More than 100’000 people are expected to look after the 12. In may 1984 about the teasing: No one in the audience who came to the opening of the renewed GT-track at the Nürburgring (D), takes note of the 24-year-old Brazilian. Even in the paddock, Ayrton Senna (1960-1994) is only the Babyface under legends: While he is driving formula 1. But in the case of Toleman, so no chance. Here, too, in the Eifel region of the future three-time F1 world champion is only stop-gaps.
Exciting for the spectators of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16, the sports variant of the “Baby-Benz”. A car to drive to the star after decades in the sports headlines. To the range opening, Mercedes has organised the Race of the Champions In identical cars racer of rank and name and Senna compete. The introduction of the “Baby Benz” 190 two years earlier, was an aesthetic test for Mercedes Fans. And now this: A car with a star, the bears, what the Swabian tuners were forbidden to screw the star on the car: Spoiler, Spoiler, Spoiler.
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put in Retrospect, it is the day of the Senna and the 190 legends. As a C-class-the forefather of the 190 opens the brand to the bottom, with a wedge shape design trend that brings the Space-link rear suspension competitors such as the BMW into a tight spot and dares with the 2.3-16 racing. And Senna takes it to him with four-valve technology and 185 HP against very Large: Mercedes had called and almost all the F1 world champion coming to the Race of the Champions: Niki Lauda (1949-2019), Keke Rosberg (today, 70), Alan Jones (72), James Hunt (1947-1993), Jody Scheckter (69), Carlos Reutemann (77), Jacques Laffite (75), Alain Prost (64), but also Cracks of the 1960s such as Phil Hill (1927-2008), Jack Brabham (1926-2014), John Surtees (1934-2017), Dennis Hulme (1936-1992) – and as the guest of honor, for health reasons, however, without space in the Cockpit even Juan Manuel Fangio (1911-1995). Loud legends against a Rookie.
Senna versus Lauda
On the street, the 190 E 2.3-16 comes to 235 cases. With Senna, everything goes a bit faster: Already in the Qualifying he is driving like wild, and parked at the end on 3rd place, only beaten by Prost and Reutemann. A murmur goes through the racing world. Then, in the races, from sprints Senna straight to the top, and spool virtuoso round and round. Suddenly, Niki Lauda in the rear-view mirror makes wide: The then 35-year-old Austrian started from the very back, and like a man possessed through the field plowed – because to not let a nine years younger Nobody like Senna in the barriers references, that’s even Niki Laudas thing.
A hard fight ensues. Time Senna leads, time leads, Lauda. A courageous last Overtaking and Senna rides on the top of the podium!
In the case of Mercedes, the cheers at the boundaries: The PR keeps-Department a well-known champion like Lauda would have been better. In retrospect, it’s a different matter from: Senna’s victory is sensational, and the car also. Especially since the 20 identical 190 E 2.3-16 to a Roll-cage, a shorter Translation, sports exhaust and fats braking as standard, i.e. including headlight wipers, electric seat adjustment, and radio cassette. Today, there are probably more alleged “Race of the Champions”-190 than it was then. Because with all the enthusiasm for running Swabians are Thrifty: Mercedes has equipped almost all of Renner, and sold them.
According to various fakes are on the go. Only two pieces have clearly survived assignable in Rennoriginal and to today, amazingly normal: The 190 E 2.3-16 of Senna and of that of Lauda, who tried to stop the steep rise of the Brazilian at the time.