Elegant cars, powerful engines, a motor-racing atmosphere. The latest technology in every automobile that leaves our premises. You might expect to find Carlsson on a large technological or industrial estate. But you would be quite wrong. The Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH, which was founded by brothers Rolf and Andreas Hartge in 1989, is located at Gut Wiesenhof, a manor house near the town of Merzig in Southwest Germany. The company name honours Swedish rally driver Ingvar Carlsson, our technology partner who, together with Björn Waldegard and Walter Röhrl, made motor-racing history in the Mercedes Rally Team.
From a manor house to a high-tech enterprise
Gut Wiesenhof is a historical manor house with outbuildings and grounds, for the renovation of which the Hartge brothers have been awarded a prize for the preservation of a historical monument. The house and outbuildings are idyllically situated in 25,000 square metres of parkland close to the borders of Germany, France and Luxembourg. Gut Wiesenhof is first mentioned in the chronicles in 1835. Following the completion of his model farm, the original owner, Baron Constantin von Briesen, began to breed thoroughbred horses. Today, the historical outbuildings house engine test benches, an electronics laboratory and– last but not least – powerful, tuned Mercedes-Benz cars. A multifarious range that stretches from the A to the S Class.
Tradition and innovation
Tradition and innovation under the same roof. A contradiction? Only at first glance because high-grade products can only be made when sound workmanship, experience and modern technology come together. The best way to ensure that quality endures is by continuously improving existing achievements through the use of the latest technologies. And, perhaps, Baron von Briesen would have felt a twinge of pride if he could see what thoroughbred 'horse power' looks like in this day and age …