Mercedes has released information on a new concept car they are working on, the Mercedes F700. The idea is to create a car with limousine power, refinement, and luxury with super low fuel consumption. Basically it’s a new toy to make the rich feel better about using Mexicans to mow their enormous yards. But hey, that’s just me and it does look awfully pretty and futuristic.
The engine is a 1.8-litre four cylinder, with twin overhead camshafts with variable timing and two turbochargers acting independently according to a series of valves in the intake system. The fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and the air enters the combustion chambers via either of the two different-sized turbochargers and an inlet-charge cooler. There is also a swirl plate to induce the fuel to spread evenly throughout the combustion charge.
The design is described by Dr Günter Karl as a different approach to the problem. Sounds 007ish.