Mercedes Benz Innovates – The Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile
Automobile Drag Coefficient this is the technical term for measuring the aerodynamic ability of a car. In easier words, the readings of the drag coefficient tell us how a car can cut through air while dragging. Mercedes Benz has moved us into a new era where the car will transform into an aerodynamic sleek machine when it reaches the speed of 80 km/h.
The Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile also has a cutting edge futuristic design, I especially liked the location of the headlamps, at last, we found a different location for the headlamps, thanks to the Mercedes designers.
The “Concept IAA” has a drag coefficient of .19 when it is transformed dynamically. The digital transformation includes widening of the front-flaps, front-bumper lamella moving backwards, active rims and a tail-end extension, all of these factors improve the drag-coefficient from 0.25 to 0.19. To understand what a 0.19 drag coefficient means you can compare it with McLaren P1 which has a 0.34 drag-coefficient in-spite of sleek design and aerodynamic ninjutsu.
“Concept IAA” world premiered at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt. A superb presentation was compiled with dance and animation at the event (click for Frankfurt presentation video) to showcase the concept car.
Mercedes Benz has made really some ground-breaking progress in the aerodynamics of the cars, specially for cars that are potential candidates for production in the near future. Scroll below for the video demonstration of how the car transforms from Design Mode to Aerodynamic Mode.
The Digital Future
The car is a digital-transformer and a communicator. With several detectors, cameras and sensors the vehicle is able to adhere to maximum safety meausres. It can even communicate to other cars on the road to minimize the risk of accident. Surely this is another milestone achieved in the future of automobiles, I am sure the day is not far when we have flying vehicles without accidents.