Mercedes-Benz Biome vs. reality

Out of the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge –– which seemed to be based on the premise of having automakers dream up the most irrational 1000 lb. cars possible –– came the Mercedes Benz Biome; easily the most ridiculous concept vehicle in the contest. A car grown in a lab from genetically altered seeds embedded with Mercedes DNA.

According to their press release, the “BIOME symbiosis vehicle” is made from an ultralight material called “BioFibre.” They continue:

“This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. As part of this process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle ‘grows’ when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.”

Yeah, it’s pretty cool looking. It’s a neat idea. And it could easily be incorporated into the inevitable sequel of Demolition Man, probably parked in front of a Taco Bell.  But between the Biome, the “electric powered rickshaw” and the Toyota seaweed-mobile, what the contest really has me wondering is why car designers are wasting their time thinking up such absurd sci-fi monstrosities rather than pondering tangible solutions to the consumption crisis we’re already facing.

If Mercedes is serious about going eco-friendly, a good first step might be halting the production of their 13 mpg G-class SUVs. But that’s just my opinion.


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2 Comments

  1. mobileone says:

    as for the car industry going green, or greener,is going to be a long process. we the consumer are still wanting and waiting for the next best vehicle. i do not believe the industry will change,that is realistic to the current wants from the consumer. armed with well educated marketing firms,we will almost certainly not see a true green solution for city and highway mobility for some time. we are born into the fossell fuel age and can not seem to grow out of it. our whole society was born into a world where we can do or make anything from the earths resources. we think we are making our living standards the best it can be,while our media machine re-enforces this. this media re-enforcing seems to be all we need to carry on,business as usual,and guilt free.

  2. BIG says:

    Halt production of the G class?

    Come on now … I’m sick of nice real trucks like the Hummer H2 being discontinued. I mean really how many people actually have a G class? It is already a limited production vehicle. Canceling production of the G class would do absolutely nothing even for the biggest greenest hippy.

    Do you realize how much fuel (jet fuel) the US Gov uses just to fly test runs of fighter jets out of Virginia everyday? Go on vacation to Virginia beach and you will see what I am talking about. I bet just one of these flights equals the total life consumption of all G classes produced in a given year.

    Mercedes don’t listen to comments like this. Keep producing the awesome G class. I would love a G55 AMG if I wasn’t stuck in law school at the moment and I hope a 2012 model year will exist when I graduate.

    I also hope Mercedes puts there AMG engines in Infinitis new lineup. Mercedes and Infiniti have very promising new cars coming out in the next few years. Including hybrids, EV’s and gas guzzling AMG awesomeness.

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