Inspired by the legendary C 111 prototypes, Mercedes-Benz has once more demonstrated its commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive innovation through the introduction of its latest creation—the Vision One-Eleven Concept. Enveloped within the brand’s distinctive “One-Bow” design philosophy, the orange (and black) color scheme serves as a particularly evocative element, evoking a strong sense of nostalgia. Additionally, the design of the head- and tail-lights bears a striking resemblance to the iconic showstopper introduced 54 years ago in 1969.
“We think a lot about what makes something iconic,” says Gorden Wagener, chief design officer for Mercedes-Benz, during the reveal of the Vision One-Eleven at the automaker’s California design studio near San Diego. “Icons are outstanding, they are not mainstream. We want to create something extraordinary and bring that spirit into the future.”
The striking interior showcases a captivating combination of white hues, adorned with silver leather upholstery, an unusual LED pixel dashboard, a luxury version of an F1 steering wheel, beautifully accentuated by vibrant orange tones and eye-catching bright-chrome accents.
Both at the front and rear, the vehicle features digitally implemented pixelated displays capable of showcasing animated messages.
Similar to the original C111, the Vision One-Eleven Concept will serve as a testing ground for a groundbreaking powertrain, integrating two highly advanced axial-flux motors developed by YASA, and a liquid-cooled cylindrical-cell battery inspired by Formula 1 race cars. Based in Oxford, YASA is a British electric motor specialist acquired by Mercedes in 2021, its motors have found integration in production vehicles such as the Koenigsegg Regera and the hybrid Ferrari Stradale SF90.
The concept is a prime example of an extravagant neo-futuristic concept that liberates designers to explore the depths of their creativity. However, it is important to bear in mind that we shouldn’t anticipate every element of the concept making its way into production precisely as depicted.
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