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 Tēma: 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II back to the track
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Mercedes-Benz Classic brings original 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II back to the track


    They're back: Kurt Thiim and "his" DTM racing car from 1991

    A legend returns to the track: the original Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-
    16 Evolution II (EVO II) from the 1991 German Touring Car Championship
    (DTM) is making a return. Now as then, the driver is brand ambassador Kurt
    Thiim, who in 1991 won a DTM race on the Norisring in the very same EVO II.
    The touring racer had its second premiere on 23 July 2016 at the Touring Car
    Classics race as part of the "FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nürburgring" (22 to 24 July
    2016). Having acquired the vehicle in 2015 in its original condition from the
    1993 racing season, Mercedes-Benz Classic restored and prepared it for use
    in historical motor sport.

    Stuttgart. The Touring Car Classics are an authentic racing experience with vehicles
    from the era of the first DTM. In June, the new series of historical motor sport
    celebrated its premiere. Eligible are vehicle models that took part in the German
    Touring Car Championship (1984 to 1996) or in the Super Touring Car Cup (1994 to
    1999). The racing cars must conform to the technical regulations at the time. The
    organisers also set great store by historical authenticity when it comes to the
    appearance of the body.

    With the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II of the 201 model series, Mercedes-Benz Classic
    has produced a shining example of how to put these requirements superbly into
    practice: Kurt Thiim's original DTM vehicle from 1991 has been restored by the DTM
    experts from HWA and prepared for use in historical motor sport in conformance
    with the 1991 regulations. All the safety-relevant components have been completely

    The restorers had excellent "raw material" to work with, as the vehicle, which has
    been in the possession of the Stuttgart-based brand since 2015, was in the same
    original condition as at the end of the 1993 racing season. The EVO II was raced for
    just three years: in the 1991 DTM season, Kurt Thiim achieved one victory
    (Norisring) and two second places (Norisring and Singen). In 1992 and 1993, the
    car was then used by Olaf Manthey and Uli Richter in the VLN endurance
    championship. They posted ten overall victories, 15 pole positions and 13 fastest

    The driver from Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Touring Car Classics

    Kurt Thiim

    Born on 3 August 1958 in Vojens, Luxembourg

    The Dane Kurt Thiim began his motor sport career in 1974 with kart racing (Danish
    karting champion in 1985) and outings in Formula Ford 1600. His victories took him
    up the ladder as far as Formula 3, from where Thiim switched to touring car racing,
    winning the 1986 German Touring Car Championship in a Rover Vitesse. After that,
    he firmly established himself in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, going on to drive for AMGMercedes
    from the middle of the 1988 season. Up to 1991, he achieved good
    finishes and individual victories, first for AMG-Mercedes and then, from 1992, for
    Zakspeed-Mercedes (1992 vice champion). He later drove for the UPS team in an
    AMG-Mercedes. In 1991, Thiim also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a
    Sauber-Mercedes C 11, in a team with Stanley Dickens and Jonathan Palmer.
    However, the vehicle dropped out in the course of the race. He belonged to
    Mercedes-Benz's racing squad until 1997, after which he drove for various teams
    and in different championships.

    The vehicle from Mercedes-Benz at the Touring Car Classics
    Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II touring racer (W 201)

    In 1989, the standard-production Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 as an Evolution
    model gave rise to a new variant targeted at the German Touring Car
    Championship. To get down to the regulation weight of 1040 kilograms, almost the
    entire interior was taken out, with a safety cage being installed instead. The plastic
    material Kevlar was used for numerous body parts, such as the bonnet, boot lid and
    spoiler. The new model with the unwieldy name was called "EVO" for short and,
    from 1990, was also known as "EVO I" to distinguish it from its successor. In August
    1989, work began on the second stage of development, EVO II, in an in-house
    department called Mercedes-Benz sport technik (st). The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
    made its racing debut on 16 June 1990 on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The
    EVO II restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic in 2016 for historical motor sport is an
    original DTM vehicle from the 1991 season that was subsequently used for two
    years in long-distance races. Prior to its restoration by the DTM experts from HWA,
    the vehicle had completed a total of 13,702 documented kilometres on the race

    Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II touring
    racer, 1991

    Cylinders: 4/in-line
    Displacement: 2490 cc
    Output: 274 kW (373 hp) at 9500 rpm
    Top speed: around 300 km/h

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