SUPERSTRUCTURE AND AERODYNAMICS

This article describes the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which won the International Van of the Year Award in 1995. The van is a successor to the remarkably successful Mercedes-Benz T1 van. The Sprinter's main feature is the almost uninterrupted contour of its hood and windshield, for which the front end was extended by 290mm. This results in more comfort and convenience for its occupants, and improved aerodynamic conditions. A crumple zone of 520mm, similar to that of a passenger car, has also been achieved for a direct head-on collision, with low deformation in the cockpit area and footwell, and steering column displacement well below the limits for cars. The article gives details of: (1) the overall dimensions of various Sprinter versions; (2) bodyshell/superstructure; (3) superstructure concept; (4) underbody with front end; (5) shell-type side walls; (6) roof; (7) assembly sequence; (8) aerodynamics; and (9) basic shape. There is also a discussion of development work to reduce drag, platform vehicles, and investigations of fouling resistance. One reason for the Sprinter's high quality is that many of the requirements were considered throughout its development, such as an aerodynamic drag of 19% less than its predecessor. For the covering abstract see IRRD 881545.

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  • Authors:
    • FIETZ, P
    • WEISSHAPPEL, H
  • Publication Date: 1996

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00725418
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM