Engineering Student Envisions Future W154 Silver Arrow Racer (Open-Wheel, Closed-Cockpit!)

Renderings done by students are sometimes the most exciting new ideas out there. Phil Berger is one such visionary first-year mechanical engineering student.

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He is an active participant in the Local Motors Forge project, which is a co-creation community and a bit of a gathering place for dreamers.

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Mechanical dreamers! The tricky part of student, or any renderings, for that matter: brand names and logos. All this company IP is fiercely protected, especially in a bold new age of shameless counterfeiting.

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But there are other concerns besides factories running mystery “ghost shifts,” or the adage of a complete twin factory being made 40 miles from one international shoe-maker’s billion-dollar investment.

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It is more about protecting the quality and integrity of the brand, and avoiding any consumer confusion whatsoever. No brand wants shoppers to associate their brand with some rogue designer’s vision.

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But students are one special exception, especially in the design field – where many internships earned while still in college will be very, very important in marketing oneself after graduation.

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So with the greatest respect for Mercedes-Benz, and all car brands for that matter, we’re thrilled to share some exciting new ideas.

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This is Philip Berger’s vision of a modern-day W154 Silver Arrow racer, seen below on the left being driven this year by Lewis Hamilton.

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The most interesting aspect for me is the open-wheel layout, combined with a closed cockpit.

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This is not a setup currently allowed in any racing series, but the rumor is that Formula One may go hard-top in the next five years or so.

Phil Berger’s W154 Silver Arrow Speculative Design Rendering

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Also included below is the official 2011 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows concept from the 2011 LA show.

Mercedes-Benz-Silver_Arrow_Concept-vertBerger Silver Arrow and 2011 MB Silver Arrows Concept GIFRenderings by Phil Berger, with more info on his work available here.

http://bergerdesign.weebly.com/