In the early seventies German automotive subculture has gained a certain critical mass to get rid of intrusive influence of the American auto industry. Important role in this process was played by tuning the model, such as Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG.
Today nobody would never put up for the race Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW seventh series. Maybe nothing. Anyway, it was not always. Kanem in retro. End of the Sixties. Ends the era of naive marketing. Automobile companies are still living according to Henry Ford’s famous aphorism: “On Sunday we win – we sell on Monday”. And heavy sedans like the Mercedes-Benz Heckflosse, Jaguar 4.2 l or Opel Commodore honestly utyuzhat racetracks.
Participation in the competition – a great advertisement. Although few of the respectable bourgeois – who has acquired such machines? – Would repeat tricks, what dress like the pros by Hans Heyer and Clemens Shikentantsa. They are almost the same age: Heyer forty-third and Shikentants – forty-fourth year of birth. From generation vzroslevshego taste of margarine on the lips and therefore have an increased desire to succeed. Heyer at that time managed to win in the European karting all, what could only dream of a German, and behind Shikentantsa was a victory in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Thanks to them, in 1971, Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG is the second in the “absolute” 24-hour Ring race at Spa-Frankorshan. Leaving behind the 58 crews. Beating such famous pilots as Rauno Aaltonen, Niki Lauda, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Jochen Mass …
Remarkably, the car shook proudly at the finish dude tripe, which is usually so admired burgers: a tree decorated with indispensable instrument panel clock (well – not with a tape recorder Becker Mexico, which took place disconnect switch and switch the engine start), leather rear sofa (in front stood sports buckets). Stress: even with a steering mechanism such as “screw-ball nut, a four-hydraulic gearbox and air suspension! In short, pilots are missing except that livery.
Sedan Mercedes-Benz 300 (W109) was the first model, the final design of which began to specialize, Hans-Werner Erhard and Aufreht Melher, opening in 1967, a small car repair shop in the town Burgshtal. Workshops are equipped in an abandoned flour. Named his company AMG Motorenbau-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH, ie the “Enterprise for the construction and development of engines AMG”. AMG – is the initial letters of the names of the founders, but a capital letter from Grossaspah – name of the village, the birthplace of Hans-Werner Aufreht.
AMG was the first customer from North Germany, Kiel. Typical Burger, an admirer of the servo-rudder and boxes-boxes. No sooner had the owners locked the gates behind him his company (pride which at that time was only an observation well), as he rolled up back. Did not like the car? Failure of all endeavors! On the contrary, very pleased – because half-way and returned to thank. Thank first of all should Erhard Melhera – he was engaged motors. Even without increasing the working volume, he managed to raise the capacity of the standard “eight” M 100 (which, incidentally, is also equipped with a representative Limousine Mercedes-Benz 600 Series W100) from 250 to 320 liters. with. Classic forcing: arm drill with abrasive nozzle and begin to polish the intake and exhaust channels …
Of course, to adequately address the Spa Frankorshan, demand more. Not otherwise Melher conjured over the motor racing 300 SEL 6.8 AMG? Why would the working volume to rise from 6330 to 6835 “cubes”? New pistons Mahle, lightweight connecting rods, the “head” with the intake valves of the increased diameter, the change in the profile of the cams of a camshaft and form gas channels, the inlet pipe with two valves, exhaust system with reduced backpressure … Established 250 hp at 4000 rpm, turned in 428 hp at 5500 rpm. The car developed 265 km / h and at that time was the fastest German sedan. Actually, the example of AMG can imagine how its infancy Der Tuning – a very special phenomenon of the German automobile subculture.
There is such a genre in literature and film, when real historical figure gets into the fictional circumstances. As far seemed unreal at the race track bourgeois Sedan W109, just as synthesized now look tuned Mercedes-Benz AMG with lounge, fitted under the color of towels, which the customer has stolen a five-star hotel. The honor marks in the DTM series and the other advocating special machines, which are unlikely to be released on ordinary roads. Body Motorsports has become a pure art for art’s sake, and tuning has become totally meaningless in terms of big-time sports. The fact that in the early 1970′s looked naive, and in our time, when the trade of motor vehicles has reached incredible heights, continues to pay dividends.
In 2006, even had to build a replica of the preserved documentation racing 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, because the original owners sold the shop AMG French aerospace company Matra to convert into a mobile booth for testing tires jets. However, to act in a race car still was no longer able – federation FIA has limited the displacement of body classes five liters. Fascination with youth, sooner or later develops into a business. First, partners are separated. Erhard Melher opened his own workshop. Then, Hans-Werner Aufreht sold his share of DaimlerChrysler AG. A Daimler AG has already bought and then everything else. Today, Hans-Werner Aufrehta new venture, still connected with cars Mercedes-Benz. Only here, speaking of AMG, hardly anyone now remembers Aufrehta, Melhera and a small Swabian village Grossaspah.
The company Mercedes-Benz has decided to celebrate the 39 anniversary of the success of AMG in the spa, built modern shoukar-based successor to 300 SEL 6.8 AMG – sedan S63 AMG. Why did the Germans never came round date? Because this fall in sale new version of the S63 AMG, built on the restyling of S-class, and made design changes in its beauty can not be called. After all, the car has a new “heart”: from 2006 S63 AMG cars manned atmospheric V-shaped “Eight volume 6.2 liters and output of 525 hp Now under the hood will stand volume of 5,5 liter V8 with two turbines. Power – 544 hp the standard version and 571 hp when ordering a set of options called AMG Performance Package. Increasing herd “of horses under the hood, motorists have not forgotten about fashion now subject of ecology and economy: the car is equipped with the system is gradually gaining popularity” start / stop, turn off the engine when stopped. By tradition, the AMG engines are hand-picked, all of which work within a particular engine assembly serves only one master, whose name can be read on the label in the engine compartment.