Mercedes Benz BIOME concept car will be lab-grown from DNA

Sunday, December 5, 2010, 16:27 by Auto Correspondent

The Mercedes-Benz BIOME concept car is an eco-friendly, biodegradable, ultra-light hybrid vehicle – which would be custom grown in a lab. Enjoy these photos!

“The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle grows when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.”

Makes sense? No? Well it didn’t to us either until Mercedes explained. We’ve seen the advent of green tech, of cars running on vegetable oils, cars that produce nothing but water as a by-product, of hybrids and electrics, but we’ve never heard of a car that is grown in a lab.

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Photo: Mercedes Benz Biome concept

The Mercedes-Benz BIOME concept car is an eco-friendly, biodegradable, ultra-light hybrid vehicle – which would be custom grown in a lab.

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Pic: Mercedes Benz Biome concept

Mercedes-Benz has re-envisioned the one ton steel standard, designing a car made out of a steel-alternative called BioFibre. BioFibre is lighter than metal and plastic yet stronger than steel. If used in a car, the car would weigh around 875.5 pounds and would also be entirely biodegradable.

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Photo: Biome concept

And apparently instead of running on regular fuel, the BIOME would run on a mysterious fuel called “BioNectar4534?, which leaves no byproduct other than oxygen.

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Pic: Mercedes Biome, lab-grown car

When asked about his inspiration for the car, Hubert Lee, head of Mercedes-Benz advanced design studios said, “As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree.”

What this means is the car is also a solar collector. It’s designed to work like a leaf, and absorb solar energy while you’re out and driving about. The result? That’s what would power the vehicle, mostly. Other details about the vehicle are still anyone’s guess.

Here’s looking forward to your very own lab-grown car. Just beware of those pesky test-tubes!

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  1. Mercedes Benz A-Class concept unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show | DWS Auto India said on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 7:16

    [...] The design of the A-Class concept essentially draws inspiration from wind, waves and aviation engineering. The car’s front has a sporty grille, large Benz logo as seen in the SLS AMG, CLS models, slender rear view mirrors, ornamental headlamps with two rows of LED lights and sharp-looking, deep-set headlamps. The rear however, gives the impression of a crossover largely because of the thick C-pillar, protruding boot lid design and widely swapped-out tail lamps that accentuate the width of the car. Also read: Mercedes benz BIOME concept car will be lab grown from DNA [...]

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