Old-fashioned design fused with modern technology.
Please don’t adjust your monitors; you haven’t stumbled onto the ‘net, circa 1911. In fact, these images are of Mercedes-Benz’s latest concept car powered by fuel cells – just about as modern as you can get.
The car’s fuel cell produces 1.2kW of emission free power, taking the F-Cell to a 15.5mph top speed. At that speed hitting the range of 220 miles could prove an arduous task at best. Or at least it would be were the driver not sitting in carbon fibre bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers while controlling the F-CELL using a drive-by-wire joystick and no doubt admiring the fibreglass bodywork. All of which instead sounds rather pleasant; to me at least.
The F-CELL, as it is called, was designed by a group of trainees and its styling harks back to the original 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car – most notably evidenced by the large spoked wheels. The car will never see the light of day as a real product as its purpose was to simply encourage future Mercedes-Benz engineers to think about alternative drive systems. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting glimpse at where the company could be going, given these trainees are going to be shaping how the company works in the coming years.
More importantly: I wonder who gets to keep the prototype..?