Yes, it looks like it’s right out of a Tron movie, and in all honesty, it’s about as real.
While it may be completely science fiction, the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept looks futuristically awesome. Born out of the LA Auto Show’s Los Angeles Design Challenge, in which automotive designers are given free range to envision the future of transportation, the Biome is meant to blend seamlessly into the planet’s ecosystem. That means all components of the car are “grown” organically, and it emits pure oxygen and is fully compostable at the end of its service life.
And it only gets nuttier from there.
The Biome was designed by Mercedes’ U.S. design arm in Carlsbad, California, and built into a full-scale model. If its looks are from Tron, the basis for the Biome Concept is from Avatar: a vehicle that grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. How’s that for environmental responsibility, Prius!?
Not only that, but in the Biome’s fantasy-land, the car is powered by a combination of the sun and a chemical bond from a liquid Mercedes will invent called BioNectar4534. Of course, it’ll be all natural and organic.
Lead designer Hubert Lee said of the concept,
we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree.
Wow. Anyone else think the rules for the design competition should state that concepts should be built with materials that have been, you know, invented?
I am loving the exterior design of the Biome and think it would make a lovely midengine MB supercar. Just throw in a twin-turbo V8 and some proper tires, and you’ve got yourself a killer machine.
The LA Auto Show opens to the public on Friday.
Do you think a concept like the Biome could ever become reality?