Michael Schumacher and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGEnlarge Photo
A fortnight ago, we told you Michael Schumacher would soon be donning his racing suit again and hopping behind the wheel of his former Mercedes AMG Formula One car to tackle the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The stunt is being done as part of Mercedes’ celebration of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race, which takes place later this month.
Mercedes has now confirmed the stunt and revealed that Schumacher and his W02 F1 car will be going up against some of AMG’s latest models on the notorious German race track.
As part of a high-performance demonstration, four AMG models will go up against Schumacher and the W02. The vehicles will start at different times but should all cross the finish line simultaneously. F1 diehards may recall David Coulthard completing a similar stunt with a McLaren F1 race car at the Silverstone circuit.
The first vehicle to head off the line will be an A45 AMG driven by current F1 Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer. He will be followed by DTM driver Karl Wendlinger in the new E63 AMG S-Model, who in turn will be followed by current Mercedes AMG F1 driver Nico Rosberg in an SLS AMG Black Series. Behind them will be DTM champion Bernd Schneider in an SLS AMG GT3 race car, and then finally Schumacher in the W02.
It will certainly be interesting to see how long Schumacher can delay starting before catching up with the others. The stunt takes place in the lead up to the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours, which starts on May 19. Interestingly, Schumacher will be the first driver to cover the Nordschleife in a newish Silver Arrow since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954.
“Driving around the Nordschleife in a Formula One car will be an unforgettable experience both for me and for the motor racing fans,” Schumacher said in a statement. “The legendary Nordschleife, famous throughout the world, is the perfect place for this demo, and the Mercedes-Benz vehicles taking part are all fascinating, powerful cars, a unique parade for all the spectators and car enthusiasts gathered there as they hurtle past.”
Below is a quick rundown of the vehicles and their drivers:
A45 AMG (355 hp, 0-62 mph in 4.6secs), Driver: Bernd Mayländer
E63 AMG S-Model (577 hp, 0-62 mph 3.6secs), Driver: Karl Wendlinger
SLS AMG Black Series (631 hp, 0-62 mph 3.6secs), Driver: Nico Rosberg
SLS AMG GT3 (more than 500 hp), Driver: Bernd Schneider
MERCEDES AMG W02 (750 hp, 0-62 mph 2.7secs), Driver: Michael Schumacher