With the creation of its first compact premium sedan, Mercedes-Benz started to explore options to come back at rallying. Cosworth began to work on such a project, but Audi Quattro incredible performance made it obsolete. Always, there is something good in every dangerous situation. It turned out that this fortuity forced Mercedes-Benz to focus on the race track with its W201. This is how such an epic Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II DTM art was born.
In 1984 20 former Nurburgring winners including Jack Brabham, Hans Herrmann, Phil Hill, Denis Hulme, James Hunt, Alan Jones, Niki Lauda, Klaus Ludwig, Stirling Moss, Alain Prost, Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, and John Surtees got 20 newly developed 190 E 2.3-16 cars. The same vehicles driven by the racing legends made an epic show won by Ayrton Senna, then just 24 years old.
This car became the base of Mercedes-Benz` entrance in DTM and marked the absolute return of the three-point star to motorsports together with the Group C endurance racing. In 1989, the compact Benz sports sedan received a 2.5-liter engine which 16 valve architecture was good enough for 340 hp. The body was lightened in its competition trim due to interior removal and usage of Kevlar body panels for the hood, boot lid and spoiler. Later, the power output was boosted to 373 hp and this version became known as Evo II.
1993 was the last DTM season for Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II. Its stellar career is made of 52 victories, next to the last scored by Bernd Schneider in Hockenheimring. Schneider himself will become 5-time DTM champion driving the most successful DTM car ever – Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Now you can own this piece of motorsports glory turned into Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II DTM art created by Evan DeCiren and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.