2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Brabus Technology Project Hybrid based on Mercedes-Benz E220 BlueTec

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2011

Brabus has unveiled its latest Hybrid Project intended for the Mercedes-Benz E220 BlueTec at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The German tuning house announced that this vehicle is powered by a direct injection diesel engine with Brabus ‘Eco’ technology and dual electric motors located in the rear wheel hubs.

The company’s ZERO EMISSION business division worked on the Brabus Hybrid project together with Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment. Both have been collaborating on the development of alternative drive technologies. In the ‘Eco’ mode, each of the wheel hub mounted electric motors delivers 50 kW of continuous power but on the ‘Sport’ mode, its output is raised to 80 kW.

The twin electric motors have a total (combined) peak power output of 160 km and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. They are developed to supplement the 2.2-liter CDI BlueTec diesel, which has been given a Brabus PowerXtra DE (V) performance tuning kit, including an auxiliary control unit and revised engine mapping that’s meant to optimize fuel economy and cut emissions.

Even if the BlueTec diesel’s power has been given a slight boost due to Brabus’ modifications (from 197hp to 220hp), its main goal had been to increase torque (which was raised from 295 to 330 lb-ft.).

This leads to improved throttle response whether the car is in hybrid or conventional (diesel mode). The Brabus Hybrid’s performance remains outstanding if the car has become heavier due to the electric motors and the Lithium-Ion battery pack. Brabus claims that the car can go from 60 to 120 km (37 to 74 mph) in 5.6 seconds – fairly impressive for a relatively heavy mid-size sedan.

The car has also received the usual upgrades to Brabus exterior, including a unique front fascia, aluminum front fenders and rocker panel extensions, and a set of 19-inch Brabus Monoblock alloy wheels covered in Continental low-profile tires. It also comes with a height adjustable suspension with premium Bilstein shocks and enhanced brakes. The Benz E-Class cabin is made all the more special with an upgraded instrument cluster, special drilled foot pedals and Brabus LED illuminated sills.

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