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Flashback Friday: Top 15 Research from Mercedes-Benz

We’ve a list of 15 Research Vehicles the last 30 years, which one you consider the most ground-breaking

by Clark | 04 October 2013

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Since the 1980′s, Mercedes-Benz has been research vehicles that to look at but at the same time, was pioneering new methods of vehicle and power. The range of innovative found in these research from the C111 to the F 125. us a glimpse at the foresight that engineers are able to develop.

compiled a list of the top 15 Research over the last 30 years, one would you consider the most

Mercedes-Benz C 111:

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September Mercedes-Benz presented the C 111. The queued up to see this “test lab on with its wedge-shaped body and gullwing doors.  The orange metallic, originally as “rosé wine”, also attract attention. Less but no less unusual, were the innovations. The body consisted of reinforced plastic and was riveted and to the steel frame-floor unit.

Research Auto 2000

Auto 2000:

In the late the Federal German Ministry for and Technology launched the Auto project, in which several carmakers Fuel consumption was not to exceed per 100 km (21.3 mpg) for a vehicle a cerb weight of up to kilograms – a very ambitious in those days – and the maximum for weighing 1,250 to 1,700 was 9.5 litres/100 km (24.7

The Auto 2000, first to the public at the 1981 Frankfurt Motor Show and was meant to four people.  It had an aerodynamically body with a very low Cd coefficient) of 0.28. As many as different engine concepts tested in this vehicle. An cylinder cutoff system was in a 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine. only little power was four of the eight combustion were temporarily shut – today this is a feature of large-displacement petrol engines by Mercedes-Benz. The 3.3-litre diesel tested in the Auto 2000 had accelerating power thanks to its six and two turbochargers; it offered an excellent of 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres (about mpg) at a speed of 120 km/h.


Mercedes-Benz short-distance NAFA:

Congested streets, a of parking space, and long raised new questions in motor research. Mercedes-Benz answered in 1981 with a concept labelled “Nahverkehrsfahrzeug” or NAFA for – the short-distance vehicle. With an length of 2.50 metres and an height and width of 1.50 the innovative two-seater contradicted the company had been known to for to date.

The NAFA study did not fall oblivion. The insights it produced incorporated into the design of the A-Class, the prototype of which its debut in 1996. In the smart coupé, introduced in 1997, the of the compact urban car celebrated its of age. It has been manufactured in numbers ever since.

F100 Research Vehicle


Daimler-Benz deliberately the North American International Show in Detroit in 1991 – the major trade show of the – to present a very special the Mercedes-Benz F 100. This car gave tangible expression to the of engineers and market strategists for the of the future. Never before had so ideas and innovative technologies realised in a fully operational

In the F100, the driver was seated in the  Statistically, a car is occupied by 1.2 to 1.7 persons – included. So the driver deserves the place, which is the centre with its large distances to car parts. Furthermore, the driver can get out of the car on the off-traffic side.

With all its the Mercedes-Benz F 100 was not simply a test for the engineers – it represented a new type of It anticipated the future of mobility, has partly become reality the car made its debut in 1991. At the time, it emphasised the fact the customer is the focus of technical when a research vehicle is

Mercedes-Benz Research C112


In Group C, during the racing season, Mercedes-Benz, in with the Swiss Sauber fielded the C 11. The car proved to be a great and the team was crowned world at the end of the season. The triumph was an inspiration for the engineers. Looking for a way to test dynamic handling systems for cars, they came up the C 112, a high-performance sports It was powered by a six-litre V12 engine generated 300 kW (408 hp) and put 580 Newton of torque on the crankshaft. The challenge was to the physical limits while this performance to the road and the highest levels of active

The C 112 was the first vehicle since the C 111 to gullwing doors. Ever the 1950s, they have a symbol of Mercedes-Benz sports The 300 SL coupé (W 194/198 series 1952 and 1954 respectively) was the to have them – a car whose technical qualities made it out in its day. The C 112, with its body, followed suit.

The C 112 was the first car to afford active labelled Active Body (ABC). Each wheel is with a combination of a spring and servo cylinder. Sensors all the vehicle’s motions – vertical roll and pitch. To eliminate the motion, computers evaluate the and control the active suspension accordingly. The result: an unprecedented of stable roadholding.


Mercedes-Benz Vario Research

The Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car is four cars in one – variability was the focus of the Vario Research Car by Mercedes-Benz, a car that attracted attention at its premiere at the 1995 Motor Show. Within a few minutes, the VRC can be transformed into a car.

For everyday driving, a saloon. For longer journeys, the capacity of an estate car is available. In the the sun invites you to take an open-top in a convertible. And for heavy loads, the pickup with its open space.

It has a one-piece body consists of a roof, side and rear section; the body can be off and exchanged for another variant. All is needed is a few simple operations take just 15 minutes. The Research Car was a vision: customers not themselves own the bodies but would up to a rental station. While drank a coffee, service would exchange the body. A few later, the customer would be on the again. The driver could how long to use a particular body because the rental system be just as flexible as the car itself.

F200 Imagination

Mercedes-Benz Imagination:

The Mercedes-Benz F 200 Imagination, at the 1996 Paris Motor was created to test new ergonomic on drive-by-wire technology, cockpit design.  It was by a Four-stroke spark-ignition engine cylinders, six litres of displacement, 290 kW hp), offered rear-wheel drive a five-speed electronically controlled automatic

Small joysticks in the doors and the console for steering and braking – the steering wheel. The signals are transmitted electronically to the relevant (drive-by-wire). The conventional mechanical elements used by the driver are now to electric and hydraulic actuators, and pulses carry out the desired

Mercedes-Benz F300 Life Jet

How can the and cornering dynamics of a motorcycle be with the safety and comfort of a  This was the question that the design that eventually known as the F300 Life Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom by their vehicles, they’re to lean into bends, the power of the engine, feel at one the elements, and experience the unbridled of the road.  These are all things the designers and engineers of the F 300 Life Jet to convey with their Just as importantly however, it was designed to offer the same of a car: stability coming three wheels instead of The top can be closed, and seat belts are The motoring experience can be shared a second person inside the both unimpeded by protective helmet and wind noise. And air makes for pleasant temperatures.

F400 Carving:

The F400 which gets its name the sporty carvers on ski slopes, was at the Tokyo Motor Show in and was created with the plan to novel dynamic handling  This led to the most conspicuous of the Mercedes F400 Carving, The of its wheels. When cornering, the on the outside of the bend tilt by as as 20 degrees, which distinctly directional stability and roadholding, and the danger of skidding. Electronics been combined with to achieve this. Sensors the road speed, acceleration, lock and yaw of the car, and send signals to the outer wheels’ servo cylinders, causing to tilt at a precisely defined The kerb-side wheels, like the remain in their normal

Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind

F500 Mind:

Presented at the Tokyo Motor Show, the F500 Mind proved the future of auto industry never cease to be exciting. The car, designed as a modern saloon, served as a research lab on and demonstrated over a dozen ideas for enhancing the safety, and comfort of future Mercedes-Benz cars.

The F500 mind was to utilize different propulsion If a great deal of power is a V8 diesel engine with 184 kW hp) drives the F 500 Mind – and simultaneously the batteries, as the car also features a 50 kW motor that works by itself or in conjunction with the combustion engine. An electronic unit that adapts to the situation and driving style coordinates the engine and motor.

The electric motor, for instance, the car when it starts up, in stop-and-go and in other situations where the combustion engine, by virtue of its principles, does not develop efficiency. Should the driver higher engine output, the V8 cuts in to provide dynamic The electric drive’s 300-volt located underneath the passenger is recharged during braking. resulting in fuel savings of up to 20

Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000

Mercedes-Benz Research Bionic Car

Bionic Car:

For the first the engineers specifically looked for a model in nature, one that itself to an aerodynamically efficient, comfortable and environmentally compatible – not just in detail features, but in its overall shape and structure. search led them to the boxfish.

fish, which lives in waters, has excellent hydrodynamic despite its angular, cube-like Its shape is aerodynamically ideal. On a representing a true copy of the body, the engineers measured coefficient (Cd) as low as 0.06.

maximum aerodynamic efficiency and a concept gleaned from the advanced turbodiesel engine common rail direct (103 kW/140 hp) and novel SCR Catalytic Reduction) technology significantly to reductions in fuel and pollutant emissions. In the EU driving the concept car consumes 4.3 litres of per 100 kilometres (54.7 mpg) – 20 less than a comparable model. In line with US methodology (FTP 75), the car some 70 miles per gallon – 30 percent more than a car. At a constant speed of 90 (55 mph), the direct injection consumes 2.8 litres of diesel per 100 corresponding to 84 miles per gallon in the US cycle.

Mercedes-Benz F600

Mercedes-Benz F600 Hygenius:

The F 600 HYGENIUS continued the series of and groundbreaking research cars. by an 85 kW (115 hp) zero-emission fuel drive, the compact family car the equivalent of just 2.9 litres per 100 (81 mpg) and has a range of over 400 on one tank filling of hydrogen.

The reworked fuel cell of the F 600 is some 40 per cent smaller before, operates even efficiently, and is exceptional for its good ability. The continuous output of the cell drive is 60 kW (82 hp). not required for driving the car is stored in a lithium-ion battery. The system operates rather like a drive and selects the source of best-suited to the driving situation. The amount of energy made by the fuel cell can also be for the well-being of the passengers in the F 600 HYGENIUS. The cup for instance, cool or heat with electricity generated by the friendly unit. Via a conventional outlet, electrical appliances can be at normal voltage. If required, the cell can also function as a power plant: its electric output of 66 kW is enough to supply one-family houses with

Mercedes-Benz F700


The Mercedes-Benz F 700 presents the future of the touring sedan. It demonstrates approaches and technologies for using sparingly, protecting the environment and the driver and passengers to travel in a relaxed style.

At the heart of the F 700 is a powertrain. DIESOTTO combines the of the low-emission petrol engine the diesel’s fuel economy. For the time, the diesel’s principle of homogeneous) charge compression is incorporated in a petrol engine. thanks to homogeneous combustion at reaction temperatures, nitrogen emissions are minimized. Moreover, the in displacement and the number of cylinders the degree of efficiency. The F 700 is powered by a four-cylinder engine with a of 1.8 litres, which nonetheless the superior performance typical of a saloon. A two-stage turbocharger is for the engine’s excellent response and accelerating power. In addition, on the hybrid module electric assists the internal combustion The maximum engine output is 175 kW hp); the electric motor another 15 kW (20 hp), and the system’s torque is as high as 400 Newton Acceleration from standstill to 100 in 7.5 seconds is testament to the dynamism of the F whose top speed is limited to 200 Despite this outstanding the F 700 has a fuel consumption in the EU driving of just 5.3 litres (44.3 which corresponds to carbon emissions of 127 grams – an extremely low for a car of this size.

Mercedes-Benz Style

Mercedes-Benz F800

The Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style research showed us the future of premium from a new perspective. As a five-seat sedan combining highly drive technologies, unparalleled and convenience features we didn’t know we needed, the F800 became a stylish-sporty interpretation of the new design.  The exterior was with LED headlights that exciting, distinctive details, a interiorm despite compact dimensions and a modern sense of on the inside.

The F 800 Style is suitable for use with a of drive system options to its flexible multi drive as the following example with two independent variants demonstrates:

As the Hybrid, the F 800 Style offers mobility with zero emissions in urban settings. longer distances, a gasoline equipped with the latest-generation technology is supported by the hybrid thereby enabling a high-performance and driving experience.

The F-CELL is equipped with a fuel unit that runs on for electric driving with local emissions. The only from electric cars by a fuel cell is water

Mercedes-Benz F125!


The F 125 ! research vehicle was designed to future trends and prepared the way for of an innovative premium concept for luxurious automobiles. In the F 125 ! Mercedes-Benz followed its vision of emission-free with hydrogen power, the potential of H2 as an energy source for the While previous Mercedes-Benz vehicles had “looked ahead” by one vehicle generation – seven to years – the F 125 ! as the latest technological went a whole step by more than two generations to the 2025 and beyond.

The F 125 ! was created as an four-seater luxury saloon a powerful, emission-free electric system based on the fuel technology developed to series maturity by Mercedes-Benz. This combined pioneering and highly storage, drive and bodyshell with unique control and concepts. The research vehicle presented itself with an design which transfers the Mercedes design idiom the future.

Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
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