Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Build THE Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future!

One day during the early 1920’s Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler sat down in Germany and agreed to merge their two car companies into one and start producing Mercedes-Benz cars. They had each made their own versions of the world’s first petrol-driven cars back in 1886. Within years, Gottlieb Daimler sold his first truck – almost 120 years ago!

Some of the first Mercedes-Benz branded diesel powered trucks were built in Stuttgart in 1923. Today, in 2015, half of all trucks on the German roads are Mercedes-Benz trucks.

Just imagine how Karl and Gottlieb would react if they were time-warped from 1925 to 2015 to witness just how big, fast and capable the Mercedes-Benz trucks have become 90 years later! What would they say if they could see what their vision has led to?

Your vision…

Think the new LEGO® Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 is the coolest Technic set ever made? (Yeah, we like it, too!) And have you thought about what the perfect truck would look like if you could design your own?

Hold that thought, and now, imagine yourself traveling 30 years into the future, to 2045. You’re taking a brand new Mercedes-Benz Truck out for a spin. It’s the truck of your dreams! What does it look like? How does it move, and what will it haul? What will be required of a truck in the year 2045? What will it be fueled by – diesel, electricity, recycled waste, or something completely different?

Be a visionary, and build the ultimate Mercedes-Benz Truck of the future with LEGO Technic!

Ready, research, design!

How to join

Look back 30 years: how have truck designs evolved since 1985? And looking ahead, can you spot the latest trends in truck design, alternative fuels, transportation needs, infrastructure changes, and combine it all into the perfect future truck?

To join the competition, research, design, and build your model, take a great picture and upload it, and if you feel like recording a video of your design process, feel free to send that to us, too.

Rev up your engines, and join the competition on here on ReBrick! You will find all the fun details and small print there - we can’t wait to see your designs! Enter now until October 5th, 2015!


One talented design winner will take home an exclusive first prize: LEGO Technic models worth 1,000 EUR, a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Nine runners-up will each be awarded a signed LEGO Technic 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 box, and a specialized Winner certificate.

Before you get started, make sure to read the official rules here.

Watch a video about the competition below:

Happy building, and good luck from the LEGO Technic Team!


Unknown said...

30 years from now?

Hmmm. Will diesel still be available?

Or are we looking at a horse drawn Mercedes buggy by then?


TechnicBRICKs said...


You can Google for some MB futuristic prototypes/concepts as well as Volvo ones!

Mark Bellis said...

I decided 6 weeks wasn't long enough for me to make a decent truck, given that I am also building a jet engine model >50cm diameter so I will share the concept here if anyone would like a few tips.

I conceived a truck with a gas turbine hybrid system, a bit like the Jaguar concept car but truck-sized. This would use the gas turbine (350HP) for constant-engine-speed running (most efficient) and the hybrid system for town driving (clean) and for overtake boost and hill climbing on motorways (boosting to 500HP), helping to keep the gas turbine efficient at cruising speed. The gas turbine could burn any fuel from liquid natural gas through petrol, kerosene and diesel so it would adapt to whatever fuel is left or can be grown by 2050. Typical marine and energy-sector gas turbines have multi-fuel inlets and lean-burn systems so they can burn both LNG and diesel cleanly. Weight is important for a truck but not quite so critical as on an aircraft, so it could afford the extra equipment for fuel adaptability. The gas turbine would have a generator and not be linked directly to the wheels. A high-speed 9V or PF motor could be the mock-up generator and drive it whilst PF L or XL motors drove the wheels.

The truck would be 6x2 with a rear steering axle. I would base it on 42043's chassis, with the front from the alternative model instructions. I had a go at mounting the steering axle on the rear sub-frame of the original truck instead of the rearmost driving axle (removing the diff, adding beams and a rack) but it was not easy to get the control onto the chassis and through to the front of the truck.

The truck function would be a road sweeper, with pneumatic sweeping functions (brush and vacuum each side = 4 small cylinders) and keeping the LA tipping function. I mocked up a top canopy to fit in the tipper body area, using white panels from 42025 Cargo Planes. The rear steering would be useful in cities, where tight street corners could be negotiated, as well as those wheels providing support for tipping at the rubbish dump. I googled pictures of road sweeper vehicles to see the layout and functionality - aiming to get enough functions into the model as if it were a Technic kit with a price point.

In terms of cab design, I looked at the brief and some truck concept web pictures and thought "Surely this has to be about more than making a smoother cab out of LEGO". For the gas turbine air intake I would make the Mercedes logo larger as the basis of the round intake in the grille area, perhaps using a 3-lobe liftarm. There would need to be larger-volume exhaust pipes as a gas turbine uses a lot of airflow.

You are all welcome to try this concept. I think it fits the engineering part of the future date as well as having plenty of functions if they did want to make a kit out of it. If you do try it, please post a link to some pictures here.

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