Mercedes-Benz Vans: Victorious stars at Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016

Mercedes-Benz Vans: Victorious stars at Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016
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April 2016
Stuttgart/Essaouira

Stuttgart/Essaouira – 2500 kilometres through Morocco: about two weeks ago four teams from Mercedes-Benz Vans started at the women's Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in Erfoud. Now the teams crossed the finishing line in their all-wheel-drive vans. In the port city of Essaouira they celebrated their leading positions in the "Crossover" category – as can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuPHkoC4Q-I.

Mercedes-Benz Vans teams victorious

The winners in the "Crossover" category are: Viola Hermann and Vanessa Wagner. The 45-year-old goldsmith from Stuttgart and the 38-year-old master plumber/heating installer from Hattersheim outperformed the competing teams. It was not speed that counted, but completing the rally with as few kilometres as possible on the clock – only using a map and compass for navigation. The victory ceremony was held on 2 April. There was no prize money; the proceeds from the rally were donated to charity.

The other placings in the "Crossover" category are as follows:

  • Position 3 for Bianca Manz (31-year-old, engineer, from Esslingen)
    and Alexandra Jansen (29-year-old, engineer, from Cologne).

  • Position 4 for Dr Eva Holzhäuser (31-year-old, graduated radio-oncologist, from Bad Kreuznach) and Nicole Marquardt
    (32-year-old, sales expert, from Böblingen).

  • Position 6 for Madeleine Oster (27-year-old, master carpenter/roofer, from Bernkastel-Kues) and Catrin Peest (50-year-old, master joiner, from Heidelberg).

Mercedes-Benz vans with plenty of traction in the Moroccan desert

The teams from Mercedes-Benz Vans were at the wheel of standard-production vans that had undergone only minor modifications: Hermann/Wagner and Holzhäuser/Marquardt in a Vito 119 BlueTEC 4x4, Manz/Jansen and Oster/Peest in a Sprinter 316 BlueTEC 4x4. The vans – all featuring 4x4 all-wheel drive – fared superbly in the extreme conditions on the mostly loose surfaces along the route and demonstrated excellent traction.

Vehicle data at a glance:

 

Vito 119 BlueTEC 4x4

 

 

Sprinter 316 BlueTEC 4x4

 

 

Powertrain

4x4 all-wheel drive

4x4 all-wheel drive

Engine

OM 651

OM 651

Displacement

2143 cc

2143 cc

No. of cylinders

4 in-line

4 in-line

Output

140 kW/190 hp

120 kW/163 hp

Max. torque

440 Nm at 3800 rpm

360 Nm at 1400 – 2400 rpm


Eighth participation, fifth victory for Mercedes-Benz Vans

This year Mercedes-Benz Vans competed for the eighth time in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, celebrating its fifth victory in the "Crossover" category. In 2009, Mercedes-Benz Vans recorded its first triumph with a Viano 4MATIC. The second victory, in 2011, was with a Vito 4x4. In 2014 and 2015, the triumphant drivers crossed the finishing line in a Sprinter 4x4.

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Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 demonstrates excellent traction at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 demonstrates excellent traction at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 demonstrates excellent traction at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016.Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 demonstrates excellent traction at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 demonstrates excellent traction at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016.Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Vanessa Wagner with the Vito 4x4. Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Viola Hermann.Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Alexandra Jansen and Bianca Manz with the Sprinter 4x4.Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Alexandra Jansen and Bianca Manz.Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Dr Eva Holzhäuser and Nicole Marquardt with the Vito 4x4.Four teams participate for Mercedes-Benz Vans at the der Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Displayed here: Viola Hermann.Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 and Sprinter 4x4 in action in the Moroccan desert.Teams from Mercedes-Benz Vans successfully cross the finishing line of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016. Viola Hermann and Vanessa Wagner celebrate their victory in the "Crossover" category in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016.
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