Most people associate Mercedes-Benz with their long legacy of pristine luxury vehicles and advanced technological features. Having been around from day one, Mercedes-Benz has the experience necessary to breed a legacy of impressive luxury vehicles.
Some people may have even heard that Mercedes-Benz has a number of impressive concept cars as well, such as the customized Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach Armor; however, Mercedes-Benz has also contributed to the story of racing, particularly Formula One racing.
Known for their mind-blowing road races around Monaco, as well as other countries, Formula One has an impressive following that is due in no small part to the innovations that Mercedes-Benz has provided.
Mercedes-Benz and Racing in Formula One
The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Formula One dates all the way back to the 1930’s and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. Funded by Germany, the Mercedes-Benz vehicles dominated the European Grand Prix Championships from its early years.
This racing series was renamed Formula One during the year 1954 and Mercedes-Benz continued to be a leader in the racing series, winning multiple races in 1954 and 1955. Mercedes-Benz then took a hiatus when disaster struck in 1955 in the Le Mans incident and did not return to the racing series until the mid-1990’s.
In the modern years, Mercedes-Benz has renamed a force in the series, owning a minority stake in several racing teams, most notably the Brawn GP team. Mercedes-Benz also struck a deal with Petronas, renaming their team the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. Since the year 2010, the team has had a mixed performance, finishing second and third in several races all over the world during 2010 and 2011.
Since those years, Mercedes-Benz has sponsored multiple teams and its legacy is unmatched. Mercedes-Benz has collected over 100 wins since the Formula One series started, fourth-most all time. They have also won five championships in Formula One racing as constructors and seven championships as drivers. Mercedes-Benz has also finished one-two (winning both first and second place) at 11 different races in Formula One history. Without a doubt, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most successful auto manufacturers in Formula One racing.
Mercedes Benz and Engineering: Formula One
Mercedes-Benz has also made a powerful statement on the engineering front of Formula One. After taking the hiatus during the mid-to-late 1900’s, they returned to the race series in 1994 as an engine supplier. They partnered with the British company Limor, a noted high-performance auto racing company.
The engine plant is called the Mercedes-AMG High-Performance Powertrains today. They supplied a number of major auto racing companies including Sauber and McLaren. The McLaren partnership expired after 20 years; however, Mercedes-Benz supplies its powerful engines to other auto companies such as the Lotus F1 team and the Manor team.
These noted competitors have been successful due in large part to the advanced engines the Mercedes-Benz AMG engineers are able to come up with. The success of Mercedes-Benz in Formula One, including its constructors’ and drivers’ championships, can be attributed to its superior engineering with regards to the engines they produce for their Formula One race cars.
Mercedes-Benz and Formula One: The Legacy
Because of the time, energy, and financial commitment that Mercedes-Benz has pumped into Formula One racing, they have developed a number of advanced technological equipment that can be seen in the luxury cars it manufactures for commercial use today.
Most notably, the powerful engines that Mercedes-Benz produces for Formula One show up in the powerful engines that they place into their luxury cars that are sold to customers. These turbocharged engines come with additional cylinders, torque, and horsepower that are perfected in their race cars first. Furthermore, the advanced safety features that Mercedes-Benz provides in their luxury cars are tested and perfected in their Formula One racing vehicles first as well.
These drivers are navigating tight roads at high speeds. Therefore, it only makes sense that safety must be paramount when these drivers are behind the wheel of a race car. These safety features then translate into the luxury cars that Mercedes-Benz sells on the open market.
Finally, the handling of Mercedes-Benz vehicles is developed on the Formula One race track first as well. Cars need to take tight turns in these races at high speeds. It only makes sense that the handling needs to be perfected as the tires need to grip the road tightly to prevent from flipping. This handling is then translated to the consumer vehicles as well.
Mercedes-Benz has a powerful legacy that is intimately tied to the Formula One race track. There since day one, this experience has given Mercedes-Benz a leg up on their competition. Many of the advanced features that people enjoy in their Mercedes-Benz vehicle were honed on the Formula One race track before reaching the consumer market.