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The latest marvel from the minds at Mercedes-Benz — the Vision One-Eleven, an electric sports car that catapults automotive innovation into the stratosphere. With a design language that dances on the edge of dynamism and a groundbreaking all-electric powertrain, this beast redefines the standards in the realm of supercars. Drawing inspiration from the legendary C 111 experimental vehicles, the Vision One-Eleven not only pays homage to its roots but also boldly embraces a futuristic vision of automotive luxury.
Gorden Wagener, the Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz Group AG, doesn’t mince words: “Our goal at Mercedes-Benz is not to do styling — our goal is to create icons.” He underlines the distinction between mainstream design and true luxury, citing legendary vehicles like the Type 300 SL and C 111, both adorned with iconic gullwing doors, as integral to their design DNA.
Now, let’s talk about the Vision One-Eleven’s exterior, a masterpiece crafted with the precision of a one-bow design. From its sleek front end to the muscular hindquarters, the smooth bow-shaped silhouette is a sculptural feast for the eyes. The copper-orange alubeam paintwork, paying homage to the iconic C 111, adds an opulent touch, changing hues with the light and setting the Vision One-Eleven apart from its predecessors.
Under the hood, or should we say, under the sleek exterior, resides an innovative electric powertrain. Developed in collaboration with YASA, the high-performance axial-flux motors, coupled with a groundbreaking battery concept from the gurus at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrain, deliver a performance that redefines the electric mobility game.
As for the doors, well, they’re not just doors; they’re flush-fit gullwing doors, creating an enigmatic allure. The pixelated patterned side windows and large-diameter wheels seamlessly integrated into flared wings scream sportiness and aerodynamic finesse. The design, inspired by electric motor windings, is a clear nod to the cutting-edge, all-electric powertrain technology propelling the Vision One-Eleven into the future.
The low-slung front and rear skirts, finished in matte black, command attention, creating a seamless transition between the car and the ground. The “keel line,” inspired by the C 111’s black lower body-shell, adds a touch of unity with the road, leaving an indelible mark on anyone fortunate enough to witness this marvel in motion.
Moving to the front-end design, a flexible external display takes center stage, interpreting the C 111’s characteristic round lights in a digitized form. This high-tech feature not only pays homage but also adds a dash of innovation to the Vision One-Eleven’s mesmerizing appearance. The rear mirrors the front with a powerfully profiled diffuser and pixelated structure in the red taillights, creating a visual experience that borders on hypnotic.
Step inside the Vision One-Eleven, and you’ll find yourself in the first sports car interior with a lounge concept. It’s a forward-thinking approach that seamlessly transitions between self-driven and autonomous electric vehicles. In race mode, it transforms into a minimalist driving machine, while in lounge mode, the seats meld into the interior, creating a spacious and relaxed ambiance.
In the world of automotive marvels, the Mercedes-Benz Vision One-Eleven stands tall, not just as a car but as an icon, pushing boundaries and redefining the very essence of luxury and performance.
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