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    Mercedes-Benz have claimed five new world speed records for one of their experimental cars. The?

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    Mercedes-Benz have claimed five new world speed records for one of their experimental cars. The car, the C-Triple One-Four recorded a top speed of more than four hundred kilometres an hour on a special round test track in southern Italy earlier this month (May).

    SYNOPSIS: The C-Triple One-Four is purely an experimental car. Its designers use it to test the effects of new aerodynamic features and spoilers.

    The car is powered by a modified standard V-eight petrol engine which is fitted with two turbochargers.

    The Daimler Benz company consider the designing of new experimental cars a major test of their ability to keep ahead of competitors on the world car market. Last year the company's turnover rose to more than 27 billion DM (14 billion U.S. dollars). Mercedes use Michelin tyres with a low rolling resistance.

    With the world wide energy crisis, companies like Daimler Benz are experimenting to improve fuel economy in their cars.

    Dr. Hans Liebold, head of the car pre-testing department of Daimler Benz took the driver's seat for the world speed runs.

    The five records set by Dr. Liebold in the C-Triple One-Four are still subject to official confirmation. Four of the records of between three hundred and twenty kilometres per hour and three hundred and seventy-five kilometres per hour were set over distances of ten and one hundred kilometres and ten and one hundred miles.

    Two-way radio allowed close contact with Dr. Liebold during his world record attempts. The most impressive speed of four hundred and three kilometres and hour was set on a round track at the Nardo test centre. Mercedes officials are reported happy with the performance of the modern synthetic materials, such as carbon and boron fibres used in construction of the C-Triple-One-Four.

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