Mercedes' Monumental Marathon - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 10-24-2006, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
Administratoris Emeritus
 
GeeS's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2021 SL770
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
Posts: 44,915
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 591 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Mercedes' Monumental Marathon

It was some seventy years ago when Mercedes launched the first diesel engine in a series production vehicle. No one will ever know if back then it was ever thought that the technology would be both so scrutinized and so promising today.

It was a chilly afternoon on Oct 21 when Dieter Zeitche, head of the Mercedes Car Group, waved the flag to start a monumental long-distance marathon from Paris, France to Beijing. Taking part in the event are 36 Mercedes E-Class vehicles which are powered by clean diesel engines. The marathon is intended to demonstrate the global potential of the new technologies the German carmaker is utilizing for its diesel powerplants.


(Photo: DaimlerChrysler)

"The long-distance route from Paris to Beijing is not about speed. Rather, the sporting challenge for the participants is to achieve the lowest possible consumption on the individual stages and across the overall distance" Zeitche said. He adds "we want to demonstrate again the high level of performance of the modern diesel engine in terms of emission, economy and range, even under the most extreme conditions."


(Photo: DaimlerChrysler)

The marathon, which takes place over two continents and several stages, will see 360 drivers from 35 countries take the wheel while covering a combined distance of nearly half a million kilometers. The route takes drivers through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Kazakhstan to China. The route closely shadows that of the first transcontinental car race which used the same two cities as start and destination locations nearly 100 years ago.

The reason for the race back then?
To prove the superiority of the automobile to the horse. The winner, an Italian aristocrat named Scipione Borghese took two months to complete the course. The Mercedes "E-Class Challenge" convoy is scheduled to cross the finish line on November 17, 2006.

The fleet of vehicles includes 33 E-320 CDI models, some of which are fitted with Mercedes all wheel drive 4MATIC system for added traction in all weather conditions. Additionally, 3 BLUETEC powered models will participate. The forward-looking technology makes it the cleanest diesel engine in the world, according to Mercedes Benz.


(Photo: DaimlerChrysler)

On sale since October 15 in the USA, the BLUETEC engine uses up to 30 percent less fuel than a comparable gasoline powered model. With a range of up to 1200 kilometres on a single tank of fuel, it is an ideal candidate for the marathon.

With the international diesel market heating up and showing off more and more advanced technologies making it cleaner, more efficient and more appealing to mass markets, Mercedes and other forerunners are set to pave the way to a new, cleaner era for the fuel.

"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon
GeeS is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    The marathon man... guage Off-Topic 19 08-20-2006 03:59 PM
    Off topic: running the boston marathon on monday, wish me luck masmole Off-Topic 14 04-21-2005 10:50 AM
    Latest Pictures after a 4 hr 47 min Trail Marathon.........SF alex W163 M-Class 51 04-07-2003 04:21 PM
    Drew--your ML as pace car at Vancouver marathon? Doug W163 M-Class 5 05-07-2002 10:23 AM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome