How they did it: The Mercedes G-Class Amber Cube

Stuttgart, Germany – When Mercedes Benz- revealed their G- Class in the ‘Amber Cube’ many people’s first question who saw the amazing centrepiece during the 2018 Detroit motor show in January, a first-generation 1979 280 GE cast into an ‘Amber Cube’, was “How the hell did they do that?”

So months later the maker has released a ‘making of’ video, showing just how it was done, the video includes a few numbers that’ll leave you just mind blown when you view it for the first time.

The maker said the the block isn’t actually amber, but it’s a two-part epoxy resin, which has to be premixed and poured slowly, to prevent bubbles forming, into the huge rectangular mould, in which the G-Wagen, carefully cleaned of almost four decades’ worth of polish to prevent silicon contamination, was suspended until the bottom layer had hardened sufficiently to take the weight.

So you might ask, why an amber cube? According to Mercedes  it’s a play on the claim that the new G-Class shares most of its DNA with the 1979 original.

And Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche who held up a piece of real amber with a prehistoric insect caught in it at the reveal, said it was like  Jurassic Park-style, “This is how nature preserves DNA,” then pointing to the cube and adding “And this is how we do it!”


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