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Mercedes releases retro DTM racing game

by Ben Hsu

The game marks 30 years of DTM racing.

Mercedes has announced that after 30 years it will leave Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters at the end of 2018, and it's saying auf wiedersehen with a retro video game and contest.

Mercedes has been an anchor constructor for DTM for three decades, and in the process created legendary race cars such as the 190E 2.5 16 Evo II and the CLK DTM, along with their corresponding street-legal homologation specials.

To mark 30 years of racing, the company has released an online video game called, simply, Retro Game. Its graphics recall the 8-bit games of the original Nintendo era such as Rad Racer.

The object of the game is to drive what appears to be a Mercedes CLK DTM race car, trying to achieve the highest score within the allotted time. Collecting Mercedes-Benz logos will earn points and give your car a speed boost. Hit the other cars, which appear to be Audis, and they will slow you down as you lose points.

Every day you play the game, your email address is registered in a raffle. Five winners will be chosen at random in September. The winners will get to attend the final DTM race at Hockenheim and compete against each other in the game. The ultimate champion will win a meet and greet with an unnamed racing legend and get a ride in a Mercedes-AMG C64 DTM racing taxi.

After the 2018 season, Mercedes will withdraw from DTM to focus on Formula E.