Little known fact: the first race ever held on the Nurburgring
's Grand Prix circuit was in 1984, when 20 Formula 1 drivers duked it out in identical Mercedes-Benz
2.3-16 models. And you know who won? An unknown young Brazilian driver named Ayrton Senna. The compact 190E was conceived in the late Seventies to meet Jimmy Carter's proposed fuel economy standards. But Mercedes also wanted to use it to win the World Rally Championship. And so the 190E 2.3-16 was born.