Here's the race-inspired Mercedes Project Geländewagen
Name a better looking race car...
After various teasers from Mercedes, we are finally able to see what they are working on, and it might just be the best thing to come out of Stuttgart in a while.
This is the Mercedes Project Geländewagen concept car and it has been designed to explore ways of “disrupting future perceptions of luxury." It was developed as part of a collaboration between Mercedes Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener and fashion designer Virgil Abloh. And oh boy was it worth the wait.
So, what have they done to change the standard G-Wagon? Well, as you can see immediately, the car has been lowered a considerable amount, been given a wide-arched body kit, made more streamlined by having no mirrors or bonnet mounted indicators and it has also been dramatically stripped out. Not to mention the wheels which are designed to look like Mercedes rims of old.
You might think Mercedes forgot to paint this car but you would be mistaken. According to them, the paintwork was partially sanded to create a “sense of timeless simplicity” and the “welds are celebrated as key design motifs. The final design lays its construction methods bare, and celebrates the handcrafted imperfections that make it unique.”
With no special paint and no luxuries, this really is a race-prepped G-Wagon. And speaking of no luxuries, the interior has been seriously stripped out. There is that beautiful exposed blue roll cage and racing wheel. This really is a subtle thing of beauty.
Mercedes didn’t reveal any specifications, but Gorden Wagener said “With Project Geländewagen, we created a unique artwork that showcases future interpretations of luxury and the desire for beauty and the extraordinary. The result is something between reality and future.”
The only downside to this build is that you can’t actually buy the vehicle but Mercedes revealed a replica will be auctioned by Sotheby’s and all proceeds will benefit a charity that supports international creative communities. Bidding is slated to begin on September 14th and it will go for a lot of cash.