This seems like the best way to experience a 190E Evo II without worrying about the financial repercussions of crashing it.
Along with the E30-generation BMW M3, the W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 is one of the icons of touring car racing from the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Today, the final Evolution II version of this high-performance Mercedes sedan commands six-figure prices, but the German company has its own example of the pricey model for use specifically at historic motorsport events. Visitors to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Classic Trackdays at Zolder and Oschersleben will be able to see the track-prepped four-door back on the circuit.
Mercedes constructed this 190E 2.5-16 Evo II as a copy of the Group A racing machines from the car’s heyday. Introduced in 1990, the company built just 502 of them. AMG performed the upgrades that gave these models even better performance than earlier variants. A short-stroke, big-bore 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumped out 232 horsepower (173 kilowatts) in the road-going model, which let the sedan reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 7.1 seconds. The racing version was good for 367 hp (274 kW).
The Evo II looked much meaner, too. Larger fender flares covered a set of six-spoke 17-inch wheels. A low front fascia and gargantuan fixed wing gave them a competition-ready look. The final two were silver, but all the rest came in a deep blue-black shade of paint.
Gallery: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II Auction
The Evo II was incredibly successful in the DTM. The victories culminated in the 1992 season when racers Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim, and Bernd Schneider drove them to a first-second-third place finish in the driver’s championship.
Former Mercedes-Benz DTM racer Jörg van Ommen organizes the Trackdays for Mercedes-Benz Classic. Taking part in the event at Zolder costs 650 euros, and the one at Oschersleben is 780 euros. Participants gets a day’s worth of circuit time, and there’s catering, including breakfast. A maximum of 45 vehicles can attend each one.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II Recreation
With Roland Asch and Jörg van Ommen Mercedes-Benz Classic Trackday in Zolder
The Circuit Zolder in Belgium provides the setting for Mercedes-Benz Classic's second Trackday this year, which will take place on Thursday 3 August 2017. The Trackdays are organised exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Classic by former racing driver Jörg van Ommen and allow participants to drive freely on the circuit in their own cars. Mercedes-Benz Classic will be taking its own 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) racing touring car, constructed specifically for use at historic motorsport events, to Zolder. Jörg van Ommen will be joined at the circuit by brand ambassador Roland Asch. The third and final Trackday of 2017, to be attended by numerous brand ambassadors and vehicles, will take place in Oschersleben on 19 September 2017.
Stuttgart. An opportunity to experience the fascination of the racing circuit up close - this is what owners of Mercedes-Benz classic cars and sports cars can expect from the Stuttgart brand's Trackdays. The "open pit lane" programme allows the vehicles to be driven freely on the circuit. At the Circuit Zolder on 3 August 2017, no noise restrictions will be imposed, either. There will, however, be a shortened schedule, with the track open for driving from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Numbers for the Trackday are limited, with a maximum of 45 vehicles admitted. Each driver can, however, bring up to four guests. The entry fee includes high-quality catering throughout the event, including breakfast.
Motor racing royalty will also be present: first of all Jörg van Ommen, runner-up in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM) of 1994 and 1995, and then also Roland Asch, DTM runner-up in both 1988 and 1993 in a Mercedes-Benz. The friendly atmosphere of the Trackday not only provides a forum for thrilling petrolhead discussions with these two motor racing idols, but is bound also to generate a few tips on sporty driving.
Mercedes-Benz Classic will be taking its own 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) racing touring car, built for use in historic motorsport events, to Zolder. The car has been constructed as an authentic copy of the Group A racing cars of the early 1990s. The 190 E 2.5-16 "EVO II" models of this era are among the most famous and successful racing touring cars in the whole history of the DTM.
Booking and organisation of the Trackdays is being handled directly by Jörg van Ommen Autosport. Further information is available on the website http://jvo.de/mercedes-benz-classic-2017.html.