At the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes Benz made a lot of noise with its C112 concept. Created in conjunction with the formula “stable” Sauber on the basis of the C11 racing model, the public liked it so much that they even collected about 700 pre-orders for it and wanted to start mass production.
True, in the end everything remained only in words. Let’s figure out what was so interesting about this interesting car. Mercedes C112 has become a real testing ground for testing the latest technical developments of the manufacturer. Many solutions, first used in this car, will appear on serial geldings only in almost ten years.
For example, the Active body control system, where the suspension settings were changed by the computer using information from various sensors. On the serial Mercedes CL, it will appear only after 8 years, in 1999.
Or elements with active aerodynamics, namely the front and rear spoilers, which extend at speed for the necessary downforce, or retractable for better aerodynamics. All this will be in ordinary Mercedes, but only in the next century. And then only a few could boast of such “freaks”, even among sports cars.
Even the Mercedes C112 had the most complex electronic, or, as the developers called it, “cybernetic” steering and steering rear wheels. Plus active cruise control, which will appear on the production S-class only in the late 90s. In general, the stability of the behavior of this model with the most powerful engine on the road was right.
It also looks good today. This is a modified six-liter production V12 from the famous 600s Mercedes with a rated maximum power of 408 hp. at 5000 rpm. If the production of the car had been established, it would have become at that time the most powerful production engine in the world. All this power was transmitted to the wheels using a six-speed manual transmission.
For the first time since the fifties, Mercedes-Benz has used its famous gull-wing doors on the C112. The concept also received a luxurious leather interior, climate control, ABS and ASR systems and an excellent audio system Blaupunkt Mexico 2000. At the same time, there was no trunk or space for a spare wheel in the supercar.
It is a pity that this project never went into production. Perhaps because the technologies used in its construction were still “damp”. Perhaps the management of the company considered that they did not need a supercar in the lineup. Be that as it may, in Stuttgart they will return to them in the late 90s along with the CLK GTR and SLR McLaren. And the new AMG One is generally created with a clear eye on this concept.