When Mercedes-Benz creates a new car, you can always expect that it is going to be a great car. In terms of design and abilities, those at Mercedes always have an eye on one thing: EXCELLENCE. In the 2011 UK JD Power Survey, Mercedes cars rated above average (scoring ahead of both BMW and Audi, but trailing behind in its quality rating to the industry leader Lexus. But we are not going to talk about the normal car here. Not the normal sedan, SUV, coupes, roadsters or convertibles. We are going to look at Biome Beauty – The super car: Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept.
It is arguably one of the most powerful and beautiful car in the world. The Biome concept looks stunningly like nothing we’ve ever seen. Just look at the photos above (Credit to: NetCarShow.Com), the whole structure is completely out of the Jetsons with a nose that looks like a plane and wheels resembling those of its turbines. As for the interior, the 2+2 seating arrangement comes in the shape of a diamond with the driver seating in the middle up front with two passengers just behind him on either side and another one at the back.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultra-light material called Bio Fibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs. (around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. It was first introduced in 2010 at the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, when a group of designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised everyone with a revolutionary vision. Nature and environment was the inspiration behind the car’s design. Therefore, the Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material. Here’s what Hubert Lee (Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios) said about the car:
As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is powered by BioNectar4534, which is stored in the Bio Fibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it into BioNectar4534. Like plants, the Mercedes-Benz symbiosis vehicle also produces oxygen, thereby contributing to improving air quality. At the end of its service life, the Mercedes-Benz BIOME can be fully composted or used as building material. Thanks to the exclusive use of green technologies, the BIOME vehicle thus blends seamlessly into the ecosystem.
The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle grows when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds – Mercedes-Benz
Regarded as one of the most outlandish and ambitious concepts, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see a car like this in the near future – maybe never. However, it does give us a look at the idea of what a totally green vehicle should be or could be.
- Super Car: Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept