Compact models of the Mercedes A Class and B grade with high practice, and have found favor with over 2.5 million customers in a row. A special example of a single plant was built in Rastatt, Class B and shows a completely new: a B 55 with a V8 engine and rear wheel drive.
The idea came from the director of the Rastatt plant, Peter Wesp. Gave some of his staff the task of creating a very special vehicle based on the Series B – letting your creativity to decide what and how. Andreas Wurz, a foreman in the department of vocational and technical training, immediately accepted the challenge. He looked very closely at this great compact, called using a tape measure and came up with an idea that not only surprised and delighted with your boss and colleagues, but also to students: “It is actually possible to fit a V8 in the engine compartment. ”
With his foreman electric co Matthias Rieger / installation section of electronics, which has assembled a team of twelve second year and third year students specializing in mechanics and microelectronics production car.
Human resources, Martin Spicali promised financial support made the project a realistic proposition in the first place. And a “victim ” (Wurz) for the conversion was also quickly found: a B 200 CDI, which had anyway been delegated to the training workshop for learning purposes. Although students completely disassemble the car, Wurz was in search of a suitable engine and found what he wanted. And make no mistake: the 5.5-liter V8 that develops 388 hp was transplanted in class B with a seven-speed automatic transmission and engine control unit. The latter proved to be a headache later, as he had to be reprogrammed to process only signals the rear axle.
For the brakes, the team also struck gold in parts in the catalog, this time in the C32 AMG list. Perforated and internally ventilated brake disc size 345 x 34 mm were implanted in the perforated front brake discs and ventilated size of 300 x 30 mm rear. The system is combined with the elimination of 8.5 x 18 AMG sport wheels in a five-spoke design with 235/40 ZR18 front tires and shoes in 9 x 18 inches with 255/35 ZR18 rear.
When the inside is concerned, the Friends of the training workshop in Sindelfingen have been able to help provide for the adjustment Alcántara A, B and C-pillars and a ceiling in the same luxurious material. The seats in leather / Alcantara combination was provided by experts from Johnson Controls, which are at the site of Rastatt. Final touches were added to the B 55 in the paint shop of the Rastatt plant.