Original parts and spare parts are certainly not the items that appeal most to the public, especially when it comes to motor racing. In fact, the vehicles used in races have always been the subject of experimentation and mining of very high performance components. However, if car manufacturers invest in the development of these vehicles, it is understandable that they must seek a return.
Thus, often in some national competitions, it is not uncommon for the liveries of the vehicles used to display brands linked to the construction or after-sales supply chain. In some cases we simply report the name of the service or product. On other occasions, attempts have been made to ensure greater appeal to the initiative: the example of Mercedes Original-Teile is part of this second range.
This branch of the Stuttgart company deals with the distribution and management of all components and spare parts for Mercedes Benz and also Smart vehicles. The network extends across the world.
Since the mid-90s this sponsorship has appeared in the DTM championship (the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) where the company is competing against historic rivals Opel, BMW and Alfa Romeo. The C-Klasse of Ellen Lohr of Team Zakspeed in 1995 abandons the classic Mercedes silver for a light blue color. However, in the front part a graphic effect simulates the tearing of the bodywork which leaves the photograph of the underlying mechanics in plain sight. The choice of blue is not random since the color and designs that appear on the bodywork exactly match those of the packages in which the spare parts are presented.
Becker Design is responsible for studying the color scheme, a graphic studio from the town of Nieder-Olm with several collaborations in the motorsport field at the time.
The livery is certainly impactful and, despite the team's less than epochal results, it becomes a true classic, revived several times over the following years. This graphics was studied by Becker Design, an agency specialized in the development of motorsport projects.
In 1998 it was the turn of the CLM-GTR, competing in the FIA GT Championship. The 2 cars of Team Persson Motorsport bring back the blue color scheme with the bodywork "torn" this time in the central rear part. In fact, the car has a central engine layout behind the driver and the idea is adapted to the different configuration. Curiosity: among the drivers there is also Bernd Mayländer, the current driver of the Safety Car of the Formula 1 World Championship.
In the period 2000-2004 Original-Teile returned to the DTM Championship, transformed into ITC in 1996 and then interrupted due to the dramatic increase in costs. The new CLK shares nothing with its distant cousin used in sports racing: the engine is in the front part and so the characterizing part of the livery returns to the front. However, the color scheme is reversed: the classic gray paintwork contrasts with the blue of the "uncovered" part.
This is also to comply with the new packaging graphics of all spare parts.
Alternating on Team Persson cars are Markus Winkelhock, Christian Albers, Peter Dumbreck, Thomas Jäger, Marcel Tiemann.
A few years' break and in the two-year period 2007-2008 the historic sponsor returned to the new model lined up to win the championship. The C-Class features a darker silver scheme with a simulated bonnet opening under which the mechanicals of the production model are proudly displayed. the blue disappears in favor of black. Also in this case, the elements identifying stylized spare parts appear transparently on the silver as on the new boxes.
We then have to wait for 2014 and the regulatory revolution to find Mercedes Benz Original-Teile on track again. The new AMG C Coupè now features an entirely black color except for the silver side skirts, rear bumper and part of the rear wheel arches. On the bonnet the "usual" torn sheet metal reveals the AMG v8.
After that parenthesis the livery shifts to a more low-profile color scheme, with simply the lettering identifying the car and then disappearing completely from the grid. Although it has not been present in the motoring scene for some time, the originality of the solution has created a certain following in the world of collecting and modeling. Even in the field of virtual racing, there is no shortage of examples of adaptations on modern or contemporary cars, which help to carry on the history of these colours.
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