MercedesBenz C111

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Mercedes-Benz C111

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C111

MERCEDES-BENZ

THERE is a possibility that the world’s pro. ducer of luxury will swing soon to power.

Engineers at Daimler- in Stuttgart have solved of the problems that plagued rotary engines. ‘Meanwhile. the business heads are attracted by the unit’s possibilities in the face of American pollution legislation,

On a visit to the Daimler Benz fact-finding we met a wall of silence formerly the company had been forthcoming. This indicates Wankel engines are no longer a novelty. Said one Mercedes ‘This is a bad time to talk rotaries, Major decisions are taken right now and everybody is sensitive.

If Daimler- Benz decides to heavily in the tooling needed to Wankel engines in quantity. it probably herald the move by a limited series of the existing prototype. These cars at a subsidised price perhaps to 100 chosen influential motorists in and abroad will pave the way to acceptability of the rotary engine as a power unit. At the same they will help to any last-minute bugs that the may have missed.

Assuming thaI such a marketing exercise went the company might then go on to a rotary-powered variant of one of its normal probably in relatively low volume such as the 300SEL. The cars in larger range are in any case, to rumour due for replacement perhaps later this year. It be relatively easy for Mercedes to for a supplementary model to be slotted in a couple of years.

Mercedes-Benz C111

What is the reason for this renewed interest in a power that, after all, has around for years? Initially, the concept attracted wide for its extreme smoothness, lightness and compactness by comparison with reciprocating designs, but already were misgivings about its fuel consumption. Then the first signs of an omissions in California and enginems despaired of the new regulations because of the Wankel’s inefficiency and the consequent incompleteness of its process. At the

same time there doubts about whether by the the necessary. auxiliaries were it really saved much space.

Now the wheel has turned full The very — much 1975 American anti-smog have put a far higher premium on and weight saving.

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