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Formula One / Mercedes-AMG GT R Official FIA F1 Safety Car with a new look
« Last post by fasteddy on Yesterday at 10:51:57 AM »
Affalterbach. It’s a familiar sight for fans of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship: when there’s been an accident on track or the weather conditions are bad, a Mercedes-AMG safely leads the field of F1 cars around the track. It’s been this way for 25 years. And for 20 years, Bernd Mayländer has been at the steering wheel of the Official FIA F1 Safety Car. Even the color scheme of the car with its silver paint and black décor has stayed the same. But for the 2020 season, things will change: the AMG GT R (combined fuel consumption 12.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 284-282 g/km)[1] with 430 kW (585 hp) will hit the race track in a new look starting July 2nd, 2020. The car will prominently support the Formula 1 campaign “WeRaceAsOne” by featuring its rainbow key visual on the flanks and on the bonnet of the car. The eye-catching design symbolizes the sports commitment for diversity and inclusion.

When Formula 1 returns to racing this weekend in Austria, it will use this opportunity to thank people all over the world for their strength and resilience in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. The sport will also show its unity in the fight against racism and its commitment to do more to address inequality in Formula 1.

As a sign of this commitment, rainbow visuals and the hashtag #WeRaceAsOne will feature on all Formula 1 cars and around the race track. The rainbow was chosen as it has become a symbol that is used internationally to bring communities together.

In addition to the “WeRaceAsOne” campaign, the call to “Drive Safely” will be visible on the bonnet the Official FIA F1 Safety Car, addressing fans at home who are watching the race on TV or via live stream and reminding them to always drive in a careful and considerate way. Bernd Mayländer’s ‘company car’ also uses the hashtag #PurposeDriven to promote the FIA’s (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) commitment to safety, sustainability, gender equality and diversity, and points out the FIA Action for Road Safety with mentions on the roof and tailgate of the car.

From a technical perspective, however, the Official FIA F1 Safety Car remains unchanged: the front-mid engine concept with transaxle gearbox, the powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the intricately designed chassis, the sophisticated active aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction form the basis for a particularly dynamic driving experience. Optional features include the AMG Track Package with roll-over protection system and the ceramic high-performance composite brake system. The AMG GT R is perfectly qualified for this tough job at the pinnacle of motorsport. The FIA requirements for the Official FIA F1 Safety Car are high. It must be able to maintain a high minimum speed so that the tires and brakes of the Formula 1 cars do not lose too much temperature and the engines do not overheat. With a top speed of 318 km/h and 3.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h, this is an easy task for the AMG GT R.

In addition to the Safety Car, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate (combined fuel consumption 10.0-9.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 229-214 g/km) [1]  is ready for emergencies as the Official FIA F1 Medical Car of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. It will also sport the new design.

[1] The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the NEDC CO2 figures according to Article 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures
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Formula One / a commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in our sport
« Last post by fasteddy on June 30, 2020, 08:48:02 AM »
When Formula One returns to racing this weekend in Austria, it will do so in a world that has changed profoundly since the teams last gathered in Melbourne in early March. Our sport’s united response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, in the form of Project Pitlane, showcased the very best capability that Formula One has to offer.

However, in the past five weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination. As a team, we have used the past weeks to listen to the perspectives of our team members, to learn and to reflect on our team as it is today and how we want it to be in the future.

We are proud of our culture and our values. We prize the contribution of every individual, and our team members tell us that the experience within our team is an inclusive one. But in our organisation, just three per cent of our workforce identify as belonging to minority ethnic groups and only 12% of our employees are women. This lack of diversity shows that we need to find new approaches to attract talent from many areas of society we do not currently reach. We know that our team will be stronger if we can attract talents from the broadest possible pool and we are committed to achieving this through positive action.

For 2020, we have chosen to race in an all-black base livery as a public pledge to improve the diversity of our team – and a clear statement that we stand against racism and all forms of discrimination. The call to ‘End Racism’ will feature on the halo of both cars, and the united F1 initiative #WeRaceAsOne will be featured on the mirrors of the W11.

Before the end of this season, we will announce a Diversity and Inclusion programme that will include but not be limited to: continuing to listen to and raise the awareness of our team members; forensic analysis of our recruitment and development processes; collaboration with the sport’s key stakeholders to improve accessibility to our sport; and targeted education initiatives to encourage and support talented people from under-represented backgrounds who aspire to reach F1. We know that it will take time to build the right strategy, and consistent effort and investment year on year, and decade on decade, to make a measurable difference; our commitment to doing this is irreversible.

Markus Schaefer, Member of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Responsible for Group Research and Non-Executive Chairman of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said: “In recent weeks, events around the world have reinforced the importance of continuing to fight against racism and all forms of discrimination. At Mercedes, we know that the strength of our organisation lies in the diversity of our people, and we are proud to be able to use one of our most prominent global platforms to signal our commitment to this fundamental principle of our society and our business.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team commented: “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent. We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport. We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action. We intend to find and attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds, and to create credible pathways for them to reach our sport, in order to build a stronger and more diverse team in the future. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank our parent company Mercedes-Benz and our family of team partners who have supported and encouraged this initiative.”

At the heart of our commitment to fighting racism and discrimination are our drivers, and most prominently six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Lewis recently announced the formation of the Hamilton Commission, a research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used to engage more young people from Black backgrounds with STEM subjects and ultimately employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors. Lewis and Valtteri will race in black overalls for the 2020 season, with both drivers also adapting their helmet designs.

Lewis Hamilton said: “It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity. I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change. When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united. I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes Board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business. We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”

Valtteri Bottas concluded: “Formula One is a world that is defined by performance, but it still contains many barriers for people who come from backgrounds that haven’t traditionally been part of the sport. We know that our teams are stronger when they are more representative of the society we are part of, and it is important for us to be united and show our commitment to change. Racism and discrimination have no place in our sport or in our society and I am proud to stand with the team, with Lewis and with Mercedes-Benz in making this important statement.”
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In order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic Mercedes-Benz is focusing on mouth and nose masks produced in-house and in June it put into operation a fully automatic production line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. This sees the company securing the requirements of the passenger car and components plants which have already been starting up again since mid-April. Within a few weeks Mercedes-Benz has completed the entire process chain for in-house production – from planning and material procurement to commissioning of the production plant and distribution of the mouth and nose protection. Both the facility and the required raw materials come from Germany. The production facility for the mouth and nose masks at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen by PIA Automation Holding GmbH puts together the fleece, nose clips and ear bands in a fully automatic production process in a few seconds, which makes it possible to achieve a daily output quantity of more than 100,000 masks. By the end of the year the company is expecting a production volume of more than seven million masks. Alongside provision for the employees, Mercedes-Benz also wants to meet its social responsibility and support external institutions, assuming country-specific approvals and requirements. The mouth and nose masks currently conform to DIN EN 14683 and serve to counteract the spread of pathogens from the nose and throat of the wearer.

Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management: "As part of the coordinated restart of the Mercedes-Benz plants, the protection of the health of our employees has been absolutely paramount. With the mouth and nose masks made in Sindelfingen we are continuing to secure a supply for our team and we are contributing towards stemming the spread of COVID-19. We are proud that we are also able to make an important contribution outside our company. Because one thing is clear: stemming the COVID-19 pandemic is a task for the whole of society. We are tackling it with maximum flexibility and commitment together with our team."

Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen: "Thanks to the careful conduct of our colleagues, who are keeping strictly to the safety measures, we have the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic at the site under control. As our production operates we maintain extensive protective and hygiene measures, including adherence to distancing rules, additional hygiene breaks and using protective masks. I am delighted that we are also able to ensure that our employees are equipped with mouth and nose masks by our in-house production ‘made in Sindelfingen’."

As well as the use of disposable mouth and nose masks, Mercedes-Benz is also focusing on the widespread use of washable multi-use variants in order to protect its employees. The company has also been able to rely in the past weeks on the internal expertise of the seamstresses and sewers at the Mercedes-Benz designo Manufaktur and its trainees in Sindelfingen, who normally produce exclusive tailor-made and individual interior component parts for the global production of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. More about this here. 

The health and safety of its employees is Daimler's highest priority. To protect employees, the company has taken precautions to prevent infection and has agreed a comprehensive package of measures with the General Works Council. These include hygiene and cleaning standards, as well as regulations on behaviour at the workplace.
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Klaus Rehkugler (52) will take over as Head of Sales & Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans on 01 August 2020 and will report directly to the Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Marcus Breitschwerdt. At present Rehkugler is Head of Sales Operations and Marketing for the Region Europe at Mercedes-Benz Cars. He will take over from Klaus Maier (58), who will leave the company at the end of June at his own request.

"We are pleased to be gaining Klaus Rehkugler, an internationally very experienced sales colleague, for Mercedes-Benz Vans," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. "I am very much looking forward to working with him. Thanks to his comprehensive experience in sales, with responsible stations in product management and fleet customer business operations, as head of a retail branch and in the marketing and sales management in important international markets, I am sure that he will quickly create impetus within the Vans division."

Rehkugler studied European Business Studies in Reutlingen and joined afterwards the former Mercedes-Benz AG via the International Trainee Program in 1994. Following several positions with specialist and leading responsibilities at Mercedes-Benz Cars in fleet and used car sales, and as a product manager for Mercedes-Benz compact cars, Rehkugler took over as the Head of Market Planning and Order Management at smart GmbH. From 2005 to 2011 he held several managerial positions in marketing and as Head of the Toronto-Retail-Group of Mercedes-Benz Canada. From the autumn of 2011 Rehkugler was responsible for product management of the S-, E- and C-Class and their derivatives as well as for MB Guard before he took on his present job in October 2014 as the Head of Sales Operations and Marketing for the Region Europe at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Breitschwerdt said further: "Klaus Rehkugler is a salesman who has learned his trade from scratch and who reacts quickly and flexibly in the face of new challenges. In doing so, he is definitely a team-player who together with his team will understand the requirements of his customers and always play to win."

After more than 30 years in many specialist and managerial positions within the Daimler Group, Klaus Maier (58), Head of Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Vans, is leaving the company at his own request. Maier took over his present position in 2013. "On behalf of Mercedes-Benz Vans I would like to thank Klaus Maier for a working relationship based on mutual trust, his great dedication and the sales records that were set annually. His merits continue and form an excellent basis for the further development of the Van business into a dynamic future," Breitschwerdt continued. "I wish Klaus all the best for his professional and personal future."
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E-Class / Extensive update for Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate
« Last post by fasteddy on June 19, 2020, 08:53:40 AM »
Since the legendary "Hammer" of 1986, the E-Class with its superior engine has been one of the central models which form the brand core of Mercedes-AMG. In the latest generation, the sporty vehicle dynamics of the performance models from Affalterbach are combined with considerably more comfort and supplemented by an extensive design update: the central cooling air inlet in the completely restyled front section is significantly larger then before and now also bears the AMG-specific radiator grille with twelve vertical louvres and central star which is also larger. Together with the flatter all-LED multibeam headlamps, the model's characteristic wheel arches flared further outwards and the rounded-fit bonnet with powerdomes, a completely new, considerably more dynamic appearance is created. The reshaped front apron in a jet-wing design with three large, functional air intakes and front splitter influences the overall vehicle proportions and also significantly reduces lift at the front axle. The interior is also thoroughly enhanced: the Widescreen Cockpit, the new AMG Performance steering wheel and the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays underscore its membership of the AMG family.

The new look of the E 63 4MATIC+ models, which catches the eye at first glance, (fuel consumption 11.9-11.6 l/100 km, CO2 emissions 273-265 g/km)[1] is also down to technical reasons to a large extent. In order to ensure optimum air throughput around the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine including charge air cooling, the outer air intakes in the jet-wing are not only particularly large; they also guide the air to where it is required in a targeted manner with the aid of two transverse louvres.

"Thanks to our efficient V8 engine and the fully variable all-wheel drive, the E 63 4MATIC+ offers not only outstanding performance and vehicle dynamics at the highest level, but with the latest revision of the Saloon and Estate we have also significantly increased comfort and yet still retained the hallmark AMG character. In conjunction with the extensive design update, which also helps the E-Class from Affalterbach achieve improved aerodynamics values, our customers are now receiving an even more attractive overall package", says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Designers and aerodynamics experts worked closely together during development. Their insights not only resulted in the striking AMG bodystyling but also in the optimised aerobalance – for agile handling characteristics on country roads and optimum driving stability at high speed on the motorway. The aerodynamics experts were also able to reduce the wind resistance even further.

A further striking visual feature is a harmoniously fitting flap in high-gloss black which extends across the entire front apron, continues into the outer edge of the jet-wing and rounds this off outwards to the sides. The front splitter is either kept in the colour of the vehicle (base model), in Silver Shadow (S-Model), in high-gloss black (with optional AMG Night Package) or in carbon fibre (with the optional AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package I). More powerful-looking and 27 millimetres wider, the wheel arches accommodate the greater track width and the larger wheels on the front axle – also a functional advantage.

New rear end design conveys more elegance and lightness

Two new, flatter tail lights now with two sections immediately catch the eye on the tail end of the Saloon. They now extend into the boot lid, where they are visually linked with a trim strip in high-gloss chrome on the top. On the Estate this trim strip extends even further up to the end of the outer rear lamps. Their shape is unchanged, but has been given a new interior design in the look of the Saloon. The spoiler lip on the boot lid of the Saloon is painted in the colour of the vehicle or kept in carbon fibre with the optional AMG Carbon-Fibre Package Exterior II.

The reshaped rear apron emphasises the broad effect on the Saloon and Estate and also has a positive effect on aerodynamics. The lower part is in high-gloss black and is elegantly structured with a trim strip in Silver Shadow running over the entire width of the car and takes up the contour of the reshaped twin-tailpipe trim elements. As an option this trim strip is available in high-gloss black with the optional AMG Night Package or in carbon fibre (AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package I). The rounded 90 mm trapezoidal twin tailpipes are chrome-plated on the base model and on the
S-Model they have a new design in titanium matt with fluting on the exterior and interior. The rear section is rounded off by the high-gloss black diffuser, also restyled, with two longitudinal fins.

Aerodynamically optimised wheels and individual Design Packages

Aerodynamically optimised and painted in a choice of either matt black or high-gloss black or in high-gloss tantalum grey, the new 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels add fresh highlights. As standard the S-Model is shod in new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, also aerodynamically optimised and with a wider aero rim edge, painted in a choice of matt black or high-gloss tantalum grey. As new body colours, graphite grey metallic, high-tech silver metallic and also brilliant blue magno are available for selection. The latter was previously reserved for the AMG GT family.

Further individual focuses can be set with the optional AMG Night Package. The exterior mirror housings, window frames, trim insert in the longitudinal members plus trim elements in the front and rear apron are kept in high-gloss black here. There are also tailpipe trim elements in black chrome. The AMG-specific radiator grille is also available in a darkened design. Exclusively available for the 63-series models, the AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package I comprises a front splitter, trim insert in the longitudinal member and the trim element in the rear apron in carbon fibre. The AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre Package II adds individual highlights with mirror caps and a spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon) in carbon fibre.

Fine interior with sporty note and high comfort on long journeys

The interior combines a fine ambience and high-quality materials with the characteristic AMG performance. The AMG seats are upholstered in nappa leather, combine secure lateral support with high comfort on long journeys and have an AMG-specific seat upholstery layout with an "AMG" badge in the front seat backrests. Other leather variants are optionally available. AMG Performance seats with integrated head restraints and even better lateral support can also be ordered on request. The product managers have further refined the interior of the S version, including a nappa leather trim for the dashboard and beltlines as well as seat belts in crystal grey. Nappa leather in black/titanium grey pearl with yellow contrasting topstitching is in the range as a new AMG-specific upholstery. Individually adjustable ambient lighting also comes as standard.

A further highlight is the MBUX infotainment system with a touchscreen and touchpad, the intelligent voice control plus AMG-specific displays and settings. The two displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia displays blend visually beneath a shared glass cover to form the Widescreen Cockpit. In the base model the monitors measure 10.25 inches diagonally, on the S-Model 12.25-inch screens are on board as standard. For the instrument cluster's display, the customer can switch between the three AMG display styles of "Modern Classic", "Sport" and "Supersport". The "Supersport" mode is particularly striking with a central, round rev counter and horizontal displays presented in perspective to the left and right of the rev counter and creating a spatial impression of depth. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special AMG displays such as Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-Up, G-Meter and RACETIMER. With individual AMG displays such as visualisation of the drive programs or telemetry data, the touchscreen multimedia display likewise underscores the dynamic configuration.

On first-name terms: "Hey Mercedes" with additional functions

And needless to say, the trailblazing voice control activated with the words "Hey Mercedes" is also part of the standard specification. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognises and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly. In many countries MBUX now addresses the customer with the familiar form of "you" rather than more formally. It is hoped that this will help reinforce the emotional tie between the customer and MBUX as a personal assistant. As a further new feature it is possible to have the weather forecast for certain regions read out – in virtually all languages.

New AMG Performance steering wheel in twin-spoke design

With a distinctive twin-spoke design and seamlessly integrated buttons the new AMG Performance steering wheel creates an even closer link between human and machine. The three rounded twin spokes combine stability with lightness, and the steering wheel rim is a hallmark motorsport feature. The cover is selectable in leather, in DINAMICA microfibre or as a combination of leather and DINAMICA microfibre, on request with steering wheel heating. In the steering wheel rim there is also a sensor mat to detect "hands-on". If the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver continues to be inactive.

Seamlessly integrated buttons

The new buttons seamlessly integrated into the surfaces of the horizontal twin spokes have a very elegant look. Haptic sensing aids in the area of the symbols make control easier. The instrument cluster is operated via the left-hand sensor surface on the upper steering wheel spokes, the media display via the right-hand sensor surface. The lower spokes contain the controls for the cruise control/DISTRONIC (left) and telephone/hands-free system/volume control (right). The AMG steering wheel buttons (standard in the S-Model, optional for base variant) for actuating the drive programs and further, individually definable functions include even more brilliant displays with new icons and are now both round.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission can be operated by hand via the aluminium shift paddles arranged on the left and right behind the steering wheel rim. For even more precise shift commands the paddles are now slightly bigger and positioned further down.

The centre console includes an AMG-specific control unit with additional switches that are used to regulate the drive programs, the media volume, the 3-stage ESP®, the manual transmission mode, the Adaptive Damping System, the optional AMG Performance exhaust system, the ECO start/stop function and the reversing camera. Alongside the AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, door sill panels and black floor mats with "AMG" lettering accentuate the sporty look. A wide range of high-quality interior trim elements is available for further individualisation of the interior. AMG trim elements in carbon fibre lend a particularly sporty touch to the interior.

AMG 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine with twin-scroll turbochargers

The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in the E 63 S 4MATIC+ (combined fuel consumption 11.9-11.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 273-267 g/km) continues to achieve 450 kW (612 hp) and a maximum torque of 850 Nm. It is available across a wide engine speed range from 2500 to 4500 rpm, thus conveying the feeling of effortless superiority with every accelerator pedal position. The E 63 4MATIC+ base model (combined fuel consumption 11.8-11.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 270-265 g/km) has an output of 420 kW (571 hp) and 750 Nm torque. The S version of the Saloon completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and in 3.5 seconds as the base variant. The values for the Estate are 3.5 seconds (S version) and 3.6 seconds (base variant), respectively.

In order to ensure optimum output and response from the AMG 4.0-litre V8 engine, the two exhaust gas turbochargers feature twin-scroll technology. They reduce the exhaust gas back-pressure and optimise the gas cycle. Thanks to the standard cylinder shutoff and further measures the performance models are highly efficient. When the driver has selected the "Comfort" drive program, the cylinder deactivation system is available in a wide engine speed range from 1000 to 3250 rpm. A special display in the instrument cluster indicates whether the cylinder deactivation system is in use and whether the engine is presently operating in four or eight-cylinder mode. The transition between these two operating states is immediate, fast and torque-neutral, so the occupants do not have to relinquish any comfort.

The S version is the only car in its competitive segment that is fitted with dynamic engine mounts. They solve the conflicting goals of achieving as soft a connection as possible to the powertrain for high comfort and as rigid a connection as possible for optimum driving dynamics. The dynamic mounts are quickly and variably able to adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions and requirements. These measures enhance the vehicle's precision when driven dynamically, while the soft setting increases comfort tangibly.

Short shift times, high efficiency: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission is specially tuned to the requirements of the performance models. The autonomous software enables extremely short shift times and fast multiple downshifts while the double-clutching function makes for an emotive gearshifting experience. A wet multi-plate start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. It saves weight and optimises response, especially when accelerating or coming off the power.

The highlights of the transmission include:

    adaptation of the shift characteristics to the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program
    in manual mode "M" the transmission responds directly to manual shift commands by the driver – the powertrain responds precisely and executes the commands almost instantly
    the temporary M mode allows an immediate change to manual mode "M" – merely by using the shift paddles
    automatic double-declutching function when downshifting: this effect is automatically active in the drive programs "Sport", "Sport+" and "RACE" (standard in the S variant)
    the ECO start/stop function is automatically active in the "Comfort" drive program
    the "Gliding" function can be activated in "Individual" mode


Specially developed suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics with enhanced comfort

The agility and the highly dynamic lateral acceleration of the new models are also thanks to the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension and adaptive adjustable damping ADS+ (Adaptive Damping System) which ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision. With the current model enhancement the comfort characteristics of the suspension have been tangibly increased thanks to retuning and revised elastokinematics.

A four-link front axle design uses forged aluminium components with wishbones, strut rod and spring link. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable high lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer – also a comfort feature. The rear axle is also autonomous and has been specially adjusted. The suspension thus ensures hallmark Mercedes E-Class comfort, combined with the high levels of precision and driving dynamics of AMG.

Thanks to a special spring and damper set-up and the Adaptive Damping System, the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road roar and tyre vibration characteristics. The stiffness of the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by activating or deactivating individual air chambers, making for perceptibly enhanced comfort and handling. There are three degrees of spring tuning, depending on the selected drive program and current driving status. The spring rate is hardened automatically in the event of sudden load changes, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or heavy braking, which effectively reduces roll and pitching while stabilising the performance model.

The Adaptive Damping System can be set in three stages – "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+" – to choose between relaxed comfort on long journeys and maximum sportiness. The rebound and compression levels are adjusted independently of each other, and the freely programmable maps permit a wide spread between minimum and maximum damper force. The difference between the comfortable and sporty suspension settings is made more refined and is clearly perceptible.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive with Drift Mode

All E 63 variants are equipped with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive as standard. This intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction on any surface. The driver can rely on a high level of handling safety. An electromechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle. The best possible torque distribution is calculated continuously. The performance model can thus be driven in a continuously variable way from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to purely rear-wheel drive. In addition to traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel-drive system also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.

It is still possible to drift thanks to fully variable torque distribution. The Drift Mode integrated into the S-Models as standard is ideal for this. This can be activated in the "RACE" drive program using the shift paddles, provided that ESP® is deactivated and the transmission is in manual mode. When Drift Mode is activated, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ becomes a purely rear-wheel drive vehicle. Drift Mode remains engaged until the driver deactivates it again.

Rear-axle locking differential: optimum traction

For improved traction and driving dynamics, the performance models are equipped with an electronically regulated rear-axle locking differential. This reduces the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without any control intervention in the braking system. The driver is able to accelerate out of bends earlier and more powerfully. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, the locking differential improves traction when moving off. The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle locking differential is the even more sensitive and proactive control, which pushes the thresholds higher and makes it easier to drive at the vehicle's limits. The three-stage ESP® with "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" settings works in precise unison with the rear-axle locking differential and the all-wheel drive, and is optimally tuned to the outstanding dynamics.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio and impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, while the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. The steering assistance is assigned to the various stages of the AMG DYNAMICS system. Comfortable steering tuning is set in "Basic". In "Advanced" and "Master/Pro", the driver receives incrementally more feedback about the driving status thanks to sportier steering tuning.

Good control and fade-resistant: the AMG high-performance brake system

The large-sized high-performance compound brake system is reliable, quick and fade-resistant, even under high loads. There are internally ventilated and perforated compound brake discs measuring 360 x 36 mm with six-piston fixed callipers at the front, and measuring 360 x 26 mm with single-piston floating brake callipers on the rear axle. The S version is fitted with even larger compound brake discs on the front axle measuring 390 x 36 mm. In addition, there is an AMG Carbon Ceramic brake system available as an option, with brake discs measuring 402 x 39 mm on the front axle and 360 x 32 mm on the rear axle.

For a personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT and AMG DYNAMICS

With the up to six DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs of "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+", "Individual" and "RACE" (as standard in the S version) , the characteristics of the new models can be influenced at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. The modes modify key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of switching directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected specifically as needed.

AMG DYNAMICS vehicle dynamics control is integrated into the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. In the "Basic", "Advanced", "Pro" and "Master" levels, it influences the control strategies of the ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) or the all-wheel drive for example. The intelligent pilot control anticipates the desired vehicle behaviour based on the driver's actions and the sensor data. The spectrum ranges from extremely stable to highly dynamic. Via the AMG steering wheel buttons the AMG DYNAMICS functions can also be individually selected.

Parameters relevant to driving, such as the response of the engine and suspension, the control strategy of the all-wheel drive system and the control thresholds of the ESP® are intelligently adapted according to the drive program. The spectrum ranges from extremely safety-oriented to highly dynamic. The "Master" mode stored in the RACE drive program ensures optimum agility and brings out the high driving dynamics potential to optimum effect - for example through higher yaw rates and a faster response from the accelerator pedal, gearshift system, electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential or brake force distribution of the all-wheel drive system.

The new AMG Dynamic Plus Package is optionally available for the base version. It includes the drive program RACE including Drift Mode, the high-performance compound brake system of the S-Model with red-painted brake callipers and the AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre and with AMG steering wheel buttons.
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The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are putting their cooperation on development of next-generation technology for automated driving temporarily on hold. Following extensive review, the two companies have arrived at a mutual and amicable agreement to concentrate on their existing development paths – which may also include working with current or new partners. Both explicitly wished to emphasise that cooperation may be resumed at a later date and that the two organisations’ underlying approach to matters such as safety and customer benefits in the field of automated driving remains highly compatible.

The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are both working separately on current generations for highly-automated driving and have achieved major progress in this field in the past. However, the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG were unable to hold detailed expert discussions and talk to suppliers about technology roadmaps until the contract was signed last year. In these talks – and after extensive review – both sides concluded that, in view of the expense involved in creating a shared technology platform, as well as current business and economic conditions, the timing is not right for successful implementation of the cooperation.

"We have systematically further developed our technology and scalable platform with partners like Intel, Mobileye, FCA and Ansys," said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development. "Our current technology generation offers very strong, sustainable potential: With extremely powerful sensors and computing power, our robust modular system puts us in an excellent position to offer our customers what they need for many years."

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG; responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO: "Our expertise complements that of the BMW Group very well, as our successful collaborations have proved. Next to decarbonisation, digitalization is a central strategic pillar for Mercedes-Benz. To prepare for the future challenges of a rapidly changing environment, we are currently also sounding out other possibilities with partners outside the automotive sector."

Both companies also underlined that they would continue working in close cooperation in the remaining fields as planned. In 2015, the two companies joined with Audi AG to acquire the location and technology platform HERE, which now has a very broad and international shareholder structure. In early 2019, the BMW Group and Daimler AG also pooled their mobility services in a joint venture under the umbrella of the NOW family.
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Motorsports / Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing is picking up speed again
« Last post by fasteddy on June 18, 2020, 04:40:45 PM »
Races being cancelled or postponed all over the world hardly left any room for reliable planning of Mercedes-AMG’s GT racing programme so far. However, with the first round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) coming up on 27th June and further newly scheduled race events, the first steps have been determined: for the remainder of the season, the focus for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing is on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the venue that is closely connected with the DNA of the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach, both in terms of historic racing achievements and because of numerous test and validation sessions. The schedule includes the currently planned eight NLS rounds as well as the highlight, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Another important element is the GT World Challenge Europe with the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. In the ADAC GT Masters, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing also has high-quality motor racing professionals in its line-up.

“Everybody loves what has been tested at the Nürburgring,” is a famous saying in Germany that is still valid today: be it production cars or the latest generation of GT machinery from Affalterbach, they all have their development programme in the German Eifel region and are regularly subject to intensive testing at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Not in the least since the historic quadruple victory in the 24-hour race in 2016, the legendary race track in the Eifel has been closely connected to Mercedes-AMG’s competition history. In the remainder of the 2020 season, the ‘Green Hell’ will again become the most important track on the compact Customer Racing calendar. For the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and the 24-hour race, two Customer Racing teams with extended support from Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing have been planned: firstly, GetSpeed Performance with its drivers Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Götz, Raffaele Marciello and Fabian Schiller and secondly, HRT (HAUPT RACING TEAM) with a total of three Mercedes-AMG GT3s. The team, newly founded by Hubert Haupt, who has enjoyed major success as a driver with Mercedes-AMG in recent years himself, has Sean Paul Breslin on board as a team principal with a vast experience in GT3 racing. After ten successful years, BLACK FALCON is pulling out of professional GT3 racing at the Nordschleife and in the SRO series and will be focussing on worldwide customer sport activities in the future, among others with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4.

HRT will, as currently planned, be running a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the strong driver quartet of Adam Christodoulou, Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and Luca Stolz for the NLS season. Drivers of the other two GT3 race cars will be Nico Bastian, Yelmer Buurman and team owner Hubert Haupt as well as Patrick Assenheimer, Dominik Baumann, Dirk Müller and Maro Engel, the latter being a double starter. Due to date clashes with other race series, changes to the line-up can be made at short notice according to the situation. However, it is a fact that exactly these driver combinations are eager to present themselves as serious contenders for victory in the scheduled season highlight that is the Nürburgring 24-hour race (24th-27th September).

For the NLS season opener on 27th June, the majority of the racing professionals had the chance to intensely occupy themselves with the track in the Eifel by participating in the virtual races of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series. In the process, drivers with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the maiden win for Mercedes-AMG in the fifth round of the DNLS: after three hours of racing, Philip Ellis and Jack Sedgwick claimed the overall victory for MANN-FILTER Team HTP-WINWARD. In the standings of the virtual race series, the teams with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 are currently in second (MANN-FILTER Team HTP-WINWARD) and third (Team Heusinkveld) position and are eager to make it to the top in the four remaining races.

Like in previous years, the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps is likely to be the second major highlight in the real-world racing programme. In the Belgian classic, at least two Mercedes-AMG GT3s will be receiving extended support from Affalterbach, just like in the GT World Challenge Europe rounds. The drivers who will be competing for points on behalf of the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT are Vincent Abril, Maro Engel and Luca Stolz. The Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP with the trio of Timur Boguslavskiy, Felipe Fraga and Raffaele Marciello not only intends to defend the Sprint Cup teams’ title, but also have a shot at the overall GT World Challenge Europe crown. The French team plans to run three Mercedes-AMG GT3s each in the Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

In the ADAC GT Masters, Mercedes-AMG customer teams are planning to be racing with Mercedes-AMG GT3s with strong line-ups, relying, among others, on professional racing drivers Maximilian Götz and Raffaele Marciello (HTP WINWARD Motorsport) as well as Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (Toksport WRT). The plan is for the ‘super sports car league’ to get its season underway at the Lausitzring from 31st July-2nd August. At least five Mercedes-AMG GT3s from HTP WINWARD Motorsport, Toksport WRT and Zakspeed will be on the grid.

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “We are really delighted and we thank the organisers for bringing motorsport back on the race track thanks to corresponding hygiene concepts and in co-operation with the authorities. During our planned activities, we will do everything to ensure that these restrictions will be adhered to and implemented in the best possible way. Health and safety of our employees, customers and everyone involved has the highest priority. Even though the majority of the races will be held without media representatives and fans on-site, it is an important step back to normality. At the end of June, there will be the long awaited first round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. For the year of our tenth anniversary, we will shift the focus of our programme with extended support for teams and drivers to the Nordschleife. Here, eight NLS rounds and the highlight that is the 24-hour race have been planned. Moreover, we intend to make our extended support available for the 24 Hours of Spa with the GT World Challenge Europe. We are delighted to get going again together with our teams and drivers! I am particularly happy that Hubert Haupt is now getting even closer to the AMG Motorsport family with his new team HRT. At the same time, I would like to thank the BLACK FALCON team for the long-standing and very successful partnership as a Performance Team.”

Maro Engel, Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador: “I can hardly wait for the action to start again soon, especially as I have an absolute top programme ahead of me this season. Like every year, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring together with the NLS rounds is an undisputed highlight. So are the 24 Hours of Spa together with the GT World Challenge Europe where we will be in full attack mode again after just having missed out on the championship last year. And after the two test runs in the ADAC GT Masters last year, I have now been given the opportunity to embark on a full-season campaign with Toksport WRT. That is fantastic. Here, I would also like to thank the organisers for making it possible to still hold the races in the second half of the year thanks to their concepts and efforts while having managed to avoid clashes in the two European top series GTWCE and ADAC GT Masters at the same time. Huge thanks also to Mercedes-AMG and the Customer Racing Teams for allowing me this great programme while remaining loyal to each other in these times. Ties in the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport family have become even closer in this challenging situation. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone involved at the race track and finally getting back behind the wheel!”
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The future of Mercedes-AMG is turning electric and as part of this combines high efficiency with additional driving dynamics. To implement this combination to optimum effect, the developers in Affalterbach are working intensively on innovative technologies which will take performance to a new level. The next vehicle generation will see the deployment of the electric exhaust gas turbocharger.

Mercedes-AMG is pressing ahead with electrification through innovative developments and as part of this is also benefiting from motorsport know-how. The latest achievement which is already in the final stages of development is the electric exhaust gas turbocharger, which in future will be used for the first time in a series production model from Affalterbach. Developed in partnership with Garrett Motion, this technology comes straight from Formula 1 and resolves the conflicting goals between a small, fast-reacting turbocharger which achieves relatively low peak performance and a large turbocharger with a high peak performance but which on the other hand can suffer from turbo lag.

Exhaust gas turbocharger with integrated electric motor: agility redefined

The highlight of this innovative turbocharging system is a slim electric motor, measuring about 4 centimetres, which is integrated directly on the charger shaft between the turbine wheel on the exhaust side and the compressor wheel on the fresh air side. This electronically controlled electric motor drives the compressor wheel before this accepts the exhaust gas flow. The electrification of the turbocharger significantly improves immediate response from idle speed and across the entire engine speed range. The so-called turbo lag – the delayed response of a conventional turbocharger – is eliminated by the electric motor. The result is that the combustion engine responds even more spontaneously to accelerator pedal input, and the entire driving feel is significantly more dynamic and agile. In addition, electrification of the turbocharger enables higher torque at low engine speeds, which also enhances agility and optimises acceleration capability from a standstill. Even when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator or applies the brakes, the technology of the electric turbocharger is able to maintain the boost pressure at all times, so that a continuous direct response is guaranteed.

The turbocharger achieves speeds of up to 170,000 rpm, which enables a very high rate of air flow. It can be operated via a 48-volt on-board electrical system. The turbocharger, electric motor and power electronics are connected to the combustion engine's cooling circuit to create an optimum temperature environment at all times.

"We have clearly defined our goals for an electrified future. In order to reach them, we are relying on discrete and highly innovative components as well as assemblies. With this move we are strategically supplementing our modular technology and tailoring it to our performance requirements. In a first step this includes the electrified turbocharger - an example of the transfer of Formula 1 technology to the road, something with which we will take turbocharged combustion engines to a previously unattainable level of agility", explains Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
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Formula One / Management changes at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains
« Last post by fasteddy on June 16, 2020, 08:34:52 AM »
Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) today announced a revised senior management structure from 1 July 2020 following the decision of Andy Cowell to leave his position as Managing Director.

Since informing the company in January 2020 of his intention to depart, Andy has worked together with Markus Schäfer and Toto Wolff to define the future management structure for HPP. This will see his responsibilities as Managing Director redistributed among the senior leadership team, with internal appointments to these key positions ensuring a smooth transition.

This leadership team will be comprised of: Hywel Thomas, who will be appointed Managing Director with direct responsibility for the F1 Power Unit; Adam Allsopp, Project One Powertrain Director and reporting directly to Markus Schäfer on Project One; Operations Director Richard Stevens; and Finance and IT Director, Ronald Ballhaus. In addition, Formula E Powertrain Chief Engineer Pierre Godof will continue to lead development for the all-electric racing series.

This new structure will enable the company to deliver three key projects to the highest possible standards in the coming years: the F1 Power Unit, the Formula E powertrain and the powertrain development and production of the Mercedes-AMG One.

Andy Cowell will continue to work alongside Hywel Thomas to support the transition and will consult to Mercedes-Benz AG on a major future project until at least early 2021.

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research, Mercedes-Benz Cars Chief Operating Officer and Non-Executive Chairman of Mercedes-AMG HPP, commented: “Our new senior leadership team at HPP knows the business inside out – and I am confident they will drive the company forward with energy and innovation over the coming years. From F1, to Formula E, to Project One, they are responsible for some of our most exciting and challenging R&D projects on our journey towards carbon free mobility and raising our digital competence to a next level – and I know that each of these areas will thrive under their leadership. I also wish to say a special word of thanks to Andy for his contribution to Mercedes over the past sixteen years. His legacy at Mercedes is not measured simply in race wins and world championships, it is also in the competitive spirit and engineering ambition that characterise the team at HPP. Andy will support a major future project of Mercedes-Benz AG and we wish him well for the next stage of his career.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team continued: “Andy’s leadership of the team at HPP has been a key factor in our championship success in recent seasons. He has made an outstanding contribution to our motorsport legacy and I have valued and enjoyed our working relationship since 2013; I am sure he will enjoy great success in the next challenge he decides to take on. Our philosophy has always been that a winning team is a dynamic organisation, and that change is a natural part of every company’s development. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to work together to create a new leadership structure, by building on the strength in depth of the team in Brixworth. It puts us in a very strong position for the years ahead, as we aim to set new benchmarks in Formula One and Formula E.”

Hywel Thomas, the new Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG HPP, commented: “I am proud to have been part of HPP for 16 years and it is an incredible organisation in terms of its team spirit, values and integrity. That is no small part thanks to the leadership it has enjoyed over the years, from Mario Illien and Paul Morgan through to the current day. Andy and I have worked together throughout my time here and I am thankful to have been able to learn from him during this time and through a period of great success for the team. Our new leadership group is very excited to step up to this new challenge: we have an incredible team of people at Brixworth, and we are all focused on delivering maximum performance on track in the years ahead.”

Andy Cowell, outgoing Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG HPP, concluded: “After 16 enjoyable years working for HPP, I have decided that now is the right time to move on from my role and seek a new engineering business challenge. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with Markus and Toto in defining the future leadership structure of the company and I have every confidence in the ability of Hywel and the team to lead the company forward. It has been an absolute honour to work for Mercedes and especially to be Managing Director of HPP for seven years. Thank you to everyone who has provided me with such amazing opportunities and enjoyable challenges, especially Ola Källenius who had the courage to support me back in 2006.”
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The 132 kW (180 hp) Mercedes-Benz MB-trac 1800 intercooler was presented at the Nordagrar trade fair, which took place from 13 to 17 June 1990 in Hanover. This new top-of-the-range model marked the end of development of the legendary system tractor made by the famous Stuttgart brand 30 years ago. The MB-trac 1800 intercooler was based on the MB-trac 1600 turbo with an output of 115 kW (156 hp), which had been built since 1987. It was, in particular, the technical configuration of the 6-litre OM 366 LA six-cylinder engine with its intercooler that provided the additional power that made the 1800 intercooler a force to be reckoned with among the agricultural tractors of its time.

Ten years before the premiere of the 1800 intercooler, Mercedes-Benz had launched the MB-trac 1500 as the top-of-the-range tractor model with the star at the time. That model made its debut 40 years ago at the DLG exhibition in Hanover from 12 to 18 September 1980. Its six-cylinder OM 352 H engine produced 110 kW (150 hp). The Mercedes-Benz press information of the time enthused: “This tractor has enough power to pull through even when the going gets tough, for instance when ploughing in spots with heavy or wet soil or when working on inclines. Interruptions in tractive power due to gear changes are largely avoided. The closely stepped gearing with 12 forward and 12 reverse gears allows the speed to be matched to the work process very accurately.”

The many-facetted cousin of the Unimog

The MB-trac 1500 and 1800 intercooler models belonged to the heavy-duty class (model series 442 and 443) of Mercedes-Benz system tractors that were introduced in 1976. There were also models in the light category (since 1972, series 440) and medium category (since 1982, series 441). In this way, in 1987 the completely revised MB-trac range comprised eight models ranging from the MB-trac 700 (50 kW/68 hp) to the 1600 turbo (115 kW/156 hp), which covered a very wide spectrum of applications in agriculture and municipal services, but were also successful in forestry and construction. With this range of applications, the MB-trac complemented the successful Unimog models, with which it was technically closely related. While the Unimog was able to impress farmers with its excellent off-road capability and high transport speeds on the road, the tractor offered greater performance as an attachment carrier and towing vehicle in the field.

Many farmers have known and appreciated the Unimog as a versatile helper since 1949. In 1972, the MB-trac transferred the strengths of the Unimog to the area of dedicated agricultural tractors. In contrast to conventional tractors of its time, it offered four-wheel drive as a standard feature, four equally sized wheels, a central driver’s cab, powerful control hydraulics at the rear and front, and three attachment areas (front, body and rear) for attachments of all kinds. Instead of the usual block design, the MB-trac had a robust ladder-type frame. The suspension-supported front axle and the well equipped cabin, also with suspension, provided a high level of comfort. The rigid rear axle provided stability even for heavy work in the field.

The MB-trac and Unimog models were not only related by the use of numerous carry-over components, they were also assembled on the same conveyor belt in the Gaggenau plant at that time. In many businesses, from large farms and contractor enterprises to construction companies, they were often used to complement each other. This had advantages in terms of servicing, for example, as a Mercedes-Benz press release on “Economical construction machinery” from 1980 emphasised. It read: “The extensively uniform use of Unimog and MB-trac assemblies results in optimum servicing and repairs in our close-meshed customer service and repair network”.

Continuous innovation

The history of the innovative tractor began in 1967. Under the direction of Gustav Krettenauer, the MB-trac, which was technically closely related to the Unimog, was developed at the Daimler-Benz plant in Gaggenau. In 1972, the prototype of the MB-trac 65/70 was the first model to make its debut at the DLG exhibition in Hanover. Customers were impressed by the concept of the tractor as a particularly versatile working machine, also suitable for large farms, and the high level of comfort. Around 350 orders were placed before the trade fair came to an end.

Mercedes-Benz continuously developed the MB-trac during the production period, which lasted almost 20 years. To this end, endurance tests in live working scenarios were carried out in 1979 in cooperation with farmers from the Boxberg area of Baden. The tractor remained true to a number of important basic principles across all series, power ranges and development stages: the deadweight of the MB-trac was distributed so that the front axle carried about 60 per cent and the rear axle about 40 per cent, for example. When fitted with heavy attachments at the rear or when ploughing, this ensured almost perfect balance with a load on each axle of around 50 per cent.

The tractor was able to demonstrate this advantage in convincing situations – the seat, steering wheel, instruments and pedals could be rotated by more than 180 degrees in the cab. This meant that the MB-trac was also fully operational in the opposite direction of motion with the rigid rear axle now in front. Trac-Technic-Vertriebsgesellschaft, which was founded in 1987 by the then Daimler-Benz AG together with Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz (KHD), presented these benefits in an advertising film in 1990 using the MB-trac 1800 intercooler as an example. It read: “In combination with the fully synchronised reversing gearbox and the unsurpassed swivel seat, the MB-trac is an economical self-drive alternative”.

MB-trac 1800 intercooler “Black Edition” in the museum

The last of 190 MB-trac 1800 intercoolers built as the “Black Edition” version with the special black metallic paint finish is now part of the permanent exhibition of the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau. This vehicle, loaned by Daimler AG, has been on display together with an early MB-trac since the opening of the museum in 2006. The Unimog Museum is currently showing the special exhibition “The Unimog in the mountains”.

In total, only 190 units of the super tractor of this era were produced before MB-trac production ceased in December 1991. This makes the 1800 intercooler a much sought-after classic in the highly active tractor collector scene today. Anyone who has not already got one can pick one up at the Unimog Museum. Not only can visitors to Gaggenau experience the MB-trac 1800 intercooler in the exhibition, they can also buy one – as a 1:32 scale model.
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