Mercedes-Benz creates bizarre concept car

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mercedes-Benz creates bizarre concept car that looks like a 19th century carriage

It bears more than a passing resemblance to an old-fashioned carriage, but Mercedes-Benz claims this roadster could be the car of the future.

Built by 150 trainees, the car combines traditional design features with the latest technology.

It can reach a top speed of 15.5miles an hour and has a range of 220miles.

It has large spoked wheels that hark back to the first Benz Motor Car of 1886, it is powered by a hybrid drive system using an emission-free fuel cell.

The students from Daimler AG have worked on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the F-CELL Roadster for a year. The project was created to train the junior employees in alternative drive systems.

The car has a top speed of 15.5miles an hour

Car is operated by a joystick and powered by an electric motor

They included carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers and a distinctively styled fiberglass front section, inspired by Formula One racing cars.

The roadster is controlled with drive-by-wire technology, and a joystick takes the place of a conventional steering wheel.