Specialists in 190E Evolution 1 & Evolution 2

Evolution Chassis

The Suspension on the Evolution is a very sporty setup which increases road handling but lowers drive comfort!
Suspension has hydraulic dampers which are electrically controlled by a rocker switch mounted to the left of the steering wheel. There are three height settings; Normal, Low (for race type handling) and High (for bumpier road surfaces!).
The hydraulics work of a pump which is mounted on the front of the engine run off the camshaft drive.
The front and rear suspenion setup has individually mounted springs and dampers which increases handling performance!
When the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 1 and 2 came out, They were both considered to be one of the best handling cars in the world!
Both Evolution 1 and 2 shared the same chassis components.

Large 16" wheels were fitted to deploy the power on the evo 1, with 17" wheels fitted to the Evo 2. Both had massive 300mm discs and four-piston calipers ready to slow it all down again.


1- SLS pump
2- SLS reservoir
3- SLS levelling valves
4- SLS pressure spheres
5- Rear SLS struts/shocks
11- Front SLS struts/shocks
50- SLS oil distribution valve
51- SLS electric height levelling valve
52- SLS height adjustable switch
53- SLS height adjustable switch stop valve
54- Front SLS height adjusting valve
55- Rear SLS height adjusting valve

The Level control system with level adjustment on the front and rear axles is a semi-supporting hydropneumatic suspension system. In contrast to the normal level control system on the rear axle, which only operates at a given spring compression. The preselected level is regulated in all load conditions by the level adjustment system. The level can be lowered from the normal position by approx. 15mm or raised by approx. 30mm as required via the level adjustment switch on the instrument panel.

The level can be changed either when the vehicle is moving or with the vehicle stationary and the engine running. Since, in comparison with the normal level control system, the hydraulic system carries a significantly higher share of the load, the springs are of a suitably weaker design.

ABOVE: Shows the standard hydraulic front suspension on the evolutions.
BELOW: Standard Evolution Metal Hydraulic suspension reservoir.


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