Mercedes-Benz suddenly declassified the historical conceptSeptember 15, 2019
The Vision Simplex sculpture is dedicated to the first car ever to enter the market under the Mercedes brand name.
From time to time, stylists at Daimler concern the public with prototypes that look more like works of art than cars. At the same time, they do not forget about the historical past of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The last of these works, routinely declassified after the premier fireworks at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is dedicated to the 1901 car, which is known as the Mercedes 35 PS.
This car is considered not only the ideological ancestor of all modern Mercedes cars, but also a revolutionary development, which largely determined the architectural and layout principles of all current cars: the vast majority of “self-running wheelchairs” at that time resembled motorized carriages. Built by Gottlieb Daimler’s company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and engineer Wilhelm Maybach, commissioned by entrepreneur Emil Jellinek, the sports car was named after his daughter Mercedes – in fact, the brand got its name.
“Only a strong brand like Mercedes-Benz is capable of a physical symbiosis of historical heritage and a look into the future. The Vision Mercedes Simplex concept symbolizes the transformation of the luxury and comfort traditionally inherent in the brand,” said Mercedes-Benz chief stylist Gorden Wagener.
Vision Mercedes Simplex is built on the principle of a monocoque and combines historical details with modern technology in its design. Say, the wheels are outside the body, but they are made translucent, and the car itself is equipped with many displays – including instead of the radiator grille.
The monitor on the front of the roadster, enclosed in a massive pink gold frame, serves as a means of communication between the car and a person. The screen in the “salon” Vision Mercedes Simplex is able to determine what kind of information the driver needs at any given moment and focuses on it, without stopping the driver from concentrating on the road. Other historical references were, for example, a two-tone exterior solution, seat belts and a leather bag fastened at the rear of the roadster between the wheels.
There is no data on the power plant of the concept: it is considered a design experiment, which embodies some of the ideas of Mercedes-Benz regarding the automotive past and future. The sculpture will debut at the nearest design exhibition in French Nice – exactly where in 1901 the Mercedes 35 PS won its first convincing racing victory.
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