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IWC Schaffhausen Arosa ClassicCar

The IWC Racing Team made its official Swiss debut at the 14th Arosa ClassicCar.

Former Formula One driver Karl Wendlinger drove the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” on the winding 7.3 kilometre hill-climb route from Langwies to Arosa, finishing in seventh place.

IWC Schaffhausen has had a strong connection to motor racing for many years. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has maintained a partnership with Mercedes-AMG since 2004 and supports a number of different historic motorsport events. IWC Schaffhausen introduced its motorsport team at the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting in southern England in March. The IWC Racing Team has now competed in its first race, starting the 14th Arosa ClassicCar in the Competition (Standard & Formula) category. 

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Karl Wendlinger and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL « Gullwing » © IWC

Thousands of motorsport fans in Arosa

The Arosa ClassicCar has attracted fans of historic motorsport from across the world since the first edition in 2005. Around 25,000 spectators watch the races along the twisting hill-climb route, which covers a distance of 7.3 kilometres and 422 vertical metres, between Langwies and Arosa. It is also the only course in Switzerland that has a 1.2 kilometre downhill stretch. The track is nicknamed “the little Monaco of the Alps” by the event organizers, as around two kilometres of crash barriers and protective mesh are put in place every year for the Arosa ClassicCar.

Karl Wendlinger behind the wheel of the "Gullwing" car

The first Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” rolled off the production line in 1955 – the same year that IWC launched the Ingenieur. In 1999, motoring journalists named the 300 SL the Sports Car of the Century. The iconic vehicle is instantly recognizable thanks to its gull- wing doors, which resemble the wings of a seagull. Such a unique vehicle, with 215 HP and a top speed of 250 km/h, deserves to be driven by a true professional. IWC asked therefore Karl Wendlinger to participate in this race. The Austrian was part of the Sauber-Mercedes team that won the 1991 World Sports Car Championship and, in the years that followed, was a star in the newly formed Sauber F1 team. Wendlinger is an ambassador for Mercedes-AMG, a long-standing successful partnership of IWC.

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