That car served as a test platform for alternative drivetrains in the 1960s and '70s, with first a Wankel rotary engine and then a turbo-diesel when efficiency became the priority.
In addition to setting records, the C 111 made an indelible impression on enthusiasts through its sleek styling, gullwing doors, and plastic composite bodywork.
This 2023 edition of the car is naturally propelled by electrons rather than hydrocarbons, courtesy of a YASA axial-flux electric motor.
Mercedes also claims advances in the Vision One-Eleven's high-performance battery cells.
At the same time, Mercedes casts a glance backward to the original C 111, with the Vision One-Eleven's orange bodywork and the pixelated dashboard display. The car also wears pixelated displays across its front and rear ends.
“Our goal at Mercedes-Benz is not to do styling – our goal is to create icons," explained Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for the Mercedes-Benz Group. "To me, that makes the difference between mainstream design and luxury. Design icons like the Type 300 SL and C 111 – both with gullwing doors – are part of our DNA. These legendary vehicles were major inspirations for the iconic design of the Mercedes-Benz Vision One-Eleven."
Another futuristic detail is Vision One-Eleven's use of Magic Leap 2 augmented reality glasses to provide the driver with supplemental information.
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