With the research project F 300 Life-Jet featured at the 57th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Mercedes-Benz presents some creative ideas on vehicle designs for the future that both young and adult drivers will enjoy. This two-seater three-wheeler concept is equipped with advanced technology, combining the thrills and cornering dynamics of a motorbike with the safety and comfort of a saloon car - a thrilling combination that offers unique driving experience.
Thanks to a new active tilt control system, the front wheels and body of the vehicle lean into the bend while cornering. This means that the F 300 Life-Jet merges cornering speeds comparable to those of a motorbike with premium standards of active safety. Furthermore, the tilt control increases the ride comfort for the passengers, allowing them to remain virtually unaffected by centrifugal forces while cornering. A precise electronic system calculates the ideal angle of tilt suitable for any situation, considering the car's speed, acceleration, steering angle, and yaw. The instructions are then transferred to a hydraulic cylinder on the front axle that, in correlation to the steering angle, moves out one of the two spring struts to generate the required degree of lean, which can reach up to a maximum of 30 degrees.
Engine and transmission taken from the A-class
The engine and transmission of the three-wheeler are conveniently arranged between the interior compartment and the back wheel, utilizing the 1.6 litre 75 kW/102 hp engine from the new Mercedes-Benz A-class. This four-cylinder motor propels the F 300 Life-Jet from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.7 seconds, granting the advanced three-wheeler the performance of powerful sports cars or roadsters, with a top speed of 211 km/h.
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