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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe AMG DTM Race Car

Mercedes-Benz chose the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt to present the new 2012 Mercedes C-Coupe AMG DTM race car. The new car is the successor to the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which scored 84 victories in 156 races to become the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM. HWA AG began development, design and construction of the Mercedes C-Coupe AMG DTM in June 2010. The first chassis was assembled in June 2011, with the first vehicle completed in August. (continued below)

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe AMG DTM Race Car

New 2012 Mercedes C-Coupe AMG DTM

Source: Mercedes-AMG | Published: Tue Sep 13, 2011

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The 2012 Mercedes C-Coupe AMG DTM was designed to meet the new and improved safety concept for 2012, which includes a state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque and a roll cage made of high strength steel. In order to improve driver protection in the event of an accident, all safety-related components such as the fire extinguishing system and fuel tank have been incorporated into the monocoque. Furthermore, each vehicle is equipped with six crash structures to give the driver additional protection to the front, rear and sides. These carbon fiber crash structures are designed to gradually absorb impact energy, so that the driver is not exposed to high deceleration forces.

The new safety concept was developed jointly by rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., the DMSB and the three manufacturers - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. In order to verify the performance of the DTM safety concept, the DMSB developed a test program, which was carried out and analyzed by DEKRA, the independent testing organization. All tests were completed without any problems.

The new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe is based on the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, which celebrated its world premiere in summer 2011.

DTM offers spectators racing like no other touring car series. Viewers in 83 countries can follow DTM either live or as-live. A total of 5,881 hours of DTM racing were shown worldwide on TV in 2010. In Germany last year, 89 hours of TV coverage generated an estimated 480 million TV contacts. On every race weekend of the 2011 season, an average of approximately 2.4 million TV viewers watched coverage of qualifying and the race on ARD television.

Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said: "This new-generation vehicle, based on our Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe, signals the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the start of 2012. I am certain that the spectators will get their money's worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM next year."

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 244 cu in (4000 cc)
Power 500 hp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 369 lb-ft
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Sequential
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 300/680 R18 - 310/710 R18
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 197.2 in
Width 76.8 in
Height 47.6 in
Curb Weight 2139 lbs
0-60 mph 3 s (Est.)
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 186 mph (Est.)
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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