Technoseum Mannheim shows the history of automotive engineering

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Historic vehicles, theme rooms and interactive stations will show the Technoseum Mannheim from 17 March 2017 in a permanent exhibition. A car “Made in Germany” stands like hardly another product for German valuable work.

In Germany, the country where the car was invented in 1886, automotive engineering is a key industry that faces great challenges. Whether it’s the fully networked factory, electromobility, autonomous driving or car sharing: production is currently changing as much as the use of the car.

From its beginnings in Mannheim to the future prospects of the industry, the Technoseum dedicates a new area to its permanent exhibition. From March 17, 2017 onwards, the automotive sector will be accessible to the visitors and will showcase various interactive stations along with 18 cars and 23 two-wheelers. They can be used to imitate the driving skills of the autopioniere, who still bobbled with steel rims over the cobblestone streets, or construct a model car together with a robot.

“The Technoseum recognizes in the new exhibition unit Mannheim as the cradle of the car production, which is possible through numerous objects and archival materials, which originate from the family of the car-inventor Carl Benz,” says Dr. Hajo Neumann, speaker at the Technomuseum and curator of the Exhibition on automotive engineering.

The Technoseum received the objects last year as donation of Gertrud Elbe, widow of a main family from the Benz family. In the new exhibition, for example, a letter from Henry Ford to Carl Benz, a travel report from an early Benz customer and an autopieier’s round box, as well as a touring car from 1924 manufactured by the company C. Benz Söhne in Ladenburg.

Part of the show are numerous cultivates, with which some visitors will be able to combine their own memories: these include a VW Beetle with the legendary pretzel window, a VW Bulli T2, a Trabbi and a BMW Isetta “, as well as a Wankel Ro 80, a stylicone of the 1980s.

Particularly curious: The amphicar from the 1960s, which was deployed on land and water, imitating US-American road crosses with its chrome strips and tail fins. Visitors can also take part in the tour through a virtual automobile manufactory from 1914.

This shows that production on the assembly line is significantly faster, but less attention can be paid to individual customer requirements. If you want, you can finally build a car model from components that were previously printed on the 3D printer, or at a section of an original production line from Zuffenhausen, how the body of the Porsche 911 was once welded together.

Information: To the website of the Technomuseum Mannheim

Claus-Detlev Bues

Claus-Detlev Bues

Claus-Detlev Bues has been working as a senior editor for caravaning for decades. In addition to several print titles, he is also responsible for online reporting as a D.C.I chief editor and also oversees the areas of test and technology. Several books about caravaning come from his pen. In his spare time, he likes to work on oldtimers and is an active self-employed and developer of motorhomes with whom he is traveling all over Europe.
Claus-Detlev Bues