Posted: 07/02/10 08:38 AM
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MERCEDES-BENZ IS SET TO STAR AT ANOTHER GLORIOUS GOODWOOD
Mercedes-Benz is ready for the sixteenth Goodwood Festival of Speed, and this year’s show will be bigger than ever with a range of brand new models, automotive legends and a look into the future.
This year Mercedes-Benz will have cars in the F1™ and Supercar Paddocks, the Moving Motorshow, the FOS-TECH Pavillion, on the Mercedes-Benz expo stand and of course on track.
It will be the first opportunity for the crowd to see the spectacular new SLS AMG in action as it powers up the hill. The SLS AMG has a 571 hp 6.3-litre V8 engine, and of course those iconic gullwing doors – and is guaranteed to draw crowds on the hill and in the Supercar Paddock.
On Saturday and Sunday the crowds get an exclusive world-first public look at the new generation CL-Class, fresh from its Friday night media World Premiere at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge.
And the latest in a long line of “Brooklands Specials” makes its show debut, in the stunning form of the C-Class DR 520, an exclusive model only available through the Specialist Products Division at Mercedes-Benz World. Packing 520 hp under its bonnet, the DR 520 features a range of high performance enhancements as well as matt black or matt white exterior finish.
This year’s Official F1äSafety Car, the SLS AMG, features on the Mercedes-Benz stand on a quick pit stop before its duty at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Mercedes-AMG also continues the tradition of loaning the previous year’s F1äSafety Car to the Festival of Speed, in this case the SL 63 AMG which was used throughout the 2009 season.
Formula One drivers past and present will grace the Mercedes-Benz stand with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss and Mercedes-GP PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg both making appearances. Mercedes-Benz is delighted that Sir Stirling Moss is well on the road to recovery after his accident earlier this year, and Sir Stirling will be taking a lucky passenger up the hill behind the wheel of the SLS AMG on Saturday morning.
Nico Rosberg will be signing autographs at the Mercedes-Benz stand at lunchtime on Saturday, 3 July and, team test driver Nick Heidfield will be on the stand on Sunday at lunchtime for his autograph session. The rest of the Mercedes-GP PETRONAS team will be in the F1 Paddock ensuring their car is perfectly prepared for its demonstration run up the hill.
Looking to the future the B-Class F-Cell is on display in the FOS-TECH Pavilion giving a real insight into the workings of fuel cell technology, while the new generation smart fortwo electric drive, which went on trial from the 29 June onwards, will be plugged in at the main Mercedes-Benz exhibition stand.
The iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class is set to return to UK roads in the Autumn and the range-topping G 55 AMG will be on the main Mercedes-Benz stand for all to see. The G-Class boasts a unique timeless look and distinctive design that really sets it apart from the crowd and like the DR 520 will be available exclusively through the Specialist Product Division at Mercedes-Benz World.
Making its European debut at the Festival of Speed will be the latest Maybach 62, another highlight from the Specialist Products Division. Unveiled at the Beijing Motorshow earlier this year the latest generation Maybach 62 is even more self-confident and effortlessly superior.
Another element of the Specialist Products Division will also be represented at the Festival by a 230 SL Pagoda. The division stocks and can source excellent examples of classic Mercedes-Benz models for customers. The 230 SL Pagoda on display is available to buy.
Mercedes-Benz World and the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy will also be present on the main stand. This year customers will be able to book their driving experiences on site. One great day out at Goodwood can now lead to another at Brooklands, whether it’s a session out on the track in an AMG or getting the kids behind the wheel of an A-Class for their first taste of driving.