Mercedes-Benz officially kicked off the celebration for the 125th anniversary of Karl Benz’s patent registration of a "vehicle with gas-engine drive" last January 29 in Stuttgart. In front of about 1400 guests, the company unveiled a new sculpture previewing its future design language. Mercedes also announced a new patent for a breakthrough in battery technology.
During this event, guests witnessed the beginning of the company’s attempts to prove the viability of hydrogen as a fuel of the future by sending three B-class F-cells on a trip around the world.
Mercedes presented a patent dubbed "bipolar flat-cell frame" lithium-ion battery technology to the German Patent and Trade Mark office.
Mercedes also filed a patent to protect the production of this single battery cell technology. This battery is claimed to be more compact, cooler and more efficient than current accumulator batteries for electric cars.
In a statement, Mercedes said that this technology is in the development phase at Daimler and is seen to be a further step to the industrialization of lithium-ion batteries. Mercedes has named the sculpture ‘Aesthetics 125’, which is based around the belief that its "design is art.”
Mercedes said that the sculpture mixes the elements of the interior and exterior of a vehicle by means of “sweeping, almost soaring shape transitions.”
Rapid-prototyping technology, which enables digital data to be transferred directly to a design object, was used to construct the model. In a statement, the carmaker said that this technology can apply various materials in fine layers, which is why nothing is wasted in making a sculpture.
When it comes to the history of the Mercedes-Benz, it’s expected that the Mercedes-Benz Museum would be mentioned. For 2011, the museum will be observing its 5th anniversary at its new address at the Mercedes-Strasse in Stuttgart, Germany.
The celebration will include the usual automotive classics but this time, it will also have the ART 125! exhibit starting from May to September 2011. On display will be 160 exhibits from an assortment of contemporary and modern art that have been made by more than 80 well-known artists around the world.
Some of the displays will include how artists interpreted the design, models, and even history of Mercedes-Benz’s motor cars. A good example would be the series of legendary paintings made by none other than Andy Warhol (1928-1987) 25 years ago to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary.
Other artworks that will be exhibited also include the works of Bertrand Lavier, Sylvie Fleury, Robert Longo, and Vincent Szarek, to name a few. In the Mercedes-Benz Museum, there would likely be artworks that have been commissioned specifically for the 125th anniversary of the automobile.
The brand will also be releasing a book that will talk about 125 anecdotes focusing on the motor car. Not surprisingly, it will be titled "125 moving stories". With this book, readers will not only be entertained but will learn new things from the different surprising stories, with some of them only seen for the first time in this book.
There will also be exhibitions that will be shown at different areas like the Mercedes-Benz Brand Centres, Mercedes-Benz Galleries, and even the Mercedes-Benz customer centres in Germany. The exhibits will have historic and even present-day displays to show how society had changed when the motor-car was invented.
It will also be showing the brand’s power of innovation which includes plans on the future of mobility. Daimler meanwhile intends to start a travelling exhibition of the different classic vehicles. The tour will include a number of selected shopping centers around Germany which will make automobile history even more tangible for many people.