Biome concept car has found a home in the hearts of many car enthusiasts
as it was first unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The
Mercedes Biome was created by those wacky car designers in Carlsbad,
California (Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios) who took the
LA Auto Show's 2010 Design Challenge by the horns.
The Mercedes Biome captures the future at its best.
was to design a 2+2 car that weighed less than 1,000 lbs. The
ecologically friendly Mercedes Biome far exceeded this challenge
coming in at a svelte 865 lbs. In this challenge it turns out
that this could have been an episode of "Designers Gone Wild"
as this futuristic car comes complete with a fictional story about
how it one day could be built 30 or so years in the future.
goes like this: The future Mercedes Biome car will be grown in
a Mercedes-Benz owned nursery. This nursery will use genetically
altered seeds that creates a biofibre body, lighter than metal
and stronger than steel.
seeds will have a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. Mercedes
will have separate proprietary seeds which grow the interior Star,
the exterior Star and the wheels of the vehicle. Customizing the
Mercedes Biome will be a matter of genetically altering the seeds.
And to make
the Mercedes Biome even more environmentally friendly a bio-liquid
fuel called BN4534 will be grown using trees. This new biofuel
will emit only oxygen when burned making it once again healthy
for humans to breathe.
fetched Utopian scenario while intriguing gets me a bit cynical
as well. For instance, I have an image in my head that I can't
shake of Aunt Jemima syrup buckets hanging off the maple trees
in the northeast U. S. harvested for automobile fuel. Will the
children be going without waffles because of this?
aside, you cannot argue that the design of the Mercedes Biome
concept car is so cool that you nearly loose important body functions
when you first lay eyes on this vehicle. From those futuristic
wheels to the sleek design you could never imagine the Biome sharing
the same road with a 1972 Pinto.
Biome is indeed in the class of coolest cars ever shown and on
this website it's found a home. The story is a little far fetched.
But, since science fiction precedes science we never know what
will be grown and shown 30 years down the road. And that makes
the Mercedes Biome an intriguing car on many different levels.
And one day you may be driving it home, sweet home.