Unimog U 500 with 4-wheel steering is the perfect tool for the snow in Austrian Vorarlberg area

Article by Christian A., on January 24, 2012

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog proved to be very useful at the aftermath of the tropical cyclone "Andrea" that hit the Austrian Vorarlberg region. The "Universal-Motor-Gerät" or "Universal Motor Device" (commonly known as the Unimog) is used all year round in clearing snow, cleaning the road and crash barrier, and grass verge mowing. However, it was seen to be surprisingly very effective in clearing over 10 meters of fresh snow on the Arlberg pass, the vital link between Austria's most westerly region and Innsbruck.

The Unimog fleet operates out of the Felsenau depot near Feldkirch/Frastanz, which is tasked to conduct road maintenance services on about two-thirds of the roads in the Vorarlberg region. The conditions were just as bad in the Montafon region, over towards the Silvretta high Alpine road, in the Great Walser Valley and on the Flexen route towards Zürs and Lech.

The 210 kW (286 hp) Unimog U 500 fitted with a Schmidt 105 front-end snow cutter was chosen for the task of clearing snow with a width of 2.60 metres. Helmut Feuerstein, technical director of the Felsenau depot, said that the Unimog cleared the excessive volume of snow from the roads.

The driver of the Unimog had to be very precise in maneuvering through the metre-high banks of snow on either side of the road. The Unimog’s effectiveness stems from its transferable steering system VarioPilot and the 4-wheel steering system as well as its 4‑wheel steering. Meanwhile, its turning circle is lower by as much as 30%.

Topics: unimog

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Bimmerpost has posted several cool pictures of the new BMW G30 540i and the new G31 generation BMW 5-Series Touring, with both wearing the brilliant Rhodonite Silver Individual colour. The...
by - October 23, 2017
A few years ago, Lotus tried to take on Porsche. They had a five-car plan to go against competitors like Ferrari and Aston Martin. Though it did not go well,...
by - October 23, 2017
To keep the Nissan Maxima interesting, the Japanese automaker gives the 2018 model year a number of small tweaks. Some of these include standard Android Auto, which is a new...
by - October 23, 2017
It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be...
by - October 23, 2017
While Tesla Motors continues to struggle with regards to the assembly of its much awaited Tesla Model 3, investment firm Oppenheimer & Co. is confident that its previous production estimates...
by - October 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries