This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance did not disappoint when it came to driver-centric concept cars. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Infiniti all wowed with bright, silver, shiny electrified objects on four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept unveiled at Pebble Beach is a stunning retro-styled one-seater to behold.
The 750-horsepower electric speedster is inspired by Mercedes’ record-breaking W125 Grand Prix racer from 1937.
“Over 80 years ago, the historic Silver Arrows demonstrated that Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer when it came to speed thanks, among other things, to their streamlined shape,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. “The Vision EQ Silver Arrow draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it embodies progressive luxury and provides an insight into the future of our design. As a result, the show car drives the design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand to the top.”
The sleek-bodied bodied show car is made entirely of carbon fiber. Its Alubeam silver paint is reminiscent of the historic Silver Arrows and doesn’t have a white paint layer to reduce weight. Aerodynamics include two extendible rear spoilers that act as an air brake by increasing the wind resistance when deceleration is desired.
Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept
Infiniti’s newly unveiled Prototype 10 is also an all-electric one-seater silver speedster concept. This one is designed with early Californian speedsters in mind.
It’s the first project headed by Infiniti’s new design director Karim Habib.
“California is intrinsically linked to the speedster body style and remains a cultural center for independent car tuning and coachbuilding to this day, ” said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI. “Prototype 10 taps into this unique Californian ethos of self-expression, both in its design and its performance.”
The concept, like most, offers a glimpse of what designers have in mind for the future. Plenty of aerodynamics going on here, too, including a black chin spoiler at the base of the bumper.
Audi PB 18 e-tron
What does the Audi PB18 E-tron have in common with the Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti? You guessed it, it’s all-electric. It shares DNA with the Le Mans racing car the Audi R18. Hence the “18” in the name. The “PB” stands for Pebble Beach.
Here’s what’s cool about the PB18. It has a cockpit that can move and seat either one or two people. If solo, the driver pod is positioned in the middle like it would be in a race car. Or slide over to make room for a second seat for a passenger.
Gael Buzyn, Head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu, describes the most important item in the specifications: “We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18. That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB 18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.”
The PB18 is a mix of materials including aluminum, carbon and multi-material composites.
Photo Credit: Mercedes-BenzTags: Concept Cars Pebble Beach