About the car
The Sauber Mercedes C9 is a racing car produced in 1987. It was a partnership between Sauber as a constructor and Mercedes as the engine builder. The car had a soap bar-shaped, Silver Arrow body. The car featured the Mercedes Benz M119 engine, longitudinally mounted. The car reached a speed of 400 km/h (248 mph).
In 1989, Mercedes was considering a foray into Formula 1. It picked a trio of young drivers who had filled the top three in that year’s German Formula Three championship. They were champion Karl Wendlinger and runners-up Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Michael Schumacher. The three became the top drivers for the Mercedes Junior Team.
In the 1990 season, the Sauber Mercedes Junior Team entered the Mercedes C9s for test drives at Le Castellet & Jerez. The junior test took place in 1990, with Michael finishing 5th overall and bagging a seat for the 1991 Le Mans race.
The driver team of Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, all subsequently made the jump to Formula 1, the top class of racing.
About the Brand
Mercedes-Benz is a German automotive brand and subsidiary – as Mercedes-Benz AG – of Daimler AG. It was founded in by Karl Benz in 1886. Mercedes Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz produces luxury vehicles and commercial vehicles.
Sauber Motorsport AG is a Swiss motorsport engineering company. It was founded in 1970 by Peter Sauber.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps is a die-cast car producer founded in Aachen Germany. It was established by Paul G Lang in 1990. It was originally known as Paul’s Model Art GmbH. Minichamps offers a variety of high-quality replica covering Formula One, road cars, endurance racers, rally cars, and even motorbikes.