The evolution of Mercedes since 2000
Having been the leaders of the automotive sector for about 88 years, there has been round the clock development in its innovations be it commercial vehicles, technology or F1. Here is a look as to how they have evolved in the bigger picture.
Technological breakthroughs by Mercedes
Not only just trucks the Mercedes cars brand came up with several innovations since 2000: 7G-Tronic, it is the world’s first seven speed automatic transmission system which was incorporated in the Mercedes-Benz SLR AMG in 2003; Electronic Stability Control and brake assist to prevent accidents were equipped in several commercial daily utility cars; most powerful naturally aspirated engines the Mercedes-AMG; Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VTG); in 2002 came a new safety feature called “Pre-Safe” which has the ability to detect collision’s and in turn act smartly by closing the windows and tightening the front seat belts to avoid any grave impact; yet another new tech called “Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brakes” came in 2006 wherein the system detects the traffic if any and applies the brakes accordingly to reduce the possibly of any type pf impact; in 2010 came a new revolution and a cutting edge technology which changed the face of car driving, it’s called “Attention Assist” wherein the various sensors detect the steering behavior and the drivers interaction with the dashboard and accordingly determine if the driver is drowsy or not and in turn alert the driver by playing a loud noise. These safety features have caught a lot of attention.
Environmental friendly Mercedes cars
Not only just the passengers but the safety of the environment is equally important as they sustain life-form. Keeping the environmental crisis at stake, several new powertrains were used: hybrid, fully electric and fuel-cell propelled. The Mercedes-Benz BlueZero concept which came in 2009 was a hybrid 5 door hatchback. Even though its hybrid it comes with 3 types of optional powertrains with a maximum speed of 150 kmph and it features a tech which automatically shuts down the electric motor in traffic and several others which are now practically available in every car. The next big innovation was the first electric sports car, SLS AMG E-Cell which was unveiled in 2011. It has 4 electric motors which produce a total of 526 hp with a 48kWh capacity lithium battery, carbon fiber body and LED headlamps with an AMG engine are the stunning features available. The next step towards perfection was the SLS AMG Electric Drive which is a limited edition model unveiled in 2013. Based on the E-Cell it was somewhat the same but with a better motor which produced an overall power of 740 hp with a range of 160 miles.
Performance in F1
Currently known as the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, they have been running successfully since 1954. They have been the engine suppliers for Force India and Brawn GP but later in 2010 they took over the team. Mercedes-Benz engines have won 4 driver’s championships. The F1 team won the 2009 World Championship with Jenson Button. Their performance in 2011 and 2012 hasn’t been much competitive under Nico Rosberg and legend Michael Schumacher but Rosberg managed 3 podium finishes whereas Schumacher still struggled with a single podium finished and was behind Nico in the overall tally. After the retirement of the legend Lewis Hamilton moved from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013. Though their performance was above average in the 2013 GP but the 2014 has been really going well for the brand with the new set of F1 rules. Both Hamilton and Rosberg have by now six 1-2 finishes for the team but unfortunately Hamilton’s 9 win streak was ended by Rosberg with his win at the Malaysian GP. Rosberg is currently leading the leaderboard ahead of Hamilton by 29 points.