How did we get here?
Our story started with our founder and CEO Hendrik Elbe and his never-ending curiosity…
He got his first car when he was 14 years old, it was an old Ford Taunus MK4. As the car was old and needed a lot of work, it was an excellent teacher for Hendrik to understand the basics around the engineering of an internal combustion engine and how cars work in general. At first, he got his lessons from his father but as his curiosity grew, he started to lurk around different forums on the internet on car restoration projects and car tuning specifically.It was through these forums that Hendrik got the motivation, knowledge and his first taste for car tuning and restoration. Having practiced his hand on the old Ford and gathered knowledge, Hendrik got his first Mercedes-Benz (190E 1.8) at the age of 17. Immediately he wanted to make it faster, more powerful.
The first part he replaced on his newly acquired MB was the engine – he bought a 3.2L M104 engine for it. After the instalment of the engine, he wanted to install a differential lock. As he searched the internet, he quickly found that there really was no good fit for older cars in regard of tuning parts. As a problem solver and an inventor at heart, he decided to design and build his own differential lock system. After the development and positive results from testing the system, this became the very first product Elbe Engineering sold. The differential system is still on the product list and it is popular to this day.
Where are we now?
From mechanical parts we have also moved into production and work with smarter tuning parts (e.g. ECU – engine control units, EFI – electronic fuel injection kits, etc.). Our passion and drive has taken us all over the World having now exported our MB tuning parts to over 45 countries worldwide.
Our curiosity and love has not flamed out and we are continuously striving for better – we have cooperated in numerous innovation projects with different universities/scientific research institutions, worked with industrial machines, etc. and continue to do so.