The German company, Mercedes announced that MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will unveil the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé for the 2012 season. Well, the brand kept its word and the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé for the 2012 DTM season was unveiled at the IAA in Frankfurt.
While the new DTM version is based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, which was launched worldwide in the summer of 2011, it is the first DTM car from Mercedes-Benz to be built around a new, improved safety concept, developed in collaboration with the ITR e.V, the DMSB (Germany’s motor racing governing body) and the DTM manufacturers.
The new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé incorporates a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque with a roll cage made of high-strength steel. In addition to that, each vehicle is equipped with six energy-absorbing crash structures, giving the driver additional protection to the front, rear and sides.
The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe, will be a strong opponent against a new A5 race car being prepped by Audi as well as a BMW M3 DTM racer, succeeding the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which is the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM, having scored 84 victories in 156 races and five driver’s titles.
Development, design and manufacture of the new car began in June 2010 at HWA headquarters in Affalterbach, near Stuttgart, Germany. HWA is responsible for production of the cars, including engines.