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FIA Awards Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI For Record Drive
Posted on December 12, 2005 at 10:30 AM CST

Rear View Of Mercedes-Benz E320CDI

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or simply, the FIA, has recently awarded Mercedes-Benz for their record 100,000 mile drive that took place earlier this year.

The record drive launched the career of the new Mercedes V6 CDI diesel engine, which replaced the previous five and six-cylinder in line engines in the summer of 2005.  After mounting the new 165kW/224 hp engine in three standard E320 CDI models, drivers covered distances of 100,000 kilometers (average speed: 140.37mph), 50,000 miles (average speed: 140.09mph) and 100,000 miles (average speed: 139.70) in world record time.

Despite the extreme testing conditions, the vehicles' diesel particulate filters all completed their tests without needing any maintenance, proving once and for all the dependability of Mercedes' diesel exhaust technology.

Dr. Michael Kramer, head of development for the C-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class models, had this to say:  "I am very pleased about the award, which I accept on behalf of the young 'Laredo-Go team.' The key to our success was in the team spirit and quality of our products."

According to Max Mosley, president of the FIA: "This world record is a great achievement by everybody involved and demonstrates the extraordinary reliability and very high average speed of modern diesel engined cars. I think by this record it is shown how highly developed the Mercedes-Benz diesel technology is.”

For more info on the award, you can check out the full press release below.


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


FIA award for E 320 CDI world record drive

Stuttgart, Dec 12, 2005

The FIA has rewarded Mercedes-Benz for its unique achievement in the record 100,000 mile drive earlier this year. On 9th December, 2005, Dr. Michael Krämer, Head of Development for the C-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class models at the Mercedes Car Group, accepted the award from FIA President Max Mosley, giving credit to the young team of 30 drivers who took part in the record drive in Laredo, Texas with three standard model E 320 CDI vehicles.

The world records launched the career of the new Mercedes-Benz V6 CDI diesel engine, which replaced the previous five and six-cylinder in-line engines in the summer of 2005. The 165 kW/224 hp engine mounted in three standard E 320 CDI models, covered distances of 100,000 kilometres (average speed: 225,903 km/h), 50,000 miles (225,456 km/h) and 100,000 miles (224,823 km/h) in world record time.

Diesel vehicles also achieved further records in addition to the impressive per-formance at the record drive, which was held on a high speed test track in Laredo, USA. Despite the extreme conditions, the maintenance-free diesel particulate fil-ters weathered the entire record distance without a single problem - further proof of the dependability and longevity of this diesel exhaust technology. Dr. Michael Krämer: “I am very pleased about the award, which I accept on behalf of the young “Laredo-Go team“. The key to our success was in the team spirit and qual-ity of our products“.

FIA President Max Mosley:”This world record is a great achievement by everybody involved and demonstrates the extraordinary reliability and very high average speed of modern diesel engined cars. I think by this record it is shown how highly developed the Mercedes-Benz diesel technology is.”


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