1972 Mercedes-Benz ESF-13.
The 1972 Mercedes-Benz ESF 13 (Experimentier-SicherheitsFahrzeug -- or Experimental Safety Vehicle) was a stylistically revised variant of the ESF 5, presented at the 3rd International ESV Conference held from may 30th to June 2nd, 1972 in Washington D.C. (USA).
With restraint systems and other features adopted from the ESF 5, like a front-end extension including 420 mm hydraulic impact absorber.
The changes to the external dimensions resulted primarily from the redesign of the front and rear ends. The bumpers where now designed to be underrun, while the deformation path remained the same. The front and rear were extended to reduce the bumper overhang to a stylistically acceptable level.
• Curb weight ready to drive: 2100 kg (705 kg more than standard).
• Overall length: 5235 mm (550 mm more than standard)
The 1973 Mercedes-Benz ESF 22
The Mercedes-Benz ESF 22 Experimental Safety Vehicle was the third milestone in Mercedes-Benz's ESV program.
This international research program sought to improve the safety standards in automobiles. Thanks to airbags and belt tensioners, the ESF 22 gave the occupants a good chance of survival in the event of a head-on impact against a rigid barrier at 40 mph.
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