This is what could happen if futurists were allowed to reveal ideas on their time-travel sprees. Well, that sounds absurd but looking at Mercedes-Benz’s latest concept one can imagine what a 17th century carriage would look like if it had access to 21st century technology.
Built by 150 of its trainees, the F-Cell Roadster features spoked wheels the likes of which were once seen on Benz Motor Car of 1886, and sports a hybrid drive system that uses an emission-free fuel cell. Top speeds of 15.5miles an hour propel it to a 220mile range. Operable through a funky yet functional joy-stick using drive-by-wire technology, the roadstar is powered by an electric motor. Carbon-fiber bucket seats, hand-stitched leather covers and a fiberglass front section inspired by Formula One race cars complete the vehicle’s attire.
Students of the Daimler AG have worked on the overall concept, its development and assembly for over a year; the project was an initiative to train the junior employees in alternative drive systems. “I am delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project,” expresses Günther Fleig, Labor Relations Manager for the company.