50 dedicated years of anything happens to be a sign of pure love and compassion which leads you to do the same thing every day of your life. Mercedes-AMG now happens to celebrate 50 years of their delivering performance cars to the world.
It all started when two men, Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher founded a company back in 1967 that now happens to be responsible for one of the most exotic performance cars on the planet which are flaunted with the world famous three-pointed star Logo!
What is AMG
The letters “AMG” stand for Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach (Aufrecht’s birth town).
Name of the legend was heard for the first time when the seemingly untouchable Mercedes cars were tailed by the AMG’s 428 Hp sedan which was placed overall second position in the 24 hour race on Spa Francorchamps in 1971. That is when the world came to hear about the three letters ‘AMG’ in the motorable universe for the first time.
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Career
After this incidence, there was no stopping for the Affalterbach company. It has had all the glory and milestones one can imagine in its career. The company happens to be renowned for motorsports as well as for road performing cars worldwide! Apart from the flaunting, AMG happens to be the grandest and decorated teams according to DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft). It happens to have a record of victories and drivers. To be precise, 177 racing victories, 10 astounding drivers, 13 teams and 6 constructors titles, that is a hell lot of stuff!
Mercedes AMG Collaboration
The commercial collaboration of Mercedes-AMG started back in 1990 and it came out first with its C 63 AMG. The collab successfully sold 5000 units of these in around four years. Although today it doesn’t seem to be an achievement, the vehicle brought success to the manufacturers. Later in 1999 Mercedes took over 51% of AMG stocks and ensured tying with the Affalterbach specialist to the mother company. Thereafter in 2005 Daimler took up the 49% of company’s shares. Ensuring that Mercedes enthusiasts will be getting a sportier version of their favorite vehicles.
Never Ending Achievements
On the other side of the coin, AMG continued motorsport stories with a V8 powered CLK-GTR winning all the 11 races. It was the inaugural season of the FIA-GT series in 1998. Continuing their glory and dominance in DMT, AMG branched out to Formula One as well and with no doubt proved their metal on the tracks. There was no stopping to them! Three Driver’s and Constructors’ titles double in 2014 as well as in 2015 and 2016.
The Sole AMG CAR
Meanwhile, 2009 was the year when the first of its manufacturer the AMG car was launched. One of the sensational exotic vehicles of all times, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The vehicle flaunted its gullwing doors, its patrician stance, and the massive infinite hood. The vehicle can be seen flaunting in some movies as well. One of which was the Transformers 3, which featured the 2011 SLS AMG. Thereafter in 2014 came its successor the Mercedes AMG-GT. This took the in-house produced sports cars at affalterbach from one to two!
Not Anyone’s Story
Apart from the glory, the fame, the cheer and the success, the thing to be appreciated is how it started. This all was fueled by the vision of two men. Men who had passion, who had the grit and determination, who were ready to take down Mercedes by working in just a shed. It all comes down to your passion, your dreams and from what you’re made of. 50 years happens to be one hell of a ride! Thus for this one, big cheers to the AMG legends, Hans-Werner Aufrecht!