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Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

Selected model details: VRC (Vario Research Car)

Four cars in one Mercedes-Benz Research Car


• Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

Introduced in: 1995

• Geneva Motor Show

Goals: Variable vehicle ergonomics

• Powertrain: drive, continuously variable transmission

Technical highlights

Swap bodies: sedan, wagon, convertible and pickup on one and the chassis, exchanged within 15

• Light and sturdy made of carbon-fiber reinforced (CFRP)

• Active Control (ABC)

Production in the Mercedes-Benz CL (1999, C 215 series)

Color display

Production in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1998, W 220

• Central rotary for the electronic functions

Production in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2005, W 221

• Navigation system

launch in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W 140 series)

• Safety display to traffic sign evaluating and distance warning radar

One four vehicles variability is the of the design of the Vario Research Car by Mercedes-Benz, which attracted attention at its premiere at the 1995 Motor Show. For in just a few the VRC can be converted into a different Whatever trip you plan, you not need more than one car to the variability of the body of the Vario Car. On weekdays it’s a For longer journeys, the load of a station wagon 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.

Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

Mercedes-Benz solved the with a compact two-door It features a single-piece body of roof, side walls and section; the body can be lifted off and for another variant. Doing it for a few simple operations and only 15 minutes’ time. The Vario Car was combined with a vision: do not own the bodies themselves but drive up to a station. While they a cup of coffee, service technicians the body. A few minutes later, are back on the road again. How they use a particular body is up to them, because the rental is just as flexible as the car itself.

One car for different activities

Futurology the impetus for the Vario Research The prediction is that people have more leisure which they will for different activities. For these and for everyday use, they like to choose a vehicle to fit purpose. But having one’s own fleet would not be economical. The Research Car from Mercedes-Benz the solution.

On top of that, the VRC illustrates that research vehicles a dialogue with the public: requests drivers to state opinions about each new In the case of the Vario Research the response has been particularly and unusually diversified. From response, Mercedes-Benz obtained valuable suggestions for future models.

This research car too features a of forward-looking technical solutions. The change should be easy to Only the interplay of several can make this possible. The technicians place the roof on the chassis; electric motors it into its final position, special locking mechanisms it at eight anchorage points. To it, it suffices to actuate levers on the pillars and the upper windshield The rest is again done by the which undo the locks and raise the body so that it can be lifted off.

For the electric in the rear, which differ for body, there is a central which automatically recognizes the of body. If, for example, a station body is mounted, the rear-screen will be supplied with In the sedan, the heated rear and trunk lights have to be to the electric system. In the convertible, the drive for the soft-top requires and has to be controlled.

Bodywork made of new materials

The are light and sturdy a result of the new tested by the engineers. They are of the high-tech material CFRP reinforced plastic. Compared to CFRP is 25 percent lighter what is more, features strength. The bodies weigh 30 to 50 kilograms each and, their lightweight design, a high level of stability and The Vario Research Car served to test front-wheel drive in a which was combined with variable automatic transmission as as active suspension (Active Control, ABC) for improving safety and comfort.

The cockpit a color display which the driver all the required information. On the console a rotary actuator is with which the driver can control the entire menu. It not only rev counter, trip and trip odometer, but also the recommendations of the onboard navigation A special feature is the safety in combination with a traffic evaluating system. If the driver to the official speed limit, it a green circle. If he or she drives or does not keep a proper from the vehicle ahead, the and shape of the symbol change the turns into a yellow or a red triangle depending on how much the exceeds the speed limit or below the safe distance. For function, the onboard electronics are with distance radar and control.

The upper part of the center accommodates a second display among other things, on the settings of the air conditioning and navigation are shown. When the driver to refuel, he or she is also told the tire pressure, the levels of oil, coolant and wash and the light system are okay. on the go, drivers are prevented from additional functions, so as not to distract attention from traffic, front passengers have access to all secondary information. To the difference, the rotary control whether it is being touched by the hand (front passenger) or hand (driver).

First-time use of drive-by-wire for steering and

The Vario Research Car was the first car from Mercedes-Benz featuring technology, in which the steering and the for example, are actuated electrically no mechanical linkages existing to the hands and braking feet. But the of this technology was not the main of the VRC the variability of the body was the principal With the Vario Research Mercedes-Benz underpinned its forte, the design of new vehicles and its ability to put on wheels in fully operational

Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car
Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car
Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car
Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

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