At the Essen Motor Show 2018, MEYLE will present the prototype of an individually developed front axle, which was developed in cooperation with the professional drift championship DRIFT UNITED. In addition to axle kinematics, MEYLE’s chassis and steering experts also designed axle components such as transverse control arms, tie rods, steering gears and connections to the wheel carrier to meet the specifications and heavy demands of drift sports. Among other things, the length and shape of the transverse control arm was adapted to the special requirements of drifting. The drift vehicle with the axle components installed will be on display at the DRIFT UNITED stand (Hall 5, Stand C10) at the Essen Motor Show.
The joint development of MEYLE and DRIFT UNITED focused in particular on axis geometry: These were developed by MEYLE engineers for the special drift vehicle – also a unique specimen consisting of the body of the Mercedes Benz C-Class W204 and the powertrain of the Mercedes Benz E 55 AMG.
“Controlled drifting on a professional level is not possible with normal steering. This requires a specially designed transverse control arm, which enables a high steering angle and therefore a larger drift angle. Normally, 40 degrees is the limit for road vehicles,” said Martin Montag, founder of DRIFT UNITED.
In close cooperation with the experts at DRIFT UNITED, MEYLE developed the prototype for an individual transverse control arm that allows the steering angle to be extended to up to 60 degrees. The ESSEN MOTOR SHOW is Europe’s largest and most important performance show for tuning, motor sports, sporty production vehicles, classic cars and motorcycles.