The F 400 Carving features a new kind of Active Body Control (ABC) coupled with an active hydropneumatic system. This influences both the springing and damping of the car. The result, once again, is enhanced handling safety and better ride comfort.
The headlight system is another new development. The light source and headlight proper are separate – glass fibres transmit the combined light of the xenon bulbs to the apertures without loss, where it is distributed across the roadway by special lenses. This has special benefits for the design of the sports car’s front, because the headlights occupy very little space. On bends, depending on the angle of the wheels, additional side headlights switch on; they also function as fog lamps. The indicators are high-performance light-emitting diodes, whose light is distributed by prismatic rods.
Research into materials was also undertaken for the F 400 Carving. The body is made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and weighs just over 100 kilograms. The space frame chassis is made of steel, aluminium and CFRP. The F 400 Carving roadster brings back the gullwing doors – a distinctive characteristic of special Mercedes-Benz sports cars.