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A new driving sensation – Mercedes-Benz F 200

by Philipp Deppe | 29.August

Design for innovations – this was the that had accompanied development of the F 200 concept study which took the wraps off at the Paris Show in 1996. The two-door was brimming with groundbreaking for improving safety and comfort in cars, and afforded visitors to the a glimpse of the possible technological of the future.

The study also just how technical innovations open up new avenues for the styling of top-of-the-range cars. Form and of this research car went hand-in-hand, with the coupé highlighting both the formal and the assets of the technological innovations on

The most prominent innovations in the F 200 Imagination included an imaginative new control system which the driver to control all vehicle by means of sidesticks positioned in the trim panels and in the centre of the coupé study. Moving the to the left or right steered the pushing the levers forwards pulling it back applied the The interior of the F 200 Imagination was completely of conventional control and connecting such as a steering wheel, column or pedals – each and command from the driver was electronically, a system which the referred to as “drive-by-wire”.

The F 200 Imagination also presented the Mercedes team with an ideal for showing how the omission of a steering and pedals opens up whole new for the interior styling and controls of the cars that we will be in years to come. The driving system in the F 200 Imagination was coupled to an suspension system which the vehicle’s suspension and damping to the current handling conditions. The was improved driving safety and comfort, something which the F 200 a mobile laboratory for the Active Control system which in Mercedes-Benz series-production models in

Video cameras give eyes in the backs of their

The eye-catching steel panels the glass roof of the F 200 Imagination housed electronic cameras removed the need for interior and mirrors. Instead, monitors inside the study’s cockpit the driver fully informed of was going on behind the car. The sized displays incorporated the dashboard did more than indicate the standard operating such as rev speed and the fuel level, they could show pictures from the own video recorder, TV tuner, computer or navigation system, in-car entertainment for the co-driver ensuring that drivers had all the information at their fingertips.

A pushbutton-controlled pivoting mechanism had devised by the Mercedes engineers for the of the F 200 Imagination, with hydraulic moving the doors upwards to an of 30 degrees. The main benefit of technique was that the resulting opening was some 15 centimetres making it easier to get into and out of the whilst also allowing the car to be in tighter slots. The doors be opened using a card a magnetic strip which the car merely had to carry about his As he approached the car, the in-vehicle circuitry automatically established a link with the magnetic and, provided that the matched, prepared to unlock the This system became as KEYLESS-GO and was first seen in production in the S-Class in 1999.

Mercedes-Benz F200

New-style sidebag and headlamps for cornering

The Mercedes engineers showed the way forward on the safety with the inclusion of a new airbag that gave an effective to occupant protection in the event of a collision. Termed the windowbag, it in the event of a crash to form a that extended from the roof frame strut to the and offered an equal level of for passengers in the front and rear. The has been in series production 1998 now, when it its first ever appearance in the

Headlamps with variable distribution which automatically to the current driving situation and speed gave the driver of the F 200 a clearer view of the road Thanks to special reflector the headlamps were able to with the wheels, ensuring illumination of the road ahead, when cornering. This pave the way for the subsequent develop-ment of the Light System, which has available for Mercedes-Benz models 2003.

Electronically controlled rear

The long, low-set tail of the F 200 made it quite evident the designers and engineers had also a new approach when it came to the study’s aerodynamics. Whereas drag and lift are generally by the shape of the vehicle’s tail and in saloons and coupés, the desired was produced in the F 200 by an electronically controlled system. The spoiler was situated at the of the rear bumper and altered its depending on the current speed the aim of optimising roadholding and driving Added to this is the fact the adjustable wing briefly had the of increasing the downforce under thereby enhancing the braking This later gave to the “Airbrake” premiered in the SLR McLaren in

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