The film ‘silver lightning’ features two intelligent crash dummies as they seek to save their ‘silver arrow’ concept car from the clutches of the evil Dr. Crash-Barrier. The ‘silver arrow’ is based on mercedes-benz racing vehicles, slung on large ‘hoop’ wheels with hub-less, ‘omni-directional’ maneuvering capability.
‘This epic adventure has it all, including a surprise ending that will have audiences cheering as our reluctant heroes save the day with a little old-school subterfuge and help from the great tradition of the mercedes-benz automobiles.‘
In a futuristic society of increased artificial intelligence, two enlightened crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, show that they’re no dummies when it comes to recognizing a potential catastrophe and decide to take matters into their own hands. As the evil battering ram Dr. Crash-Barrier seeks to continue his reign of terror and mayhem, the two heroes take action to save their beloved Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow. They lead the relentless ‘Dr. Barrier’ on an action packed thrill ride through the past and future of transportation.
A long-slung, sculpture on wheels – actually on ‘Hoops’ – the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow has proportions reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz W125 series, a Silberpfeil race car of the late 1930’s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 50’s. The overall shape follows distinguished Mercedes-Benz design traditions and is born from a dominant Formula 1 racing legacy. It also features a diagonally configured, hub-less roller track for ‘Omni-Directional’ maneuvering.
Brought to you by the creators of ‘Biome, a car grown from trees’, this epic adventure has it all, including a surprise ending that will have audiences cheering as our reluctant heroes save the day with a little old- school subterfuge and help from the great tradition of the Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
Design Director: Hubert Lee
Designers: Jackson Luttig, Yasu Sato
Designer/Animation: Alan Barrington
LA Auto Show Design Challenge
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Design Los Angeles provides a global automotive design forum surrounding the auto show and the design challenge is a place where trends and technologies and new thought is discussed. More than 500 designers attended last year’s event.
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