Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning Concept is out of this world!

Article by Christian A., on November 20, 2011

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.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning Concept

For the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which was seeking to find the most spectacular new film car for Hollywood, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen (Germany) and Carlsbad (USA), have joined the ranks of the screen-writers.

The designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California have created a Hollywood-style homage for Mercedes-Benz to 125 years of innovation in automotive technology and design.

The leading roles are played by two high-tech characters which have been instrumental in reconciling safety and stylish design in automobiles: the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow cult racing car and crash test dummies.

The film "Silver Lightning" is set in the near future, in an age of artificial intelligence. Two crash test dummies by the names of Hans05 and Franz02 take on evil ruler Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved Mercedes Silver Arrow. They engage in an action-packed, nerve-jangling duel with the ruthless battering ram before finally outfoxing him. The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept is a low-lying sculpture on wheels.

A feat of technical innovation is the diagonal, hubless roller which allows steering in all directions. The futuristic Silver Arrow's proportions are reminiscent of the legendary sports car from the late 1930s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 1950s. In homage to 125 years of automotive innovation and design excellence, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America features a story with two techno characters that have achieved a unique harmony between safety and style; the iconic Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow racecar, and the underappreciated 'Crash test dummy.'

In a futuristic society of increased artificial intelligence, two enlightened crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, show that they're no dummies when it comes to recognizing a potential catastrophe and decide to take matters into their own hands. As the evil battering ram Dr. Crash-Barrier seeks to continue his reign of terror and mayhem, the two heroes take action to save their beloved Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow.

They lead the relentless 'Dr. Barrier' on an action packed thrill ride through the past and future of transportation. A long-slung, sculpture on wheels - actually on 'Hoops' - the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow has proportions reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz W125 series, a Silberpfeil racecar of the late 1930's and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 50's.

The overall shape follows distinguished Mercedes-Benz design traditions and is born from a dominant Formula 1 racing legacy. It also features a diagonally configured, hub-less roller track for 'Omni-Directional' maneuvering.

Brought to you by the creators of 'Biome, a car grown from trees', this epic adventure has it all, including a surprise ending that will have audiences cheering as our reluctant heroes save the day with a little old- school subterfuge and help from the great tradition of the Mercedes-Benz automobiles.

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