Mercedes previews Magic Sky Control folding SLK roof
Friday 15 October 2010
Mercedes has provided a glimpse of the new Magic Sky Control vario-roof to be offered as an option on its next-generation SLK roadster, which is due to be launched next year.
The original SLK, introduced in 1997, was one of the first open-topped cars to adopt the now-popular folding metal roof technology which has even made it onto some of the cheapest convertibles on the market. Recent folding hard-tops, such as that fitted to Renault's Megane CC and Porsche's re-born Targa, however, feature large glass, rather than metal, panels. Magic Sky Control is Mercedes' attempt to distinguish its glass roof from some of the others by overcoming one of the main disadvantages of clear tops – the heating up of the car interior in direct sunlight.
Magic Sky Control allows a transparent dark roof to be darkened within a few seconds at the press of a switch. Particles in the glass position themselves in order to allow light to pass through when a current is passed through the roof structure but when the current is switched off, they adopt random positions, which blocks the passage of light. Because the technology prevents light from shining through the roof when the current is switched off, the car's interior is protected from over-heating when it is parked and not in use. Darkening the roof when the car is occupied reduces the load on the air conditioning system; that cuts down on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Merecedes says Magic Sky Control will be available as an option costing less than EUR 2,000 when the next SLK goes on sale. The roof was shown to journalists fitted to an otherwise disguised example of the the new car, which appears to have a silhouette that is quite similar to that of the current model, although perhaps a little more muscular in appearance.
Life & Style blogs
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
iPhone 'Wave': iOS 8 hoax claims you can charge your iPhone in the microwave - you can't
London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015: Distraction could not disguise a distinct lack of focus
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
iOS 8 HealthKit catches a major bug, forcing Apple's fitness apps to lie down and take it easy
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
- 1 'The Fappening': Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how the internet reacted
- 3 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 4 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
£70000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group Head of Marketing and Communic...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...