Mercedes just dropped a retro-futuristic bombshell , the Vision One-Eleven concept car is a reborn C111 that has been unveiled to the world as a high-performance concept sports car. The stunning vehicle is a fusion of retro and modern, technology and luxury, and its design language and innovative high-performance electric drive system are future-oriented. Inspired by the classic Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental car, this vehicle is truly a masterpiece.
The Vision One-Eleven concept car is built around a bow-shaped body design that showcases the brand’s “Iconic Luxury” design philosophy. At just 1170mm high, it has a dynamic low-drag posture that pays tribute to the C111 with its bronze-tone paint, front and rear layout, and gullwing doors. But this new car is not just a replica, it replaces the C111 fog lights with 3D pixel-style display screens, allowing for interaction and communication with other vehicles and pedestrians.
The interior’s even wilder, with an F1-style bucket seat and a digital dash that spans the whole cockpit. If the standard display isn’t enough, you can slap on some Magic Leap AR glasses for an augmented reality driver’s seat view. How’s that for the future of drivin’, huh?
The dashboard is made of 100% renewable polyester, while the leather interior is made from coffee bean shell tanning and craftsmanship. The result is a luxurious and sustainable interior that is both stylish and eco-friendly.
The most impressive feature of this car is its brand new human-machine interaction experience. The driver is greeted by a long and narrow pixel screen that spans the cockpit, displaying core information such as vehicle speed. And when the driver puts on the Magic Leap 2 AR glasses, they can experience the “Future Intelligent Cockpit” – a seamless integration of a 180-degree augmented reality view with the real-world environment outside the prototype cockpit. The AR glasses can even create effects like transparent A-pillars, doors, and engine covers, expanding the driver’s visual boundary.
The Vision One-Eleven is equipped with an axial flux electric motor developed by YASA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, along with advanced high-performance batteries. The combination of these technologies is said to “push power and efficiency to new heights,” although specific parameters have not been disclosed yet.
The Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental car made its debut in 1969, and it’s still regarded as a legendary vehicle that earned the nickname “a laboratory on wheels.” It was designed to test revolutionary rotary engines and turbocharged diesel engines while exploring the feasibility of glass fiber-reinforced plastic body shells. Equipped with iconic gullwing doors and eye-catching orange and black paint, it was a mid-engine rear-wheel-drive sports car that pursued ultimate aerodynamic effects.
So, are you ready to take it for a spin?