The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class DTM AMG was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.
Its development began in June 2010 at HWA headquarters in Affalterbach, near Stuttgart, Germany. The car is the first DTM car from Mercedes-Benz that was developed and built around an improved safety concept and in collaboration with the ITR, DMSB and DTM manufacturers. The car comprises a roll cage made of high-strength steel and a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque. Furthermore, the driver gains additional protection to the front, rear and sides, due to the six energy-absorbing crash structures.
Michael Schumacher stated at the press conference in Frankfurt, that the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz DTM car looked fantastic and its innovative safety cell and more advanced carbon fibre structures, were more impressive than the car's visual appearance. He was looking forward to seeing the new C-Class Coupe in action and winning lots of races. Nico Rosberg added that he was very excited to take part in unveiling the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for the 2012 DTM season as it looked really cool and he particularly liked the chrome finish. Gary Paffett, who took the track at the age of nine, also commented that he was very pleased with the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe after he got a feel for the handling and performance around the Lausitzring, also admitting that there was a lot of development work lying ahead before the 2012 season opener at Hockenheim. More mechanical grip is given by the new Hankook tyres which appear to be wider and featuring taller sidewalls.
Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, further stated that the new vehicle announced the introduction of an even more spectacular racing car from the beginning of 2012 and he was convinced that the spectators would get their money's worth from the three-way fight between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the DTM.
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