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Meyle develops front axle prototype for drift vehicles


Meyle will present the prototype of an individually developed front axle, which was developed in cooperation with the professional drift championship Drift United, at the Essen Motor Show in Germany, December 1-9.

The body of the Mercedes Benz C-Class W204 and the powertrain of the Mercedes Benz E 55 AMG.

Meyle says its engineers have developed an axle with a unique geometry, 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.

In drifting, the fine art of vehicle control, the chassis and steering parts in particular must deliver maximum performance. To withstand the extremely high loads and minimise wear, these components are specifically designed for the drift vehicle to ensure control during drifting and allow the desired degree of oversteer.

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.

Martin Montag, founder of Drift United said: “With Meyle, we have had a strong partner at our side since 2018, who supports us with comprehensive engineering know-how and can develop and manufacture the right solution for us”.