The subsequent transition across the south of France and Spain leads the team through the Pyrenees and on to Andalusia, whilst also serving as a reminder of just how different the various landscapes are. Within the team, the first unanimous opinion of the vehicles is formed: DISTRONIC Plus is the most useful feature when you have 1,500 kilometres of motorway to cover.
The destination is ever closer: Almeria, Spain. One of the most arid places in all of Europe. Particularly in summer, this place offers the perfect conditions to discover new stars. The Max Planck Institute has the biggest reflector telescope in Western Europe atop the Calar-Alto. 70 km to the south and 2,168 metres lower is the Michelin testing ground where development engineers test the dust-proofing and rough road characteristics of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.