Round-up of Mercedes at Goodwood FOS 2017
Mercedes-AMG, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was represented by the new E 63 S 4MATIC Saloon; the 585 hp GT R, which made its debut at Goodwood last year; GT C Roadster; and the iconic SLS Black Series. For the second run of the day they were joined by the CLK 63 Black Series from 2007, the 2012 C 63 Black Series, plus the legendary 300 CE ‘Hammer’ from 1987.
Showcasing Mercedes-Benz’s motorsport heritage were the W 25 and W 125 ‘Silver Arrows’, plus the 1927 Type S driven by DTM legend Bernd Schneider. Two C-Class DTM cars from 1994 and 2005 also wowed the crowds as they made their way up the Hill.
The Mercedes-Benz stand showed: the history of AMG, with the 300 SEL – nicknamed the ‘Red Pig’; the present, in the shape of the new GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 Coupé (making its UK debut); and the future, in the sleek shape of the GT Concept.
Saturday promises even more excitement for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas set to take to the hill in the F1 W05 Hybrid Formula One car.
Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas wowed the crowds at today’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking to the famous hillclimb in the 2014 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W05 Hybrid. The Finnish driver also greeted crowds of fans on the Mercedes-Benz stand.
Saturday’s visitors got to see some of the most powerful and iconic cars from Mercedes-AMG’s 50-year history in action, from historic Black Series models to the latest new E 63 S 4MATIC+ Saloon; and GT C Roadster.
Meanwhile on the Mercedes-Benz stand, the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT Concept made its first UK appearance alongside the new GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 Coupé. The E 63 S Saloon and GT R were also on display for the crowds to admire. The historic 300 SEL, known as the ‘Red Pig’, which won the 24 hour race at Spa in 1971 was also on display.
Some of Mercedes-Benz’s history was represented by the famous W 25 and W 125 ‘Silver Arrows, the Type S – driven by DTM legend Bernd Schneider – and the Simplex from 1903.
Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg, drove his 2014 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W05 Hybrid up Goodwood Hill in front of a packed crowd on Sunday. Nico also visited the Mercedes-Benz stand for a short interview in front of a throng of excited fans, before heading back to the Hill for his final drive of the day.
For the final time, a selection of modern and historic AMGs impressed crowds at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The E 63 S 4MATIC+ Saloon and GT C Roadster represented the current Mercedes-AMG range, while the C 63 Black Series; CLK 63 Black Series; and SLS Black Series perfectly wrapped up AMG’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the Festival.
The iconic W 25 and W 125 ‘Silver Arrows’ – the latter driven by Jochen Mass; the 1903 Simplex; and 1927 Type S (driven by DTM legend Bernd Schneider) made their final run up the Hill at the end of the day, concluding this year’s Festival of Speed for Mercedes-Benz.
Hayley has been an automotive writer for six years, and is the editor of a popular UK motoring blog. She specialises in Mercedes-Benz and dreams of one day owning a Mercedes AMG A45.