst-Volker Nieweg has been travel- sports suspension was reduced to its individ- REQUESTS FROM AMG CUSTOMERS ABOUT COLORS,E ing the world for 20 years – on be- ual components in order to prepare the sepa- MATERIALS, INTERIOR FINISH, AND SO ON. WHERE OTHER half of individuality, on behalf of rate body parts for painting. The specialists PEOPLE SEE PROBLEMS, NIEWEG FINDS SOLUTIONSAMG. Nieweg knows the geography of the around Nieweg paid special attention to theglobe as well as he knows the psychological chrome parts. Prior to painting, these sensi-maps of his customers. The 46-year-old busi- tive components had to be individually pow-ness graduate is the first point of contact at der-coated using a spray-on procedure to en-AMG for individual requests in the Perform- sure an adhesive basis for the subsequentance Studio. The extravagance of his cus- application of color. However, an approachtomers manifests itself quickly in the discus- based on the modular principle was unthink- sembling suede in terms of its surface char-sions of the configuration of their unique able for the artisans of the AMG Performance acteristics. In order to manufacture a uniformAMG Mercedes. This dialogue is an important Studio, because the application techniques blue in the interior, it was necessary to con-part of the design process. “Our customers are not suitable as a template for the next sider the various surface structures and re-are at least as extravagant as their vehicles,” model. “We confront a new challenge every flective properties of Alcantara, leather, andNieweg knows. time,” emphasizes Nieweg. A unique predica- metal. In the end, the entire interior of theThe idea for the White Star, a completely ment? Yes, but in a positive way. vehicle exudes a consistent light blue, whichwhite four-wheel-drive, belongs to an AMG calms in almost meditative fashion, assistingenthusiast from Croatia already known to ieweg smiles with satisfaction as he concentration without subduing the driverNieweg. His uncompromising order to the N walks around the car. He glances at into sleep. The AMG Performance StudioPerformance Studio in Affalterbach: The the air intake vents on the hood. specialists are used to quite a lot of de-external shell of the ML 63 AMG is to be “You can’t just paint over these parts with the mands. One customer gave them a piece ofcompletely radiant in “mystic white.” And he slots, because the underside has to be blue terrycloth as the color sample for theliterally means every component, including sprayed as well.” He continues. “The door interior. “Of course we accepted that, nochrome parts. The fact that this color isn’t sills are plastic and held in place by clips, problem,” says Nieweg. Therein lies theeven available from the factory was the small- whereas the body is metal. The parts seal al- singularity of the AMG Performance Studio:er of the problems, or, more precisely, the most seamlessly, but there can’t be even the Making ideas a reality. But his simple, accom-smaller challenge. For Nieweg the individual- slightest scratch.” But as anyone can see, the modating answer contains the real core ofist, however, only one thing counts: “You can AMG Performance Studio artists have deliv- the AMG Performance Studio. When you lookdiscuss customer requests, but you can’t re- ered flawless work. Their masterpiece stands at the body of the car, you’d never suspect allfuse them.” Not Nieweg. Not at AMG. there, brilliant. The ML 63 AMG gives off a the technical work, all the effort of the crafts-So much for the exterior. As far as the interior slight glint of pearl in the sunlight, an elegant, men, or all the creative exertion. And this iswas concerned, the Croatian customer had previously unseen effect. Nieweg touches the also Ernst-Volker Nieweg’s secret. Remark-his heart set on a combination of white and body of the ML 63 AMG gently, as if he wants ably reserved on the outside, he is a true indi-blue – or rather, a soft light-blue.The simpli- to say goodbye. vidual in terms of his professional dedication.fied, perhaps even crude, method of repaint- “We worked on this model for three months,”ing was out of the question for Nieweg and he says. It’s certainly possible to grow fond ofhis AMG Performance Studio technicians. a unique specimen like this over that period.Their self-imposed obligation to perfection The emotional attachment to the exclusive ve-would not allow it. The first step was to take hicle was further strengthened in the work forthe basic vehicle apart. The 510 HP ML 63 the interior. Like all the other fabric compo-AMG with its eight-cylinder, four-valve engine, nents, the roof lining, for example, is madeAMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC and AMG from Alcantara, a soft microfiber material re-82 AMG 2009
  • 72. telefon: 07971.9630-0 · fax: 07971.9630 -191 · info@KWautomotive.dewww.KW suspensions.de Schweiz: tel.: 041.7981105 · fax: 041.7981106 · info@KWautomotive.ch
  • 73. VISION
  • 74. GIFTED & GREENSWISS CAR DESIGNER STEPHANE SCHWARZ HAS SWAPPED THE STREET FOR THE SEA,DESIGNING A SUPERLATIVE ECO-FRIENDLY YACHTTEXT NICOLE HILLE-PRIEBE PHOTO THORSTEN DOERK omeday, said Andy Warhol in one of And that’s why the trained automobile design- way wherever possible,” says Schwarz. Com-S his dry observations on the future, er values AMG so much. AMG stands for ulti- puter-controlled networks will make work easi- “all department stores will be muse- mate performance paired with quality at the er onboard the Ikko, cutting the number ofums and all museums will be department highest level.” Because the design also re- crew members required, thereby protectingstores.” The interfaces between art and con- flects the wishes and attitudes of the pur- the privacy of the owners. The electricity re-sumerism are precisely the home turf of star chaser, Schwarz believes there is a huge po- quired for the numerous technical featuresdesigners like Stephane Schwarz. The Swiss tential in the luxury segment for extending found onboard will come from surface-treateddesigner was one of the first European studio the sphere of social responsibility. “Con- solar cells, among other sources. The mega-bosses at Nissan, where he spent 14 years, sumerism, luxury, and ecology do not have to yacht offers high-tech luxury on four decksdivided between Tokyo and London, develop- be mutually exclusive,” he states. On the con- with generously proportioned cabins, privateing the signature style of the Japanesecar trary. As well as conventional categories such balconies, individually adaptable saloons, andmanufacturer. Once he had playfullyfilled the as form and function, sustainability and envi- a pool. Under the helipad is a lounge measur-gap between the conventional charm of a sta- ronmental responsibility also play an increas- ing almost 400 square meters with a breath-tion wagon with the aggressive touch of an ingly important role for him. taking 360-degree view and a glass floor.SUV with the Qashqai, he left Nissan and set Like all designers, Stephane Schwarz is also a Schwarz is in talks with several shipyards whoup his own business in London. bit of an inventor, someone who is always are interested in supplying the Ikko to poten-This was a good decision for many of the looking for a better way to do something. tial customers. It’s likely that they won’t haveworld’s other aesthetic puzzles that are just Take luxury yachts, for example: “When you to wait long for interested parties who arewaiting to be solved. “Design needs dissatis- take a look around the harbors and bays, you looking for a luxury eco-friendly yacht that isfaction,” says Schwarz, who never wanted to come across uninventive monotony. This is also part of design history.get tied down to designing cars. It cries out despite the fact that the owners place enor-for mobility and for the future. As it is, though, mous importance on exclusivity, comfort, andlife has enough building sites; mostly things privacy.” Yet the market is limited to floatingeither look good and don’t work, or vice ver- five-star hotels in which the owners rarelysa. The increasing complexity of technical find the privacy and relaxation they seek.processes demands a new self-confidence “The bigger the yacht, the more people youfrom designers who “need to bring solutions need to run it.”to the future” as Schwarz puts it. “It’s as if The prototype for a new generation of luxurysomeone had spread millions of jigsaw pieces yachts developed by Schwarz is named Ikkoall over the world and no one can put them and is a 21st-century vision in a Formula 1together. Our task will be to assemble the look, paired with an all-embracing extrava-pieces in the hearts and minds of people.” gance. The concept for the 125-meter high-The fact that design not only supports the class pentamaran is based on a substructuredevelopment of a product, but can also deter- developed by BMT Nigel Gee, which is stabi-mine its properties is something that the lized on all sides by outriggers like a Polyne-43-year-old emphasizes to his students at the sian fishing boat, and whose hydrodynamismRoyal College of Art in London. reduces fuel consumption, even at highHowever, to come up with ideas that no one speeds.has ever thought of before, you need courage Named after Schwarz’s favorite Japanese de-and freedom. “The greatest enemy of the de- signer Ikko Tanaka, the yacht represents asigner is avarice,” says Schwarz. “That’s why new school of free thought. “I’m not a mem-innovations tend to be something exclusive.” ber of the Greens, but I want to live in a green AMG 2009 85
  • 75. DRIVING ACADEMY LUIS FREIRE, THE MAN WITH NO PULSE: "DRIVING SAFELY IS MY FIRST PRIORITY. BEING ABLE TO ADD SPEED ADDS TO THE FUN86 AMG 2009
  • 76. N ovember in Andalusia. The As- Markus Schmitt, is to blame. Doctor Schmitt cariracetrack remains, for the mo- is a race doctor, and has been the doctor for ment, in the warm light of the winter many drivers racing with a star on the hood sun. Untouched. Until now, the Saturday has since 1976. Schmitt loves the German Touring been far too quiet on the private racetrack Car Championship, dotes on the drivers, and near Ronda. All of a sudden, a deep rumbling knows very well that regardless of the class can be heard. A rumbling that swells stronger of driver, in the cockpit one thing counts and stronger, finally erupting in an ear-pierc- more than anything else: fitness. While train- ing, howling, wonderfully raucous explosion. ing continues on the track outside, the grey- Welcome to training for the final two heats of haired doctor with the smoky voice holds the 2008 AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy. With forth on heartrates in the pit lane: “In races, a short, satisfying thud, a car door falls into some drivers have heartrates over 190. That’s ASCARI place. The AMG Mercedes SLK 55 Black terribly high,” says Schmitt, and explains that Series is ready to go. At the wheel: Daniel the peak figures don’t appear on the fast Stalder. The task the Swiss has been as- straights, but rather in the turns. “That’s why DOESN’T signed by his instructor? Get to know the track. Four hundred horsepower pushes the coupe forward powerfully as Daniel approach- Ascari is so hard on the drivers. Only turns, hardly any straights. There’s only tress, you don’t get a chance to relax.” All drivers in the DO es the first chicane. He breathes heavily. He knows that he has the first part of the 5.4- kilometer track behind him. But he also AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy wear heartrate monitors. Everything is recorded and evaluat- ed in the evening. “Then I can see exactlySTRAIGHT knows that 13 right-hand turns and 13 left- hand turns are about to shoot towards him without respite. Ascari doesn’t do straight. Pylons along the 12.2 m wide asphalt strip who is fit and who isn’t,” says Schmitt. T he doc looks over his glasses at the laptop monitor in pit 5 of the Ascari mark the brake points and crowns of the nu- Race Resort. Jagged lines. Phases of merous tight turns. Still, curbs and enormous extremely fast heartbeats alternate with read- safety zones provide safety. ings just above the level of relaxation. The Only the best drivers come to Ascari, drivers question is: How long does it take for the SOME DRIVERS WANT who can really control their car and who ex- pulse to recover? If it takes too long, some- MORE THAN JUST SPEED. pect more than just speed. Sixteen men and thing is wrong. “I took Ralf aside at one point A VISIT TO THE AMG one woman are taking part in the final of this and told him he could be even faster, if onlyMASTERS SPORTS TROPHY race series. “Let’s be honest,” says instructor he was in better shape.” Ralf Köllges took the Hari Proczyk, “some of them are too good medical advice, and began jogging and cy- IN SOUTHERN SPAIN even for this. They have got to the stage cling. Twenty kilograms of body weight disap- where they can almost do more than the peared. Then a car came out of a parking cars. And that’s really saying something.” space, and Ralf and his bike landed first on the hood, then on the asphalt, and ultimately P roczyk, an Austrian and a successful in hospital. All that just weeks before the final racing driver, knows the Grand Prix races! Up until just prior to this final week- tracks of the world. Is the defending end, it wasn’t certain whether he would even runner-up of the German Mini Challenge sur- be able to compete. Now Ralf is cutting his prised at the pace of the hobby drivers? “Well laps, followed by another CLK 63 AMG Black no, actually – I trained the best of them,” he Series, which appears to glide through the says, grinning. The instructors have a kind of turns of Ascari. With remarkable speed, ad- inside competition to see who will have the mittedly. At the wheel: Luis Freire, business- winner in their training group. Ralf Köllges is man from Portugal. “Luis is quite a unique leading the field confidently after four heats. case,” Doc Schmitt remarks. “He has practi- But sometimes he simply wants too much; he cally no pulse at all.” The black-haired man of wants to be even faster. “If you want to give around 50 years of age wears a comfortable 110% in the first training, you won’t have any- pot belly. When he speaks, he does so quietly thing left for the race, and neither will the and with certainty. His dark eyes rest on who- car,” says Hari. Ralf is the defending cham- ever he is talking to. For all his calmness, pion, having won the AMG MASTERS Sports however, Luis immediately commands re- Trophy in 2007. When he learned, after his spect. When he talks, people listen to him. overall victory last year, that his first prize Automatically. “Luis is kind of a textbook ex- was to drive the current German Touring Car ample of how stress impacts on circulation. Championship vehicle from AMG, he cried He simply doesn’t let anything stress him,” with joy. The other drivers rejoiced with him. laughs Doc Schmitt. Luis comes into the pits, This year, the burden of being favorite seems chatting in a relaxed manner with the KW sus- to have been a little too heavy. That’s why pension expert. Things aren’t quite right with Ralf’s knee is now injured. “Doc Schmitt,” aka the front axle. No problem. Mechanics bustle AMG 2009 87
  • 77. HOW FAST AM I? WHAT IF I GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC? WHAT LAP AM I ON? THOSE WHO MISCALCULATE OR DRIFT FROM THE RACING LINE CAN INCUR HEAVY PENALTIESTEXT THORSTEN ELBRIGMANN PHOTO ANDREAS LINDLAHR AMG 2009 89
  • 78. about his car. A short time later, he gets back when they tell him about their children. Workin, helmet on, and races off. The run is unex- is not an issue either. Over the whole week-ceptional, despite the demanding track. Luis’ end, not a single mobile phone rings – not forcar is practically always on the racing line. “I any of the participants. They are all switchedlike to drive safely. I enjoy the fact that I can off.be fast at the same time. But it’s not that im- It is Sunday morning. The day of reckoning.portant to me,” says Luis. “The people here Two final races. Thoroughly prepared Blackare far more important. He has completed Series AMGs stand ready, each one adjustedmore than 30 training sessions. “For me, the perfectly to its driver. But instead of the wild,AMG training events are like coming home.” roaring start, the race seems quite unspec-The car oversteers slightly as it pushes tacular. Which is partly due to the fact thatthrough the turn. Luis corrects it skilfully, continuity is a key aspect of the AMG MAS-with small movements on the steering wheel, TERS Sports Trophy: Every driver records acontinuing to talk uninterrupted. “When I had reference lap, and then has to meet this time PHASES OF EXTREMELYto go to California recently, for example, the exactly in the following laps. In addition, there FAST HEARTBEATS ALTER-first thing I did was call Scott Preacher, our is a previously determined lap, which the driv-US boy here, to get a few traveling tips.” Luis ers must complete as quickly as possible. NATE WITH READINGSalso stays in touch with other drivers, such as This leads to a number of considerations: JUST ABOVE THE LEVEL OFAthanasios Ladas from Greece, and the Briton How fast am I? What if I get stuck in traffic? RELAXATION. THE QUES-Ed Strickland. What lap am I on? Those who miscalculate, or TION IS: HOW LONG DOES deviate too far from the racing line, can incur oming home: All the other Sports heavy penalties. Clean and concentrated driv- IT TAKE FOR THE PULSEC Trophy drivers feel the same way as ing – that’s the aim of the competition. It’s TO RECOVER? Luis. They give no quarter on the not the checkered flag that announces thetrack, but by lunchtime at the latest they are winner, but rather the final analysis of the fig-all deep in conversation extending well be- ures on the computer.yond what is happening on the track. Scott Portugal, as his 17-year-old son accompaniedPreacher, the American, towers above them t’s over. The AMG MASTERS Sports him to Ronda and has to go back to school to-all at 210 cm. The advertising guru from At- I Trophy 2008 has been raced and morrow. “It’s important,” says Luis in a tonelanta, Georgia, bends down low to Antoinette won. The family of drivers gathers in that allows no objection. The first thing forAng from Hong Kong. The graceful power- front of the podium full of tension. Daniel has everyone else is to relax after all the hardwoman clearly feels comfortable among all come in third, celebrating at the top of his driving work. The evening belongs to the par-the “big boys.” She calls Scott at least once a voice, in a thoroughly un-Swiss manner. ty of people who simply get on unbelievablymonth. Sometimes for professional matters “Amazing, just amazing,” shouts the man with well. Because they have gasoline in theirand sometimes privately, just to say “hello.” the jumping milker on his red T-shirt. Second blood, and because they are as addicted toIn the afternoon, red flags are suddenly place follows on cue – and on crutches. the AMG Driving Academy as they are to theirwaved. Something must have happened on Changing vehicles cost Ralf Köllges penalty own AMG at home. The next day, they are allthe track. It soon becomes clear. Ralf seems points. In spite of that, he managed second back home. In Hong Kong, Russia, Greece,to have experienced problems on a bend. In place. He can’t believe it! Tears in his eyes. Great Britain, and Mönchengladbach. Thethe pits, the AMG mechanics decide that the He jumps up, hugs Hari, and can barely reach weather in Andalusia will change. It is sup-CLK won’t be driven again, for safety reasons. the podium for so much backslapping. And posed to get cold and wet. The heroes of theThe spare car is put into action. Ralf is able to the winner’s cup? This year it goes to the US. AMG MASTERS Sports Trophy won’t see eachreturn to the track after just a few minutes, Scott Preacher has won! The tall man is other until the coming June. And as happensbut an entire day of work on the right setup standing a bit further back. His celebrations every year, one new face or another will joinhas been for nothing. Ralf now has to return are quiet, he is visibly surprised. He wanders the circle in 2009. In the company of Ralf,to the pits after almost every training lap to forward, as if in a dream, right to the top of Scott, Luis, and all the others, the “additionscorrect tire pressure and to adjust the shocks the podium. The winner. The Star-Spangled to the family” will not only experience excitingto the track. A real competitive disadvantage. Banner, the US national anthem, is played. races, but will also be able to have a whole lot“It’s my own fault,” says Ralf, shrugging his The instructors move to safety before the of fun with like-minded people.shoulders. The self-made man from obligatory champagne showers. Ralf doesn’tMönchengladbach, in the Lower Rhine region, have a chance, and ends up with the lion’shas a company which produces tools for the share of the sparkling wine all over him. Hemanufacture of screws. Some of these pours the rest of his bottle over his curly hair.screws are currently orbiting the earth with He’ll be sticky and sweet-smelling until histhe ISS, while others hold giant marine diesel shower afterwards.engines in place. He is a “passionate con- The others don’t care how he smells, thatstructer, absolutely obsessed with technol- he’s sticky and completely soaked: they sim-ogy,” he says. Ralf Köllges demands high per- ply want to give him a hug. And Luis? He qui-formance from his employees, and from etly drove his way well up towards the front:himself. He enjoys being the best. But he Fourth place. He is satisfied. In spirit, howev-doesn’t take himself too seriously. He laughs er, he is already back in his car – this time ina lot, approaches the others, and enjoys it his own AMG. He has to leave shortly, back to90 AMG 2009
  • 79. “IT’S JUST ONE CURVE AFTER ANOTHER, HARDLY ANY STRAIGHTSECTIONS. YOU DON’T GET A MOMENT TO RELAX.” AMG 2009 91
  • 80. A WORLD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWARCHITECTURE
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  • 82. TEXT MAX B. OERTEL PHOTO M. BOLSINGER
  • 83. M OS COW THIS IS WHERE ASIA AND EUROPE COL-LIDE, WHERE THE AUSTERITY OF THE WEST MEETS THE INFINITE VARIETY OF THE EAST: MOSCOW, A MELTING POT OF MODERNISM, IS REINVENTING ITSELF. TOGETHER WITH THE DESIGN ICON G 55 AMG, WE UNDERTAKE A VOYAGE OF DIS- COVERY IN A NEW LANDSCAPE OF RUSS- IAN ARCHITECTURE. THIS IS A JOURNEY BETWEEN OPULENCE AND SIMPLICITY, POETRY AND HIGH DRAMA AMG 2009 95
  • 84. ANDREY V. BOKOV ANDREY V. BOKOV PRESI- DENT OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF ARCHITEC- TURE IN HIS LOFT ABOVE THE ROOFTOPS OF MOSCOW. A NATIVE MUSCOVITE, HE BELIEVES IN AN INDIVIDUAL, LOCAL BUILDING STYLE96 AMG 2009
  • 85. M OS COW RUSSIA’S CAPITAL IS DOMINATED BY THREE EPOCHS: THE EXTREMELY CLASSICAL TSARIST STYLE, THE SOCIALISTI t’s not hard to pick out Moscow from ICING-SUGAR STYLE Words are important here. Thus, after 24 space – this city really lights up at hours in Moscow, it is hardly surprising that night. Moscow is a town with two WITH ITS HIGH-RISE our chauffeur does not simply take us wherefaces. By day, tens of thousands of cars wend BUILDINGS, AND we want to go. It always takes a few minutes,their way through the broad, mostly gray THE KITSCH POMP sometimes longer, before we move off. Thestreets. By night the buildings light up as if man at the wheel just loves a good argu-the city had just put on a string of radiant OF CONTEMPORARY ment. Sometimes he asks why we are takingpearls, reflected in the waters of the Moskva, ARCHITECTURE photos in the new city (“It’s really not verythe river that gave Moscow its name and that nice there.”) and sometimes he considersflows through the metropolis like a sinuous the route we want to take too difficult (“It’llbackbone. The Moskva also flows past a new be traffic jams all the way in that direction.”).chapter in the almost one-thousand-year-old Perhaps the need to have one’s say is a left-history of the city. It embraces Europe’s over from the old socialist days, a world inlargest building site, Russia’s future business which everyone was equal, in theory at least.center. This gigantic modern office landscape Russia. They see Moscow being restored to But perhaps the reason is simply that ourconsisting of glazed columns and reflecting parity with Paris, London, and New York. Crit- driver is well aware that we need him. Drivingcubes is known simply as The City. This was a icism has come from those who do not want in Moscow is a black-and-white affair. Youcontroversial project from day one, which in to see Russia become a carbon copy of the either wait, and wait, and wait in traffic jams,Russia means that it was the subject of much western economic model. This group obvi- sometimes on highways three or four lanesheated debate. “In essence there are just two ously includes Julian Jusim among its num- wide, or you bowl across the city at furiouskinds of architecture,” summarizes Julian ber. His drastic, somewhat exaggerated judg- speeds that frequently exceed 100 kilome-Jusim, architect, artist, and our guide for the ments are the words of a man who is ters per hour. If you don’t know what you’reday as we take an architectural journey fascinated by Moscow, perhaps because he doing here, you’ll soon find yourself hope-through the heart of Russia. “The first kind I left the city of St. George the Dragon Slayer, lessly lost.call democratic architecture that is open to the patron saint of Moscow, more than 20the observer and monumental. The second is years ago. B ecause our chauffeur finally decidesdictatorial architecture that is designed to to start the engine, Julian Jusim cancreate anxiety.” For him Moscow City is unde- J ulian Jusim (62) was born in Samara, finally take us to see the seeminglymocratic: “All the glass seems to signal open- on the banks of the Volga, grew up in endless complex of buildings that comprisesness at first glance. However, in fact this is Moscow, and now lives in Germany. a huge cardiac clinic. “I built this part here –the external skin of a world that is hermetical- The love of a woman enticed him away from back in the day.” Thousands of windows, sev-ly sealed off from its surroundings and from his first great love, Russia’s capital city. Julian eral stories high, with a façade that looks likethe people.” tells his story with an intensity that is typical it should be measured in kilometers ratherThe City certainly polarizes opinion. It gar- of people here. A short, simple question al- than meters. Impressive, just like everythingners applause from those who look forward most always opens up an impressive world of else here in Moscow. A little later, just beforeto the future and who interpret the construc- fables, words, and picturesque experiences. we reach our destination, we pass the presstion of the tower blocks on the banks of the Stories so full of passion and enthusiasm that center for the 1980 Olympic Games – archi-Moskva as a visible sign of a strong, modern only a Russian could tell them. tectural clarity, very graphic and, of course, AMG 2009 97
  • 86. THE BUILDINGS OF THE SOCIALIST ERA ARE CHARACTERIZED BY A PURELY VERTICALURGE, REACHING UPWARDS LIKE ROCKETS
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  • 88. JULIAN JUSIM BORN IN RUSSIA, TODAY HE LIVES IN GERMANY AND WORKS AS A PAIN- TER AND ILLUSTRATOR OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS. THE TRAINED ARCHITECT’S FASCINATING BUILDINGS ARE HIS LEGACY TO MOS- COW, HIS NATIVE CITY100 AMG 2009
  • 89. M OS COW IN THIS CITY WE GET TO KNOW NEW RUSSIAN DIMENSIONS. HERE EVERYTHING IS NOT JUST VISUALLY BIGGER,very big. This is another impressive building IT’S ALSO SOMEHOW that automobile design has taken on a lead-that is part of Julian’s legacy to his city. Julian ing role in determining the way our world isis an aesthete who learned to think big, the MORE INTENSE AND organized.absolute antithesis to his present work. Julian MUCH MORE PASSIONATE. The proof of this is both simple and plausible:Jusim now illustrates children’s books, draw- UNFORTUNATELY, “Beautiful car designs can always be com-ing finely detailed works of art for the appre- bined with classical buildings – they are theciation of children. Thanks to Julian’s con- THE SAME APPLIES TO perfect pairing.” Modern architecture fre-tacts, we get to meet Aleksandr Skokan, a THE KITSCH quently interferes with the image of car andmember of a family of great Moscow archi- building, particularly when the buildings aretects and, now in his sixty-six-year, something as overloaded and exaggerated as is fre-of a character himself. Kindly, but with deci- quently the case in Moscow.sive absolutism, he contradicts the dramatic “Modern architecture should be mobile, thatcritique of his friend Julian of the architecture W e debate the issues in Skokan’s ar- would be the best solution. If necessary, youof Moscow’s business city: “I like the archi- chitectural practice. Whole districts could simply tow it away and scrap it,” smilestecture. The buildings behave like individuals are being planned and realized by Aleksandr as he says goodbye, watching as wewho are deep in conversation – it’s great.” him and his team of over 40 employees. He is leave in a piece of automotive architecture thatTheir great height makes them seem like bas- currently working on a district of Omsk. The perfectly matches the clear graphic lines of hisketball players stopping to bat the breeze. distance of 2,555 kilometers from Moscow to contoured office complex, the G 55 AMG. the Siberian city seems enormous to us, butA lthough he likes the design, in the from Skokan’s perspective Omsk is practical- O ur car’s paintwork is white – still. next breath he pours scorn on the ly just around the corner. We learn what it The choice of car is no coincidence. poor choice of location for the new means to think in Russian dimensions: every- That’s because even after 30 yearsoffice city. Skokan forecasts total traffic thing is relative in this gigantic country. This the Bauhaus architectural style of the G Classchaos. Already, before all the tower blocks is just as true for traffic as for geographical is still bang up to date. The contours of theare finished and with the offices still unoccu- distances. Normally the scene of an infernal G 55 AMG are still very much part of thepied, the atmosphere around the business chaos of excessive speed, endless traffic 21st century. This form has a timeless quality.city is one of pure panic. It seems that traffic jams, and aggression, the streets are quiet Here, in the middle of a sea of dark automo-jams will be the default. today. That’s because it’s a national holiday biles – black is obviously the “in” color forSkokan would have preferred to see a number here. Everything is opulent in Russia, even Muscovites – we surge majestically forwardof separate centers. This would best corre- the tranquility. Regardless of whether we’re in our car as if on the crest of a billowingspond to Moscow’s basic layout. Alexandr talking about buildings or cars, “It’s all a white wave.Skokan believes that existing buildings should question of scale,” explains Aleksandr. Car Not that the boxy shape of the G 55 AMG is abe incorporated in the plan. This attitude is design is having an increasing influence on rare sight here; Moscow seems to be the per-also an argument in favor of a sensitive ap- architecture, he continues. “In the old days fect environment for this car, judging by theproach to architecture: “We live in a time of architecture was regarded as the pinnacle of surprisingly frequent sightings of this fairlychange and should be careful with what we the arts, but these days the new kids on the exclusive automobile between Lenin Prospectare left with.” We should preserve the best of block are teaching their elders a thing or and Pushkin Square. The size of the G popula-the old and enrich it with the new, he feels. two.” Which is a rather poetic way of saying tion indicates that Moscow’s drivers are very AMG 2009 101
  • 90. M OS COW IN TIMES OF CHANGE IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE CARE- FUL WITH THE VALUES OF THE PAST, OTHERWISE WEfond of this particular model. The Russians’ WILL SWEEP AWAY THE quently quotes from the Bauhaus period.love of the clear, almost purist lines of the WORK OF EARLIER ERAS Likewise, it is equally unsurprising that An-G Class body is all the more surprising when drey should savor the moment when heyou consider that its austerity and simplicity THAT WILL ONLY BE catches sight of our G 55 AMG downstairs atdiffer so much from the ubiquitous over-the- MISSED TOMORROW, the front of the building. His aim is to createtop style currently in vogue here. WHEN IT IS TOO LATE buildings like this car. “Buildings that serveThe popularity of the G 55 must have some- people, even just in terms of their appear-thing to do with the attraction of opposites. ance.”T his is a thought that Andrey V. Bokov O n the return journey from the idyllic would not just contradict, but would surroundings of the historical build- actually wipe out entirely. Sixty-sev- tects, Andrey argues for an indigenous, ings to our hotel next to the Kremlin,en-year-old Bokov is the President of the As- specifically Russian approach, even if this is the words we have heard still echo in oursociation of Russian Architects. He advises currently expressed mainly in excess and ex- heads like a soundtrack to the structures weMoscow’s mayor and has a firm hand on the aggeration. see around us: socialist confectionery, tsaristreins when it comes to the design decisions opulence and, again and again, kitsch mod-made in the country. This is a man who is full aving spent a lot of time abroad, this ernism. And here we are in the middle of itof energy and full of soft-hearted sentimental- H senior Russian architect is happy to all, safely stowed in our steel icon. A satisfy-ity, the embodiment of the Russian soul. He defend local solutions. That’s why he ing example of Bauhaus architecture onspeaks with the same vehemence when criti- has so much sympathy for the young Chinese wheels. Thank you, G 55 AMG.cizing the glass structures of Moscow City as architects. He is particularly aware that Chinaimperialistic architecture that seeks to im- has had the same experience as Russia. Thepose the Anglo-Saxon business style through- first new buildings to be constructed thereout the world irrespective of established were glass palaces in the western style. Butpractice as he does when enthusing about now Andrey sees signs of an improvement.the time he spent as a young architect in “The young Chinese designers are character-Western Europe; one of his best-loved teach- ized by a local style, a decisive reaction to theers was Sir James Frazer Sterling. Sterling’s huge number of soulless glass façades thatmost important building, the “Neue Staatsga- originated in the studios of the big westernlerie Stuttgart,” is generally agreed to be his architects.”masterpiece and is situated just a few kilome- Some time later, in his private loft in an his-ters away from AMG in Affalterbach. This torical building high above the rooftops ofbuilding unites numerous quotations from re- Moscow, Andrey Bokov draws our attention togional and cross-regional styles, as well as Portugal and Alvaro Siza, whom he regards asfrom examples of significant historical archi- the genius of the present age. “He createstecture. poetic buildings without the need for absoluteSeated at the table in his somber office in the high-tech.” It is hardly surprising that Sizaimpressively renovated and extended head- likes to use regional references in his build-quarters of the Association of Russian Archi- ings. Nor is it surprising that his work fre-102 AMG 2009
  • 91. ALEKSANDR SKOKANSCION OF A FAMOUSFAMILY OF MOSCOWARCHITECTS, HE PLANSENTIRE CITY DISTRICTS,ALWAYS TRYING TOPRESERVE WHATALREADY EXISTS AMG 2009 103
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