Futuristic Concept Car From Mercedes-Benz Wins L.A. Design Challenge [Pics]
The revolutionary Smart 341 Parkour combines innovation and functionality.
The 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge required participants to not only develop the Hollywood car of the future but also invent a story worthy of Hollywood filmmakers. Designers Sylvain Wehnert, Emiel Burki and Phillipp Haban from Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen developed the Smart 341 Parkour concept. The futuristic all-round vehicle won the design contest with its impressive features and futuristic look.
Its completely transparent passenger cell gives 360 degrees of visibility. The wheels are retractable and contain impulse pads and vacuum cups. The hexagon skin around the wheelhouse is adjustable to release the wheels. The concept car has different modes including a normal drive mode, a fly mode that allows the vehicle to hover above the streets and a climb mode that allows it to run up the walls of skyscrapers. Click through to see pictures of the futuristic design: