Watch the Adaptive Bodywork of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA Via New Animations



 Updated with 55 New Photos from Mercedes-Benz Frankfurt IAA 2015Update1 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA animations

A few of Mercedes-Benz’s most advanced projects and engineering specialties come together for this all-new Concept IAA.

The Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile proves that the self-driving tech shown at CES last year can be applied to a sportier shape than the rolling lounge concept. Secondly, this Concept IAA proves that the billion-dollar new wind tunnel in Sindelfingen is paying dividends. Beyond the obvious crown jewel of a constructor and driver championship in F1, of course!

The proportions of the 0.22-cD Concept IAA are mouthwatering in profile and around back. The nose is spooky, but not a big deal. Must work for aero.Update1 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA + Frankfurt S-Class Cabrio Reveal 39-tile Update1 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA + Frankfurt S-Class Cabrio Reveal 7

Das Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA ist zwei Autos in einem: Aerodynamik-Weltrekordler mit einem cw-Wert von 0,19 und viertüriges Coupé mit faszinierendem Design.  The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA is two cars in one – an aerodynamic world record holder with a cd figure of 0.19 and a four-door coupé with a fascinating design

Das Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA ist zwei Autos in einem: Aerodynamik-Weltrekordler mit einem cw-Wert von 0,19 und viertüriges Coupé mit faszinierendem Design.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA is two cars in one – an aerodynamic world record holder with a cd figure of 0.19 and a four-door coupé with a fascinating design

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Daimler AG und Leiter Mercedes-Benz Cars präsentiert das  Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA" (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, presents the Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA" (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile)

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Daimler AG und Leiter Mercedes-Benz Cars präsentiert das Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile)
Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, presents the Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile)

The look of that ultra-long and low hood is interesting with such a bluff hood edge and grille cutoff. Swept-back shoulders and roofline in the Concept IAA vaguely recall a better Audi A7 stance.

But the real showstopper?

Active aerodynamics like something out of a sci-fi wet dream. At highway speeds, the front flanks extend into airfoils, the wheel modules close with grille shutters up front. And out back, a long-tail slice of CFRP extends back from within the bodywork. This long piece acts in concert with other systems to optimize its impact on mileage and efficiency.

The execution of that long clamshell extending back is quite shockingly advanced. The ring of red LEDs are a delicious sight; always visible even with the slipstream device extended.

Power for the concept comes from a plug-in hybrid system with 279 total horsepower. A 66-mile EV range is also cited.

Fabulous day today, and its barely 4:15pm as we type!

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz IAA Frankfurt 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAAUpdate1 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA animations

MERCEDES-BENZ “CONCEPT IAA” (INTELLIGENT AERODYNAMIC AUTOMOBILE)

14/09/15

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