About the Car
The Sauber C9 was introduced in 1987 as a Group C prototype as a partnership between Sauber, the constructor and Mercedes-Benz, the engine builder for the World Sportscar Championship. The car was designed by Peter Sauber, Heini Mader and Leo Ress. The engine was a Mercedes Benz M119, 5.0L, V8 producing 720hp with a 5-speed manual transmission. In 1987 the cars were run by Kouros Racing. Then in 1988, the sponsorship was not renewed; renamed the Sauber Mercedes team and sponsored by AEG-Olympia. At the 24 Hours of the Le Mans in 1988 they suffered a setback when they were forced to withdraw due to a blow out at high speed. They then came back in 1989 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
AEG is a German electrical equipment producer founded in 1883.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the oldest active endurance racing event. It is held annually near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport with the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix as the other two legs.
Sauber Motorsports AG, founded in 1970 by Peter Sauber, is a Swiss motorsport engineering company. He began building sports cars in the 1970’s and in the 1980’s became the official factory team for Mercedes-Benz.
About the Brand
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany Mercedes-Benz is a German automotive manufacturer. First produced in 1926, they manufacture luxury and commercial vehicles. In 2018 Mercedes sold over 2.31 million passenger cars, the largest seller of premium vehicles. Karl Benz, one of the founders of Mercedes, created the first internal combustion engine for a car.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.