AMGmarket.com: Upcoming AMG Driving Academy Info

Mercedes-AMG and Skip Barber Racing School are both pumping out the PR for the upcoming AMG Driving Academy events.

Here’s the latest info we received at AMG Market:

The AMG Driving Academy is taking place on two of the most legendary U.S. tracks, Road Atlanta (GA) and Laguna Seca Raceway (CA). Participants will experience AMG’s true performance capabilities with the help of trained race instructors and some of the finest hand-crafted performance vehicles made by Mercedes-Benz.

GET READY for an experience that you will never forget… GET SET for some of the best training at two of the world’s best circuits… Accelerate your heartbeat!

ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 14-15, 2010
AMG Driving Academy Mercedes-AMG

ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 15-16, 2010

BASIC TRAINING – $1,795
Intense, one-day track program focused on performance driving. Learn the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and car control maneuvers. (*Formerly Stage 1) Read more about AMGmarket.com: Upcoming AMG Driving Academy Info

Mercedes-Benz Raffles

LAST UPDATED: MAY 2010

Oh lord, won’t you win me, a Mercedes-Benz.

AMG Market provides the following raffle info to Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. We are not involved with the raffles or benefit from the proceeds – we just list the Mercedes-Benz raffles and links for our readers. This is a running list with the most recent raffles at the top of the list:

National Humane Society Charity MERCEDES-BENZ Raffle

June 18, 2010

Win a New ‘2011’ Mercedes Benz CLS 5502008 Mercedes-Benz CLS Raffle | details at AMG Market (OR $50,000.00)
Buy 3 Tickets Get 3 Free! Tickets for the Mercedes-Benz raffle are $100.00 each. Call 877-816-7176 for more info or visit the National Humane Society Charity website here.
Drawing to be held on June 18, 2010.

Past Mercedes-Benz Raffles (check the website links for the organizations below for current raffles)

December 9, 2009
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 (cash equivalent)
Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA)
ENTRY DEADLINE: November 27, 2009 with the drawing on December 9, 2009. You must be a member of MBCA to purchase tickets and to win prizes at the time of drawing. Visit the club’s website for details on additional prizes, which include a MBCA sponsored trip to Germany Tour (cash equivalent). Winners will be posted here on December 9th and will be in the MBCA Club magazine, The Star.

April 19, 2008
Win a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300
Mississippi Opera’s Raffle – Fundraiser Offers Excellent Odds

THIS IS NOT A LEASE! Mississippi Opera kicks off its annual fundraiser by again raffling the ownership of a brand new Mercedes-Benz! For the third consecutive season, we will put a lucky someone in the driver’s seat of a brand new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Sedan, courtesy of Higginbotham Mercedes-Benz of Jackson. Read more about Mercedes-Benz Raffles

Mercedes-Benz 2010 New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz debuts the SLS AMG GT3 at the New York International Auto Show (April 2-11, 2010, Jacob Javits Center).Excerpts of a March 31, 2010 press release from Mercedes-Benz follows.

SLS AMG GT3 Makes U.S. Debut

Automobile fascination paired with spectacular race car design – that is the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The racing version of the 2011 SLS AMG has been conceived as a customer sport vehicle for participation in race series based on FIA GT3 regulations. Meticulous lightweight construction and optimized chassis, brakes and aerodynamics deliver uncompromising dynamics. The extra special SLS AMG will make its race track debut in 2011.

Thoroughbred motorsport technology for the race track

Automobile fascination paired with spectacular race car design – that is the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The racing version of the SLS AMG has been conceived as a customer sport vehicle for participation in race series based on FIA GT3 regulations. Meticulous lightweight construction and optimized chassis, brakes and aerodynamics deliver uncompromising dynamics. The extra special SLS AMG will make its race track debut in 2011.

The clean design and breathtaking form of the SLS AMG have been effectively accentuated by targeted modifications to the bodyshell. The new components, made largely from lightweight carbon fiber offer a clear indication of extraordinary race track performance and extensive aerodynamic development work. Read more about Mercedes-Benz 2010 New York Auto Show

AMGmarket.com: 2010 AMG Driving Academy Dates

The AMG Driving Academy “Pro Level” is available this year at Road Atlanta (June 28-30, 2010). And, they added the SLS AMG to the list.

FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM MBUSA, MONTVALE, NJ:

Following its inaugural year in the U.S., Mercedes-AMG is presenting a new season for driving enthusiasts who want to sharpen their advanced driving skills at the AMG Driving Academy. Among the list of enhancements is the addition of a Pro Level for 2010. Under the guidance of top professional instructors, the AMG Driving Academy offers the opportunity to personally experience the excitement of motorsports and the track capabilities of Mercedes-AMG vehicles including the all new 563 hp SLS AMG, capable of 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

Originally founded by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany in 2007, the AMG Driving Academy launched in the U.S. in 2009. More than six-hundred driving enthusiasts participated in the advanced driver program last year, and participants now have the opportunity to attend an advanced three-day Pro Level program at one of the top circuits in the U.S., Road Atlanta. Program participants have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several AMG models including the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and SLS AMG. Read more about AMGmarket.com: 2010 AMG Driving Academy Dates

AMG Power 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo

AMG V8 Biturbo Highlights

The most important highlights of the new AMG V8 biturbo engine and the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission

  • Direct petrol injection with piezo-electric injectors and spray-guided
    combustion
  • Twin turbochargers with air/water intercooling
  • Sophisticated engine electronics with Controlled Efficiency start/stop function and generator management
  • Aluminum crankcase with ventilation holes to reduce friction
  • Continuous camshaft adjustment on the intake and exhaust sides
  • Demand-controlled engine oil pump
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with a wet start-up clutch and three driving modes

Powerful and efficient: an eight-cylinder developing up to 420 kW (571 hp): Aim: Best in class – top performance in all respects by virtue of a comprehensively efficient powertrain

AMG V8 biturbo engine photos:

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AMG Mercedes Press Release

Affalterbach – AMG is writing another chapter in its “AMG Performance 2015” drive system strategy: a completely newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a Read more about AMG Power 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo

Mercedes-Benz Approved Engine Oils

By far the best place to find Mercedes-Benz maintenance and service information is in the operator’s manual that came with your car. If you don’t have the manual, note that Mercedes-Benz USA recommends using factory-approved service products explicitly approved for your vehicle model. Below you’ll find recommendations published by the manufacturer for engine oils that we gathered for you.

Be aware that all engine oils vary in quality.  The most common ratings are provided by:

  • ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Européens d’Automobiles)
  • ILSAC – International Lubrication Standardization and Approval Committee, and
  • API (American Petroleum Institute).

For Vehicles Without Flexible Service System (FSS or FSS PLUS) – U.S. vehicles Model Year 1997 and earlier:

Side Note: The “Flexible Service System (FSS) – Mercedes-Benz (1998 and newer) use a Flexible schedule for maintenance called Flexible Service System (FSS). The system is designed to offer a flexible service schedule which is directly based on driving habits. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer if you need further explanation.

Again, Mercedes-Benz recommends the use of approved engine oils only. They are listed in the Mercedes-Benz oil specification “sheet 229.3 or 229.5” which also meet ACEA and/or API classifications listed on the chart below. If a specific Mercedes-Benz-approved or recommended ACEA engine oil is not available, then an API engine oil meeting the recommended API  classification can be used. Read more about Mercedes-Benz Approved Engine Oils

Mercedes-Benz 2010 Silver Arrows Formula One Team Hires Michael Schumacher

It has been confirmed that seven-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will make his racing return in 2010 with the Silver Arrows team. The full press release and a video interview with Schumacher is below:

Formula One 2010 Mercedes-Benz Michael SchumackerAMG Market News/Press Release from Stuttgart/Brackley – The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team can confirm that seven-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will make his racing return in 2010 with the Silver Arrows team. With seven Drivers’ World Championships, 248 Grand Prix starts, 91 victories, 154 podium finishes and 68 pole positions, the 40-year old German needs no introduction following an illustrious and record-breaking Formula One career from 1991 to 2006 at the Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari teams. Michael’s return to racing with MERCEDES GP PETRONAS sees his return to Mercedes-Benz Motorsport where he began his racing apprenticeship as part of the Junior Programme in 1990, racing in Group C sports cars and DTM, and sees Michael renew his partnership with Ross Brawn with whom he won all seven of his World Championships. The announcement confirms the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS driver line-up for the 2010 season with Michael partnering his compatriot, 24 year old Nico Rosberg, in the Silver Arrows cars. Read more about Mercedes-Benz 2010 Silver Arrows Formula One Team Hires Michael Schumacher

AMG Market: SLS AMG In the Cockpit – Video

A close-up of the interior of the SLS AMG with commentary about the AMG designers’ intention of the aircraft “cockpit” feel.

From Mercedes-Benz TV:

The SLS AMG makes the driver feel like a jet pilot without leaving the ground. The interior of the gullwing sports car is designed to ressemble a cockpit-like atmosphere. Interior designer Hans-Peter Wunderlich reveals the design philosophy that has shaped this gullwing model.

Video on next page –  Read more about AMG Market: SLS AMG In the Cockpit – Video

Mercedes-Benz 1980 450 SEL Charity Auction

Charlotte Kiehle of the New York State Dept. of Tax and Finance Child Support Enforcement contacted us about a charity auction this Saturday, Dec. 5. She requested help in promoting the charity and here’s the info she provided (please pass it on, it is for a good cause – thanks). NYS DEPT OF TAX & […]