Cockpit and chassis are made entirely out of graphene
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t had much luck at Le Mans. One might say the company’s crash-happy history is more memorable than any podium finishes from any other manufacturer. But that doesn’t mean Mercedes’ dreams of winning Le Mans should be dashed. One designer thinks his creation could be the winning formula the company needs.
Martin Chatelier, a design student from from Sevres, France, orchestrated his vision of a Le Mans-winning Benz in the form of the concept you see here. He dubs his creation the DTW, a vehicle which would (hypothetically) be slated for track use in the year 2030.
His inspiration for the design comes from an unlikely place—Le Mans photographer-turned-sculptor Emmanuel Zurini. Chatelier cites his use of “pure materials,” and his ability to create “elegant volumes on a base made of a different material.”
The cockpit of the DTW concept acts as that “base,” with Chatelier digitally sculpting the rest of the vehicle around it. Its dramatic wedge-shaped design allows for pure driver visibility, while the front-end aerodynamics provide the much-needed downforce.
Power comes courtesy of two electric motors generating energy by way of a Tesla turbine. The turbine uses compressed air located in chambers on either side of the vehicle. The advantages of using the turbine, Chatelier says, are far more beneficial than any gas or electric-powered counterparts.
A total of four airbrakes compliment this advanced powertrain, acting as an Aerodynamics Energy Recovery System (AERS) that injects air back into the turbine. Not only do these large airbrakes regenerate the turbine engine, but also help preserve the brakes and reduce braking distance on straights.
Its advanced technology even goes down to the tire. A 3D printer located behind each wheel sprays liquid rubber onto the tires and allows for seamless tire regeneration on track.