While SUV’s are good at going off-road, sometimes they are also stopped by some natural obstacles, such as deep snow or fine sand. Solution – tracks instead of wheels. Obviously, this transformation doesn’t really have a practical purpose, but some enthusiasts just enjoy looking different and driving in places where it shouldn’t be possible. Just look at this Audi S1 have fun on some beach in Europe.
You can simply buy snow tracks for a pickup truck or SUV. The conversion kit is simple to install and, if done properly, will not damage the car. However, in some cases some minor modifications will be needed. For example, we can see that bumpers of this Audi S1 have been cut to accommodate large tracks. Other than that, the car looks pretty stock, but we cannot say for certain. Have a look.
Obviously, these tracks are meant to be used in snow. We recon, this tracked S1 would probably look better in snow too – a standard Audi with a Quattro all-wheel drive system could drive around this beach without a problem. We definitely don’t know another S1 like this, so we can congratulate the owner for having such a unique little vehicle.
Porsche is one of those automotive companies that never shy away from a challenge. By now it has achieved so much that it really doesn’t need to prove anything. It makes probably the best sports cars in the world, it has reached countless victories in sport competitions, it is demonstrating impressive business results – it’s got everything. But Porsche SUV’s, as popular as they are, really didn’t get their medals. However, the Cayenne has now finally reached a new level of fame.
Obviously, Cayenne is a very important car for Porsche. It basically saved the company – that’s how popular it was. But it is not a sports car – it is a heavy SUV. So what is it good for?
Well, as you will see in the video, it is good for road tripping from the UK to France in comfort. That comes as no surprise. And then it can tow an Airbus A380 out of its hangar. Wait, what?
It is a new achievement in the Guinness World Records books. A completely standard Porsche Cayenne SUV managed to pull the 284 tonnes of a plane over the course of 100 feet (30.48 metres). The previous record belonged to the Nissan Patrol, which towed an aircraft weighing 170.91 tonnes. So the record was not only broken – it was crushed to pieces.
As you might have noticed, it was just a common diesel Porsche Cayenne with a 4.2 litre engine that did it. Sure it is powerful and has lots of torque, but it is just an ordinary car – you can buy one like this tomorrow and pull another Airbus A380 if you want to. Porsche experts just had to make sure that pressure in the tires was correct and that the car was in a good shape.
One might notice that it is not the most powerful SUV on the market. We don’t know how long it will take for someone to beat this record but there is no denying that it is mighty impressive. Porsche is famous for its reliability, speed and handling. And now for pulling a seriously heavy plane. It didn’t even look like it broke a sweat…
Isn‘t weird that SUV‘s are basically lifted limousines nowadays? They slowly drive around in completely clean urban environments, not even thinking about their ancestors which used to go hunting, farming, fishing and just enjoying places where roads simply don‘t exist. Mercedes-Benz, of course, is a famous luxury-car manufacturer, but do you know where and when did it start manufacturing luxury SUV‘s? They are celebrating their 20th year anniversary this May.
You‘ve heard of Mercedes-Benz SUV’s – and you’ve definitely heard of the famous G-Wagon (G-Class). But the truth is that the G-Wagon has only recently become a luxury car, still retaining the looks of a rugged off-roader. When it first came out in 1979 it was more of a military, farming and hunting vehicle that could go anywhere. There were not that many luxury SUV’s on the market up until recently and now everyone is making them.
Mercedes-Benz recognized this market opportunity back in the early 1990’s. The first details of the incoming concept were revealed in 1993 and three years later the “AAVision” concept car was revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. But at the same time, a different process, equally important to this story, was taking place.
When Mercedes-Benz saw the need for a car that can carry its passengers comfortably on the road as well as on rough terrain, it decided to manufacture it in a new plant. It being an SUV, it was decided that the manufacturing would take place in the US. The decision to build a new plant was revealed in 1993, its construction started in 1995 and in 1997 a new factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was ready to be opened.
Official introduction of the new factory was held on 21st of May 1997 and at the same time the new M-Class was revealed. It was far superior than the closest competition as it had fully independent suspension and made do without conventional differential locks, instead using an improved version of the Electronic Traction System. It was an instant hit. In fact, it was so popular that Mercedes had to manufacture a share of the M-Class production at the Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG plant in Graz, Austria.
Since then, the SUV range of Mercedes-Benz has grown significantly. The plant in Tuscaloosa was also constantly being improved and now it is twice as big as it was in the very beginning. The second generation of the M-Class was just a continuation of its big success story. It was of unibody construction, it featured improved handling, comfort and off-road ability. The third generation, introduced in 2011, is fresh, modern, full of safety tech and much more efficient. Since its facelift in 2015 it is no longer called M-Class. Now it is named GLE, to emphasize its belonging to the E-Class family.
Mercedes-Benz currently has five SUV’s in its range – G-Class, GLA, GLC, GLE and GLS. They are very desirable, especially bonkers AMG models. So this success story has not ended and it really should not, since SUV‘s are enjoying increasing popularity.
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