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Sebastian Weihard Team Leader, Driving Assistance and Chassis Projects It’s not always easy to reconcile customers’ high expectations toward features and safety with their performance demands. But Sebastian Weihard loves the challenge. Born in Bavaria, the now 35-year-old completed his university degree in automotive engineering in Dresden and landed an internship with Mercedes- AMG in Affalterbach back in 2004. Alongside his role at Mercedes-AMG, the keen world traveler (Australia, New Zealand and Africa) completed a second degree in electrical engineering and information technology. When he isn’t busy helping to design the latest performance automobile, the thing Sebastian Weihard most likes to do is tend to his two children and his garden. Mr. Weihard, would you be offended if someone referred to you as an old hand at AMG? It sounds very strange, because I’m only 35 years old. But at Mercedes- AMG, the clocks simply tick much faster than they do elsewhere. I became an intern here in September 2004, and these days I’m simply just astounded sometimes by how much the AMG world has continued to evolve over the past 12 years. This has been a really eventful period. What would you say have been the most radical developments at Mercedes-AMG during this eventful period? When I came here in 2004, AMG was still gradually moving closer to its own initiatives. A Mercedes-AMG was fundamentally based on Mercedes-Benz technology. Back in those days, we made pretty straightforward changes for more performance. Then came our own axles, our own steering mechanism, the V8 developed at Mercedes- AMG, the Black Series models, then the SLS AMG — the first car that was our very own! At the time, I was the spokesman for the team that developed the steering system in the SLS AMG. That was an incredibly great feeling and a very exciting phase. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Was the SLS AMG really responsible for so much change? Yes. The SLS AMG simply had to happen. It was the next logical step in the company’s development. Mercedes- AMG was ready for that car, and we learned quickly. Not only in terms of 138


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