As part of his university bachelor thesis in design, transport and industrial designer Matthias Böttcher created a very futuristic Mercedes-Benz concept car which takes inspiration from the timeless 300SL Gullwing of the 1950s.
The car has been dubbed the SL|PURE and as with lots of other automotive creations dreamt up by new designers, it’s undeniably futuristic and certainly not fit for production. Despite that fact, it is clearly identifiable as “Mercedes-Benz” and also just happens to be incredibly sleek!
One of the most immediately noticeable design features of the SL|PURE is that it doesn’t feature a windscreen or side windows. While the absence of glass would make it unusable on the road, it does help to create a very aerodynamically efficient body which when combined with butterfly doors, makes for a very unique looking vehicle.
The lack of windows and windshield are also interesting in the fact that they hint references to features of the latest Mercedes-Benz concept, of a driverless car, which includes many sensors and controls which would make the windows potentially unnecessary as the car would be equipped to arrive at it’s destination safe and secure without a human driver.