Mercedes-Benz working on a technology named Magic Body Control

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 10, 2010

Mercedes-Benz cars will soon receive a dose of “Magic,” the name for a new range of premium technologies. In an interview with Inside Line, Mercedes Vice President Hans Multhaupt said that after the release of the Active Body Control (ABC) that has been used to prop up the upper premium segments, the next big thing is a technology named Magic Body Control.

Multhaupt said that in the 1990s, the company had its first try using special technology with the Sauber Mercedes team of the World Sports car Championship Group C and Michael Schumacher.

In 1990 and 1991, the team's C11 sports car was unbeatable at the field until this technology was eventually prohibited. Magic Body Control uses sophisticated hydraulics and manages two frequencies of movement, with one at the wheels (between 15-20 Hz) and the other at the body (5-8 Hz).

Dynamic engineers typically consider these disparate frequencies to be a constant challenge when trying to damp NVH. Daimler and ZF, which makes the current ABC, have jointly developed the Magic Body Control technology.

Multhaupt claims that this Magic Carpet system has impressed everyone who has witnessed its effects. The MBC bushings, which are fitted between the strut towers and body, work hydraulically through rough, undulating pavement and in curves to manage the body's reactions. Daimler experts assert that these get rid of 80% of the vibration and harshness at the wheels.

In 2011, Daimler will be producing a range of Magic features and options, beginning with a Magic Sky Control sunroof intended for the new SLK's folding hardtop. An unidentified US firm invented the magnetorheological glass system that is able to change from near totally clear to dark blue. This glass system, which is produced by Hitachi, can be used for the side windows, rear window, and can soon be used in the windshield to effectively remove the need for sun visors.

Headroom is not affected by the MSC roof glass. Magic Body Control will follow Magic Sky Control in 2012 and 2013 at the S-Class and CL-Class level. It’s believed that these offerings would be followed by two other fresh technologies; however, Multhaupt declined to provide further details. [via Inside Line]

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