More than 160 vehicles will start as part of the ADAC 24h Classic event. The 190 E 2.5 Evolution II from Mercedes-Benz Classic is in direct competition with other EVO IIs in the Group A vehicles of the years 1989 to 1991. The starter field of the event comprises vehicles of the mid-1960s and newer. The race starts at 4:20 pm on Friday, 27 May, following the qualifying on Thursday, 26 May. The ADAC 24h Classic race is run on the legendary Nordschleife and on the Grand Prix track. It is the second race of the season of the Youngtimer Trophy and of the FHR racing series.
Youngtimer motor racing as a journey through time
The Youngtimer Trophy is an extraordinary journey through time to the recent past of circuit motor racing. The racing series is characterised by a high degree of authenticity. Mercedes-Benz Classic set standards in this regard with the construction of the second works racing car of the Stuttgart-based brand for historic motor racing: Like all competing vehicles, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II works racing car complies with Appendix J of the International Sporting Code of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and the homologation requirements of the particular era.
The Mercedes-Benz EVO II works racing car as a high-performance vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz W 201 compact class continues a brilliant and multifaceted history in its race starts of the present day. The inaugural race of the new Nürburgring in May 1984 featured 20 vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 model with Ayrton Senna emerging as the eventual victor. In 1988, Mercedes-Benz entered the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) with a motor racing touring car developed on this basis.
The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution had its début in 1989, followed finally 26 years ago in the 1990 season by the successful EVO II with an output of 274 kW (373 hp). It competed in the DTM for the first time at the Nürburgring in June 1990. In 1992, Klaus Ludwig won the DTM championship driving an EVO II, with his team-mates Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider finishing as the runner-ups. Ludwig also won the DTM race on the legendary track in the Eifel in 1992.
Source: Mercedes-Benz Classic