On 29 January 1886, Carl Benz registered his “vehicle with gas-engine drive” at the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin. Last Saturday, precisely 125 years later, Mercedes-Benz hosted a celebratory event at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Amongst the 1,400 guests were our drivers Michael and Nico, Team Principal Ross Brawn, Mercedes-Benz Vice-President of Motorsport Norbert Haug and Mercedes-Benz DTM driver David Coulthard.
Michael, Nico and David each drove a Mercedes-Benz B-Class with fuel cell technology onto the stage to join the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chairman of the Daimler Board Dr Dieter Zetsche in getting the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive off to a symbolic start. This challenge will see three B-Class models with fuel cell technology complete a circuit of the globe in 125 days.
The 100% electrically powered vehicle uses a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery as its fuel source. The current is generated by the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, so the only emission on the road is water.
During the afternoon, Michael and Nico had paid a visit to the Design Centre at the Daimler plant in Sindelfingen, where they unveiled the third generation of the new Mercedes-Benz SLK.