Mercedes-Benz One-Eleven Idea: the design


Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Design Sketch Render

The One-Eleven Idea takes inspiration from the collection of C 111 experimental automobiles from the 60s and the 70s. which had been used to check revolutionary Wankel and turbodiesel engines.

1970 Mercedes-Benz C 111 Experimental Vehicles

1970 Mercedes-Benz C 111 Experimental Vehicles

They had been additionally prototypes for testing polymer-based bodyshells. The mid-engine sports activities automobiles are thought-about design icons of their period, not least as a result of their distinctive gullwing doorways and crowd pleasing orange-and-black paintwork.

From the official Press Launch:

Exterior Design

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Design Sketch Render

The physique of the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven centres on the execution of the One-Bow design. From the low-slung entrance finish to the muscular hind quarters, it runs in a easy bow that endows the simply 1,170 mm-high automobile silhouette with a particularly sculptural really feel.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Design Sketch Render

This harmonises  with the copper-orange alubeam paintwork and offers an unmistakeable reference to the distinctive color of the C 111.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Exterior Design

Additional notable options of the aspect view embrace the flush-fit gullwing doorways and the aspect home windows, that are opaque from the skin and camouflaged by a pixelated sample.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Design Detail Wheel and Pattern

One other is the large-diameter wheels inserted seamlessly into the wheel arches beneath voluminous flared wings. The wheel design incorporates parts evocative of electrical motor windings.

They stand in spirited distinction to the automobile’s minimalist and easy floor design, which is extra akin to a sculptural artwork piece. This distinction is typical of the X-factors the model applies to its design considering and a particular characteristic of the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Exterior Design

One other hanging distinction arises by way of the very low-slung entrance and rear skirts completed in matte black. The 2 deeply scooped aerodynamic parts are visually linked by two blade profiles in the identical color working alongside the flanks beneath the sills.

These profiles characteristic piercings which might be backlit in blue. The purposeful aerodynamic parts additionally function an extra design reference to the C 111, which is painted black on the decrease portion of its bodyshell.

The darkish “keel line” of the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven generates an impression of seamless transition between the automobile and the bottom beneath it that’s much more highly effective than that of the C 111. The type of the automobile seems fused with the street floor.

The front-end design

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Exterior Design

From the frontal facet, too, the  Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven is  evocative of the C 111. Intimately, nonetheless, there are  variations.

1970 Mercedes-Benz C 111 II with four rotor Wankel engine

On each automobiles the entrance finish consists of a low-lying rectangular aspect with rounded ends left and proper. On the C 111, this can be a closed plastic aspect with a honeycomb construction, fitted with spherical foglamps.

Within the corresponding half on the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven the panel is a versatile exterior show with a 3D pixelated look, which interprets the C 111’s attribute spherical lights in digitised type and may also convey messages to different street customers.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Design Detail Headlight

In distinction to the C 111, the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven bears a U-shaped and strongly profiled entrance apron. Above the slender gentle band, each forefather and descendant present additional similarities, most notably the black air intakes on the bonnet.

The rear-end design

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Exterior Design

The rear-end of the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven is likewise dominated by a diffuser. Spanning the breadth above it’s a show that echoes the form of its counterpart on the entrance finish and options the identical pixelated construction within the purple taillights. Just like the blade profiles alongside the perimeters, blue lighting results are additionally seen on the rear. The internal face of the wheels is fitted with round lighting parts.

Inside design

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior

Inside, the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven presents the primary sports activities automobile inside with a lounge idea. It displays the paradigm shift from self-driven sports activities automobile to autonomous electrical automobile inside the tremendous sportscar phase and unites two utterly completely different states of being.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior Design Sketch Render

In race mode with the backrest upright and the compact driver-oriented touchscreen, the inside turns into that of a minimalist driving machine. Conversely, in lounge mode, the seats are totally built-in into the inside sculpture, which merges sills, centre tunnel and baggage compartment right into a single unit.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior

This creates a complete new, exceptionally ethereal spatial idea. In distinction to earlier mid-engine sports activities automobiles, it takes benefit of the compact proportions of electrical motors to increase the inside rearwards. Consequently, the lounge-like inside invitations occupants to take their time and loosen up – a totally new strategy for the sports activities automobile of the long run.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior Design Sketch Render

The massive surfaces such because the dashboard are upholstered in white cloth displaying a tech-look honeycomb construction. The fabric is constituted of 100-percent recycled polyester. Different parts such because the armrests on the sills and centre console, in addition to the rear parcel shelf beneath the expansive rear windscreen, are clad in shiny orange leather-based. This creates a easy transition from inside to baggage compartment. The sustainably processed leather-based was tanned utilizing espresso bean husks. Polished aluminium within the steering-wheel spokes and inlaid as straps throughout the armrests underscore the tech feel and look. The identical applies to the brake and accelerator pedals, each of that are constituted of polished aluminium and flooring mounted.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior Seat and safety belt

In any other case, the inside gear within the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven has been decreased to a minimal. Like the outside, the duty right here too was to maintain the variety of add-on options to a naked minimal. The seats are good examples as they don’t observe the traditional format. As a substitute, the seat cushions are built-in flush-fit into the ground. This creates the preliminary impression of the bucket seat in a Components 1 race automobile. The orange 4‑level harness and its high-gloss polished buckle additional reinforce the sporting character.

However, the progressive seats mix this sporting really feel with luxurious consolation as a result of, in contrast to in a Components 1 race automobile, the angle of the backrest might be adjusted. The silver shimmer of their diamond-quilted upholstery underscores the first-class inside atmosphere. Between the seats is a compact centre console, freestanding in area.

Mercedes-Benz One Eleven Concept Interior Steering Wheel

The one extremely complicated characteristic within the inside is the leather-clad steering wheel, which is fitted with numerous purposeful controls and state-of-the-art contact parts. That is complemented by a compact touchscreen with high-resolution show mounted to the aspect of the steering wheel and angled in direction of the driving force. It exhibits all related automobile info as required.

UI/UX Know-how

The distinction to the fashionable inside is offered by the slender pixel show spanning your complete breadth of the dashboard, choosing up on the type of the entrance and rear gentle bands. Right here too, the pixel construction is deliberately coarse, which provides the data displayed – resembling the present pace – a strikingly daring look. Furthermore, the 3D pixel show exhibits digital artwork items as a coarsely rasterised stream of QR codes within the model of “early digital” information tickers. That is completed with the assistance of glass pixels that present a altering color gradient relying on the viewing angle. The corresponding actual picture then seems razor sharp on the high-resolution display subsequent to the steering wheel.

This mix of vastly differing representations of the identical picture embodies an extra interpretation of the MBUX Hyperscreen with a concentrate on versatile interfaces. The retro-futuristic, 8-bit look thus creates an extra X-factor. The event within the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven reinforces the growing fusion of bodily and digital.

For the premiere of the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven, Mercedes-Benz designers have created a visionary consumer expertise with the help of augmented actuality (AR), setting it inside a digital prototype of the Imaginative and prescient One‑Eleven inside. As quickly as the driving force dons the Magic Leap 2 augmented actuality headset, their expertise is enriched with high-definition digital content material that’s contextually built-in into their environment. It creates a seamless spatial mix of bodily inside and digital consumer interface past the display. In impact, your complete automobile turns into the consumer interface.

Mercedes-Benz has been exploring the advantages of AR for the reason that launch of the F015 idea automobile in 2015. The AR UI on this new automobile presents a imaginative and prescient of the long run that works on two ranges: the data connected to the dashboard and data positioned within the surroundings inside and outdoors the automobile. This marks the subsequent step from screen-based UI with Mercedes-Benz intuitive zero-layer expertise to an AR UI that arranges zero‑layer parts across the consumer in area. Parts embrace modules, 3D icons and the navigation map. The management interface across the dashboard and steering wheel can also be augmented with further contextualised info connected to precise objects resembling buttons or switches.

The 180-degree AR view incorporates the world exterior the digital prototype – fusing the automobile effortlessly with its environment and inserting the driving force on the centre. Map parts are projected into the surroundings, which is enriched with additional info resembling locations of pursuits or hidden hazards resembling roadworks past a bend. With this X-ray view, the system enhances situational consciousness by mixing out unimportant particulars to create an uncluttered picture of related enter. Parts that hinder the driving force’s line of sight – such because the A-pillar, doorways and even the bonnet – then seem “clear”. Mercedes-Benz designers and specialists labored with the technical specialists at Magic Leap to develop and refine the AR expertise showcased within the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven utilizing the extremely superior Magic Leap 2 AR glasses.

The spatial consumer interface is a beacon for a Mercedes-Benz consumer expertise that’s unencumbered by expertise. It’s a part of a wider imaginative and prescient that appears in direction of prolonged actuality, whereby expertise and {hardware} stop to be the point of interest; as a substitute turning into totally built-in and seamless facilitators of consumer wants and desires.

Electrical powertrain

Know-how highlights embrace a brand new battery idea that includes high-performance liquid-cooled cylindrical cells with a novel cell chemistry. As soon as extra, the in depth information of the motorsport specialists from Mercedes-AMG Excessive Efficiency Powertrain in Brixworth discovered its method into this promising idea for future performance-oriented batteries. Except for that, the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven options two exceptionally highly effective and superior axial-flux motors from YASA. Mercedes-Benz is creating this expertise along with YASA to giant scale manufacturing maturity for its next-generation electrical drives. YASA is a British electric-motor specialist based mostly in Oxford and has been a 100-percent subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG since July 2021. The corporate has thus secured entry to a singular future expertise that has the potential to take electrical mobility to a brand new degree of efficiency.

Alongside its energy and torque density, one other main profit is the slender package deal, which reduces each its weight and dimensions. The burden of an axial-flux motor is only one third of that of present electrical motors with the identical energy output. On the similar time, it requires simply one-third of the area occupied by a radial-flux motor. This opens up utterly new choices for engineers in addition to new freedoms within the design of an electrical automobile as demonstrated by the Imaginative and prescient One-Eleven.

The longer term technology of YASA axial-flux motors can be produced on the Mercedes-Benz Berlin-Marienfelde plant. The motors manufactured there can be on the coronary heart of the forthcoming powertrain for the efficiency phase.

(Supply: Mercedes-Benz)

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