Just for the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America in Carlsbad, California created a very short feature film that pays tribute to the 125 years of Mercedes-Benz’s automotive innovation and design excellence.
Titled "Silver Lightning," this short feature film is set in an era wherein artificial intelligence is on a very advanced stage. Its main characters are unlikely actors -- two crash test dummies whose names are Hans05 and Franz02 and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept.
"Silver Lightning," as the name implies, is an action-packed thriller in which Hans05 and Franz02 are involved in a high-speed contest against the antagonist battering ram Dr. Crash-Barrier. Sensing that their Silver Arrow might become another victim of the evil ruler, Hans05 and Franz02 decided to bolt the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept away from Dr. Crash-Barrier, thus starting a gush of fun-filled cat-and-mouse action.
Visibly upset, Dr. Crash-Barrier tries his best to catch up with Hans05 and Franz02 in their Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept. In one scene, Franz02 was thrown off board onto what looks like a museum.
However, Franz02 was able to come back in one of the iconic Silver Arrows. Together, Hans05 in Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept and Franz02 in a legendary Silver Arrow were able to defeat Dr. Crash-Barrier and end the chase.
The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept is a very futuristic electric car concept from the German premium carmaker. It is a low-lying long-slung sculpture on hoops as the Silver Lightning has no wheels. It runs on diagonal hub-less roller track that allows the concept to maneuver in all directions.
Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow -- born from the carmaker’s Formula 1 racing legacy -- has proportions that should remind people of iconic cars like the Mercedes-Benz W125 Silver Arrows (1930’s) and the Uhlenhaut SLR (1950's).
The short feature film – brought to us by the creators of 'Biome, a car grown from trees' – is Mercedes-Benz’s way of paying homage to its rich history and tradition in a very advanced way.