Extreme tests for more safety: the five most exciting Mercedes-Benz test tracks.
The Mercedes-Benz test tracks are surrounded by a certain mysticism. Precisely what happens behind the gates of these facilities fires the imagination of even dyed-in-the-wool three-pointed star enthusiasts. Time to lift the curtain.
1. Untertürkheim test track.
The world's roads at home in Untertürkheim.
Skid plate on the test track at the Untertürkheim plant with concentric rings of different road surfaces which simulate actual stretches of road.
The test protagonists.
Since the 1970s Mercedes-Benz has increasingly been testing different drive concepts – the fleet of the test vehicles is correspondingly large.
16 large turbines simulate side winds with a speed of up to 100 km/h on the test site.
2. Development and Test Centre (EVZ) in Wörth am Rhein.
Extensive terrain in Wörth.
The control station from which all tests are monitored is located directly at the test tracks.
3. Immendingen Test and Technology Centre.
4. Vaitoudden Test Centre.
Whilst the Vaitoudden Test Centre is not an in-house site, Mercedes-Benz does like to travel to unusual testing grounds all over the world. The small community of Arjeplog near the Arctic Circle is a frequent destination. For example, on the world's largest winter test track in Vaitoudden, the Mercedes-Benz eVito was subjected to an acid test in extremely cold conditions. In a landscape of frozen lakes the battery-electric drive van was able to prove the suitability of its battery performance, charging process and road adhesion on an icy road surface at temperatures down to -30 degrees. Even in this deserted wilderness, inquisitive paparazzi pop up out of nowhere, trying to catch a glimpse of the coveted prototypes before market launch.
5. Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety in Sindelfingen (TFS).
Driving Safety Technology Centre.
The building is located at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center in Sindelfingen.
Preparations must be made under precise guidance before a crash.
Shortly before the crash simulation.
An employee of the TFS prepares a dummy.
At the four sled facilities, processes such as the development and fine-tuning of restraint systems such as seat belts takes place.
A total of four crash tracks are housed in the new Driving Safety Technology Centre. They can be operated independently of one another
Juliane Schmid, Daimler Global Media