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  Sauber Mercedes C8

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Country of origin:Switzerland
Produced from:1985 - 1987
Successor:Sauber Mercedes C9
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAfter running Ford and BMW engined Group C prototypes, Sauber first installed a Mercedes-Benz engine in the C8 introduced in 1985. Although it was not a high profile campaign yet, this effectively meant the return to road racing for Mercedes-Benz after a 30 year withdrawal. Performance in its first years was quite promising, but as with all new engines, the V8's reliability record was not spotless. Highlight of the C8's career was a victory in the 1986 Nürburgring 1000 km race.

The cooperation between the Swiss constructor Peter Sauber and Mercedes-Benz would grow out to be a very fruitful one. Five years after their first car, the Sauber-Mercedes joint-venture recorded a victory at Le Mans. Many young drivers were given a chance to drive the Group C racers in the team's Junior-Team in the early 1990s, most notable of these is multiple Formula 1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher.

Featured is the 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans contender, livered in the characteristic dark blue Kouros colours. It showed promising pace in the first hours, but unfortunately it did not make it to the finish. The Kouros C8 is pictured hanging on the wall of the German Sinsheim Museum.

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