The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR as racing car
The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR was constructed in the winter of 1996/97 and was designed to compete in the FIA GT World Championship. To meet the requirements of the FIA (called homologation), Mercedes-Benz was obliged to produce 25 CLK GTR street-legal serial models. The production was performed in the AMG factory of Mercedes. Two of the biggest racers of Germany were involved: Klaus Ludwig and Bernd Schneider.
Thanks to an exemption, the CLK GTR could participate in the Championship before the 25 serial models were even finalized. Subsequently, the race car won the FIA GT Championship and dominated nearly all races in 1998. Overall, the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR won the FIA GT Championship twice. Due to lack of competition, the GT1 Championship was shut down after 1998 in favor of the related categories GT2 and GT3.