World Record for Mercedes E 320 CDI: In Detail

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World Record for Mercedes E 320 CDI: In Detail

100,000 miles at world-record speed

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100,000 miles at world-record speed

Mercedes-Benz has set a new diesel world record and has once again succeeded in highlighting the performance, reliability and environmental compatibility of today’s advanced diesel engines. The three standard-production Mercedes-Benz E 320 CDI models completed the 30-day, 100,000-mile, marathon at an average speed of 139,699 mph (224,823 km/h) without suffering any problems.

Mercedes-Benz set three cars at once on course for a record at the high-speed circuit in Laredo, Texas; all three successfully covered the record distance, thereby providing proof of the E- Class’s reliability three times over. To do so each of the three candidates did no fewer than 20,000 laps. Adding up the distances covered by all three cars gives an impressive total of 300,000 miles (482,802 kilometres) one-and-a-quarter times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

In addition to their powertrain, their chassis and body structure was also pushed to the limit. Dramatic climatic variations, with temperatures up to 45C (113 F) and the con-tinuous vibration caused by the uneven road surface provided additional challenges for the vehicles. This ordeal proved the durability of the new, 165 kW/224 hp V6 CDI diesel engine as well as the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic trans-mission.

This world-record run allows premium manufacturer Mercedes-Benz to demonstrate once again that today’s diesel engines are among the most advanced drive systems available. Among those who became convinced by the new V6 CDI powerplant was Brendan Gaughan, who last season drove in the most successful US racing series, the NASCAR Nextel Cup. For a diesel to manage a distance of four times round the world at an average speed of 139.699 mph is fantastic.

What impressed me, in addition to this sporting achievement, was its great smoothness and comfort both were on a par with a V8 gas engine.

The world-record run was supervised by the FIA*, which sets and enforces strict rules for tests of this kind. The participating vehicles were selected at Daimler-Chrysler’s Sindelfingen plant before they even left the production line by FIA officials who sealed them before they were shipped to the USA. Before, during and after the record run, the test vehicles were monitored continuously by the FIA until the world record was recognized officially.

In accordance with the globally recognized regulations, the extent of any repairs which may be performed is limited and the replacement of entire assemblies such as the engine, transmission or exhaust system is not allowed. The test vehicles had no difficulty in meeting these requirements as no faults occurred during the record run. In addition to numerous class records, the three six-man driver teams also set new world records for 50,000 miles at 140.092 mph (225.456 km/h) and for 100,000 miles at 139,699 mph (224.823 km/h). **

As well as offering superb performance and excellent quality, these vehicles are also outstandingly economical. The fuel consumption figure of 40 mpg achieved by the E 320 CDI under normal driving conditions is unrivalled by any vehicle in its competitive segment in the USA. Furthermore, the Mercedes-Benz engineers have successfully used effective emission control systems to satisfy the strict exhaust emission standards set by the EPA.

Through the use of the latest technology it will in future be possible to comply with the Californian CARB (California Air Resources Board) legislation the strictest in the world which currently applies in five states. In view of the dramatic rise in fuel prices, US President George W. Bush last week announced a programme to develop more fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles. Together with hybrid vehicles, clean diesel models like the Mercedes-Benz E 320 CDI are to be promoted by means of tax incentives to the tune of $ 2.5 billion over the next few years.

The potential fuel savings which could be achieved through increased adoption of diesel engines in the USA are enormous. An increase in the proportion of diesel-powered cars and light commercial vehicles from the present one percent to 50 percent as in western Europe would save the USA approximately 2.3 million barrels of crude oil per day. The amount saved on an annual basis is even more impressive: requirements of crude oil would be slashed by 839 million barrels, or around 133 billion litres.

Many American consumers are already convinced of the benefits of today’s advanced diesel powerplants, as demonstrated by the response to the launch of the Mercedes-Benz E 320 CDI. The planned sales volume of 3000 vehicles in 2004 was attained after just five months. And the customers are de-lighted, especially by the sporty and agile performance, the good fuel economy and the high level of comfort.

In those federal states in which Mercedes-Benz offered the E-Class with diesel engines, just under 12 percent of customers opted for a diesel model.

Mercedes-Benz is regarded as the pioneer of diesel technology. As early as 1936, the company officially presented the world’s first standard-production diesel pas-senger car in the form of the 260 D, the first prototypes having successfully un-dergone endurance road trials the previous year. Another milestone on the way to today’s advanced, agile diesel powerplants was the introduction of turbo technology in the seventies.

As early as 1985, the company presented the world’s first particulate filter, while the premiere of the common-rail diesel followed in 1997. The consistent effort which Mercedes-Benz has put into the evolution of diesel technology over the last 70 years has helped it attain the high regard which it en-joys around the world today. Future developments by the Stuttgart-based com-pany will make the diesel even more attractive, powerful and environmentally compatible.

This commitment is acknowledged by customers: Mercedes-Benz has already delivered more than seven million diesel-engined passenger cars to date. The overall share of diesels within the Mercedes-Benz model range worldwide now lies at 35 percent, and in western Europe is even as much as 56 percent.

* The Paris-based FIA (Fédération Internationale de l´automobile) is acknowledged as the governing body for world-record attempts in the automotive sector

** World records subject to confirmation by the FIA

On track for a record-breaking career

· Around the world – four times over

· The world-record run by the E 320 CDI

Mercedes E 300

The start of the world-record run on April 1st, 2005, marked the beginning of one of the toughest tests ever inflicted on a standard-production vehicle. Long-distance world-record attempts are nothing new, but no manufacturer has ever dared to go for a record with three diesel-powered vehicles over a distance of 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometres) each. The figures associated with the test bring home the daunting scale of the event: 100,000 miles covered at an average speed in excess 139,699 mph (224,823 km/h), 24 hours a day for 30 days.

Adding up the distances covered by all three cars gives an impressive total of 300,000 miles (482,802 kilometres) one-and-a-quarter times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. In order to lend the record runs additional authority, Mer-cedes-Benz used three E 320 CDI models whose only distinguishing features consisted of red, green and blue markings with similarly coloured front fog lamps.

The fact that no fewer than three cars managed the record distance is a clear indication of how reliable the current E-Class is. The vehicles were driven by three teams of six drivers, with each driver taking the wheel for about 2 hours, 10 minutes between refuelling stops. Servicing, involving the replacement of operating fluids and wear parts, was performed usual in accordance with the service inter-vals.

Each vehicle required servicing 10 times in the course of the entire record run.

Summarised technical data of the record-breaking drive:

May 1st, 2005 saw the vehicles cross the finish line and take their well-deserved place in the record books. Like a high-precision Swiss watch mechanism, the E 320 CDI models did all that was asked of them without any problems. The most outstanding aspect of this record run is that the 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometres) were covered at an average speed of 224.823 km/h (139.699 mph)***.

Mercedes-Benz succeeded in breaking all 22 of the international FIA records which it had set out to break.

* International FIA records in vehicle category B production vehicles, Group III turbo-diesels, Class 11 swept volume 2,500 3,000 cc

** World record: absolute best figure among all vehicle categories and classes

*** All records subject to confirmation by the FIA Records Commission

**** 1 mile = 1.609344 km (conversion factor according to FIA rules)

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