Mercedes-Benz has recently unveiled the Vision One-Eleven concept, a design that pays homage to the experimental C111 from the 1970s. This two-seat hypercar features a striking monolithic exterior design, gullwing doors, and a flamboyant cockpit with silver upholstery.
The powertrain of the Vision One-Eleven consists of two rear-mounted axial-flux electric motors developed by Yasa, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz since 2021. The concept also utilizes a battery with liquid-cooled cylindrical cells and unique cell chemistry developed by Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 division in the UK. Although specific power and range figures have not been disclosed, Mercedes claims that the Vision One-Eleven’s drivetrain has the potential to enhance both performance and efficiency in electric mobility.
The axial-flux motors used in the Vision One-Eleven offer superior power and torque density compared to traditional radial-flux motors, providing packaging advantages due to their narrow design. Yasa states that the weight of its axial-flux motor is only one-third that of the radial-flux motors found in Mercedes’ current EQ electric vehicles. The concept’s design incorporates clean body forms, a flush-fitting glass canopy, and advanced aerodynamic features inspired by the C111 series. Notably, the low-set front end resembles the old C111 prototypes, featuring a pixelated grille, round headlamps, and a carbon-fiber splitter.
The One-Eleven’s aerodynamic focus is demonstrated by three air intakes behind the headlamps, twin air vents, a steeply raked windshield, and various wind-cheating elements. The car’s body exhibits smooth surfacing and rounded forms, including prominent wheel arches housing large wheels. The lengthy gullwing doors provide easy access to the interior, which features integrated floor seats, adjustable pedals, an F1-style steering wheel, and a central touchscreen display running Mercedes’ MBUX software. The interior showcases a pixelated motif, brushed aluminum surrounds, and a distinctive color combination of silver upholstery with white fabric and orange leather.
Mercedes-Benz currently offers two electric vehicles in India, namely the EQS and EQB. The EQS is available in two variants, the locally assembled EQS 580 and the fully-imported EQS 53 AMG.
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