October 20, 2021

Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM Season Championship Winner Offered for Sale at a Cool $1.5 Million – autoevolution

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Driver Gary Paffett took the drivers’ championship for the second time since the 2005 season and he took the DTM champion again in October 2018 in the second race at the Hockenheimring with a third place.

That season, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also pulled in the 2018 team and manufacturers championships. In total, the 2018 season resulted in nine race wins – which included five double victories and a total of 28 podium finishes – for the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team.

The highlights of that season featured twelve of the fastest recorded race laps and a total of 14 pole positions.

Those numbers make Mercedes-AMG Motorsport the most successful team in DTM history, and since entering the DTM from the factory, the Stuttgart outfit has taken home eleven drivers championships, 195 victories and those 14 manufacturers’ titles.

But at the very height of the team’s success, Mercedes-AMG withdrew from the DTM at the end of 2018 to switch over to Formula E in 2019.

This supreme example underwent a number of changes for various “design reasons” and due to changes to the race series’ technical regulations.

Power comes from a 4.0-liter V8 which originally produced 483 hp  but was upgraded to produce 542 hp in this car’s racing spec.

The 2018 vehicles had to undergo changes that significantly reduced aerodynamics which reduced downforce by approximately one-third.

This example, number RS15-012 that was first used during the 2015 season, was piloted by Robert Wickens. The highlights of that season were a 2nd place finish at the Norisring and a victory at the Nürburgring.

This C63 DTM also led Wickens to the best Mercedes-AMG placement during the 2016 season, which included a fourth-place finish in the overall standings. That year Wickens finished several races on the podium, and those placements included a 2nd place in Hockenheim, a 3rd place at the Nürburg and the Norisring, and two victories in Valencia and Moscow.

But the driver change in 2018 to former Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein cemented the legacy of this true piece of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport history.

An extensive group of spare parts will also be included in the purchase price of $1.5 million USD (1,282,328 Euro).

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