Test and Prove


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    High-performance four-cylinder engine of the Mercedes 35 HP, exhaust side. The lightweight crankcase, the exposed exhaust camshaft, the magneto and the water pump are clearly visible.
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    In the steep-bank curve of the test track at the Untertürkheim plant: a Mercedes-Benz Saloon from the 201 model series, an S-Class Saloon from the 126 model series and an O 303 touring coach, 1984.
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    The skid pad of the test track at the Untertürkheim plant, made up of concentric rings with different surface finishes. Photograph from 1984
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    A Mercedes-Benz 123-series Saloon on the rough-road section of the test track at the Untertürkheim plant.
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    A Mercedes-Benz 380 SE, model series W 126, undertakes evasive manoeuvres on the test track at the Untertürkheim plant.
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    A Mercedes-Benz 123-series Saloon drives through a water basin on the test track at the Untertürkheim plant.
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    A Mercedes-Benz 201-series Saloon undergoes crosswind testing on the test track at the Untertürkheim plant.
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198 series, 1954 to 1957).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952).
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    Wind tunnel measurements by Mercedes-Benz Classic on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car (W 194, 1952).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198 series, 1954 to 1957).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952) compared with a model 300 S (W 188 series, 1951 to 1958).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952) compared with a model 300 S (W 188 series, 1951 to 1958).
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    Wind tunnel measurements for Mercedes-Benz Classic, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series, 1952) compared with a model 300 S (W 188 series, 1951 to 1958).
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    W 221 S-Class, launched in 2005: AIRMATIC air suspension in combination with the Adaptive Damping System ADS.
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    F 700 research vehicle: At its premiere in 2007 it was dubbed the “flying carpet” by the motoring press because of its anticipatory PRE-SCAN suspension.
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    The 204-series C-Class: The ADVANCED AGILITY package makes it possible to adjust shock absorbers at the touch of a button.
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    The Electronic Stability Program ESP®, which Mercedes-Benz presented in a 140 model-series S-Class Coupé in 1995 and initially fitted as standard in the S 600 Coupé, represented a revolution in handling safety.
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    W 221 S-Class, launched in 2005: AIRMATIC air suspension in combination with the Adaptive Damping System ADS.
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    Launched in 2009, the E-Class of the 212 model series is equipped as standard with an enhanced suspension featuring an adaptive shock absorber system.
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    On display at the 1931 Paris Motor Show was the Mercedes-Benz 170 with a completely new swing axle suspension.
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    The Mercedes-Benz 380, launched in 1933, is the first car whose front wheels were located by parallelogram control arms with coil springs.
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    The Benz Patent Motorcar Victoria is the first car with the „double pivot“ steering system, registered as a patent by Carl Benz in 1893.
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    The Benz Parsifal, launched in 1902 and a counterpart of the Mercedes Simplex, has a shaft drive.
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    The Mercedes Simplex was launched in 1901. It had a completely new suspension with a low centre of gravity.
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    The W 220 model series S-Class joined the Mercedes-Benz range in 1998. Instead of a classic springing and damping system using coil springs and gas-pressure shock absorbers, this featured the newly developed, electronically controlled AIRMATIC system.
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    The powerful 28/95-hp Sport model in 1921 is the first Mercedes series-production vehicle with additional front-wheel brakes.
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    The Mercedes-Benz SL of the R 129 model series (1989-2001) became the brand’s first series production car for which multi-stage electronic damper adjustment was available.
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    The Mercedes-Benz 190 of the compact W 201 series, launched in 1982, featured the unprecedented and sensational multilink independent rear suspension.
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    A swing axle first appeared on the Benz „Tropfenwagen“ (teardrop-shape) racing car of 1923.
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    The large Mercedes-Benz CL 500/CL 600 Coupé, launched in 1999, had the world’s first active suspension system, the Active Body Control ABC.
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    A new dimension in ride comfort was opened up by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE of 1961 which had air-chamber spring bellows instead of coil springs.
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    In 1889, Wilhelm Maybach, Gottlieb Daimler‘s brilliant design engineer, developed the „steel-wheel car“. Like the Benz Patent Motorcar, this now also had a chassis which was completely divorced from the world of carriage building.
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    Glamorous setting: At the Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe, the suspension  test circuit starts and ends.
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    The Friedrichsruhe test circuit measured exactly 34.7 kilometres in length and offered all the necessary road surfaces.
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    Friedrichsruhe test circuit: Since the Mercedes-Benz engineers know every inch of the track, they also know the precise spots that are likely to supply the right information for a particular issue.
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    The Mercedes-Benz 600 had shock absorbers whose response could be adjusted from inside the vehicle.
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    Launched in 2009, the E-Class of the 212 model series is equipped as standard with an enhanced suspension featuring an adaptive shock absorber system.
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