Earlier this week, we shared the shocking and sad news that Mercedes will be pulling out of DTM at the end of the 2018 season to go and join the electric revolution over at Formula E.
It’s a move that could end DTM as we know it. Both Audi and BMW’s big wigs are scratching their heads as to what to do next and there’s a possibility they could pull the ripcord too. Which is annoying, as DTM cars are some of the coolest tin-tops to ever go racing.
Merc first joined the modern DTM’s predecessor, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, in 1988, and secured its first title with Klaus Ludwig in 1992.
It took further titles with Ludwig in 1994 and Bernd Schneider in 1995 before DTM closed its door at the end of 1996 due to spiralling costs, but resumed winning ways in 2000 when DTM v2 was launched.
Schneider secured four further titles in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006, while Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta and more recently Sauber Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein have taken a title apiece for the Silver Arrows.
It’s not the silverware we’re interested in, but the cars – as they are, frankly, superb. So scroll down through Merc’s tin-top timeline below and let us know what your favourite era of DTM was at the end. And don’t forget to shed a tear for a loss of a great marque in a great championship. Wahhh.