Where better to conduct a duel between automobile opponents than on a racetrack? Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW is one of a number of classic pairings in the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft (DTM). The championship is a favourite with spectators and regularly rekindles old rivalries between fans. Two of the dominant cars in the DTM were the evolution models of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 and/or 2.5-16 and the BMW M3. “For lots of motor sports enthusiasts, these are the superheroes only rarely seen today. At the Bremen Classic Motorshow 2020, from Friday, 31 January to Sunday, 2 February, the race cars will face off against each other once again,” says Frank Ruge, Project Manager at Messe Bremen.
Currently, 17 of the 150 members of the Klut-Blech-Szene club are busy building an appropriate arena for this meeting of rivals. The group has fitted out a temporary workshop in a former car dealership in Emsland. “We’re putting together a supersize Carrera track for the two racing cars, which will cover almost 100 square metres in Hall 4”, says Bernd Ramler. The club’s Vice Chairman was responsible until the mid-1990s for drive development in the racing segment, first at Mercedes-Benz, then at AMG. “While the series engines came with 230 hp, the racing cars in the 1992/93 season packed a punch of 370 hp. Depending on the track and rear axle, speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour were possible – both for Mercedes-Benz and for BMW”, says the engineer.