We all about the famous car company Mercedes-Benz but Here are a few interesting facts about the company that you did not know:
- The first Mercedes-Benz brought in the modern automobile to the world-
Karl Benz patented his three-wheeled, Motorwagen in the year 1886, which his wife took on a 120-mile tour through Germany without his knowledge. It was equipped with a 954cc single-piston, four-stroke -engine with a blistering-for-that-time 0.9hp.
- The iconic silver color came into the picture from saving weight for a race-
Most of the company’s race cars, the special and their flagship models have the company’s recognizable silver shade but the color only a mere improvisation. In the year 1934 at the Nürburgring, Mercedes-Benz’s white, aluminum-bodied W 25 race car had to be under the weight of 750 kg to race, but it came in over one kilogram above the standard weight. The racing team manager decided to take out the paint which resulted in a sparkling silver racer that ended up winning the race and even cementing an archetypal color.
- Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid vehicle in the year 1906-
Early car companies experimented with a mixture of electric and gasoline-powered vehicles before cars powered by petrol took over, the company’s Mixte model was the very first manufactured hybrid car. It had a gas engine in the front along with a dynamo that supplied the spark for the two motors in the rear. The model claimed a top speed of 75 mph.
- Gottlieb Daimler inadvertently invented the first motorcycle-
When Daimler manufactured a vertical, one-cylinder engine back in the year 1885 that ran on gasoline, he attached it into a wooden frame that is based off a bicycle. This cool invention brought in the Daimler Reitwagen and is considered the very first motorcycle.
- Safety crumple zones started on a Mercedes-Benz-
In the year 1951, when most of the American cars subscribed to the more-metal-is-safer attitude, the company’s engineer Béla Barényi’s research led to a patent on a variety of specialized cells within the car body that can deform upon any impact. These “crumple zones” helped them to redistribute the force of impact during a crash and ended up being implemented on Mercedes-Benz cars ever since the year 1959.
- They were one of the first companies to stick brakes and suspension on all four wheels-
By the summer of the year 1924, all the company’s cars have been equipped with brakes on four wheels, and it also helped in solidifying the company’s commitment to safety. Then in the year 1931, they brought in the Mercedes-Benz 170, which was well-equipped with a suspension on each corner of the car, also with leaf springs in the front and even an innovative coil spring at the rear.