HOW MERCEDES CHANGED THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD ?

Mercedes-Benz is one of the most promising brand in the automotive sector. It was all started in the late 80s when Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz started the company together that shaped the whole automobile world in the upcoming future.

Later on Karl Benz wife, Bertha Benz became the first lady to drive a car 111 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim thus creating history. Times flies and Mercedes Benz continues to innovate into technologies that shaped entire automobile world.

  • INNOVATION OF A RADIATOR

The innovation of a radiator was basically a pioneer thing that really changed automotive world. The first car radiator was designed by an engineer Wilhelm Maybach, which later founded the company Maybach Motors with Mercedes Daimler AG. On December 24, 1897, for instance, the tubular radiator developed by Maybach was registered as a utility model in Germany. This radiator significantly improved engine cooling and was used for the first time in the so-called Phoenix car (1897), the first passenger car of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft with an engine installed at the front.

  • THE MULTI VALVE ENGINE MAKER

Mercedes claims it was first with the Benz Prinz Heinrich Wagen to build world' s first multi valve engine. The Benz Prinz Heinrich Wagen eclipsed everything, though, and raced in what would become the German Grand Prix with its 5.7-liter four-cylinder engine, and went international to take part in the inaugural Indianapolis 500. It featured four overhead valves per cylinder and a shaft drive instead of the then traditional chain-drive system.


  • 4MATIC ALL WHEEL DRIVE (AWD)

The AWD E-Class debuts with two electronic traction systems for rear-wheel drive cars: the automatic differential lock (ASD) and automatic skid control (ASR).

  • MULTI LINK SUSPENSION

A multi-link suspension is a type of vehicle suspension with one or more longitudinal arms. A wider definition can consider any independent suspensions having three control links or more multi-link suspensions. These arms do not have to be of equal length, and may be angled away from their obvious direction. It was first introduced in the late 1960s on the Mercedes-Benz C11 and later on their W201 and W124 series.


Typically each arm has a spherical joint (ball joint) or rubber bushing at each end. Consequently, they react to loads along their own length, in tension and compression, but not in bending. Some multi-links do use a trailing arm, control arm or wishbone, which has two bushings at one end.

On a front suspension one of the lateral arms is replaced by the tie-rod, which connects the rack or steering box to the wheel hub.

The solid axle multi-link system is another variation of the same concept, and offers some advantages over independent multi-link, as it is significantly cheaper and less complex to build, offering good mechanical resistance and excellent reliability with very similar benefits.


  • ANTI LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS)

Anti-lock Braking System or ABS, as we commonly know it, is now 40 years old. Automotive companies and race teams tried various types of mechanical ABS systems, but it was Mercedes that got to market first. It started development with a patent in 1953 and started work in 1963 on the electro-hydraulic brake control system. The automaker worked with the electronics company that would become Bosch to develop a basic system that debuted in 1970.


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