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The BIOME Concept design by designers of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California. Designers taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem. According to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad “The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree”.

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Mercedes-Benz at the Los Angeles Design Challenge: Mercedes-Benz BIOME: an Ultralight Vehicle at One with Nature- The designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised everyone with a revolutionary vision.

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Taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.

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At the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised everyone with a revolutionary vision. Taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.

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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 Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth's ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree" according to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad. This year the competition had called for the creation of a vision of a safe and comfortable 2+2 compact car featuring good handling and a first-class design, and weighing only 1,000 lbs (around 454 kg/kerb weight).

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The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultralight material called BioFibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs (around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534.

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As part of this process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: 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.

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The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is powered by BioNectar4534, which is stored in the BioFibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it into BioNectar4534.

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This creates a direct link with nature's energy sources and acts as an incentive to cover mobility energy requirements through more trees and at the same time maintain natural resources. Like plants, the Mercedes-Benz symbiosis vehicle also produces oxygen, thereby contributing to improving air quality.

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The Gladiator’s Bike is a concept study of a flying racing vehicle inspired by Roman chariots, created for a futuristic, dystopian world. Motorsports races have become a violent fight, much like the gladiator games in the Ancient Rome.

Inspired by the gladiators’ chariots, the flying racing bikes have an essential design that leaves the mechanical parts exposed and features modern weapons on the sides. “There have been dazzling developments in science and medical science, but they were only for the haves.”

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Gladiator Bike, just like its name, this awesome bike design is inspired by Gladiators at the Colosseum. This futuristic flying racing bike would be his vision for our future world where we start accepting the idea of violent sports, a match that is more like a war where each contestant attacks each other in order to win.

Gladiator bike design exposes all its mechanical elements, as you can see from the pictures, it is equipped with weapons on both sides of its wings. You can expect to see violent fights between fearless racers in order to win the event.

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In the 22nd century, the gap between the rich and the poor is getting bigger as days go by. There have been dazzling developments in science and medical science, but they were only for the haves. The life expectancy of the haves got close to infinite, but it wasn’t the same for the rest. The monopolistic phenomenon for the haves got intensified and the invisible, non-circulating class differences among people started to occur. They gradually started to openly enjoy violent sports close to the human nature and such sports started getting filled with professional athletes and methodical systems little by little.

It was like a physical match between gladiators at the colosseum, which was a sports for aristocrats during the Roman times. In a match that was similar to a war, they had to attack each other, survive and finish the race the fastest in order to win the event and acquire huge fortune and honor.

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Gladiator bike motif was taken from the chariots used by the gladiators. Identity was taken from iron bats and knife blades on both sides, and they were transformed into modern weapons to design transportation equipment. By exposing all mechanical elements nakedly of Gladiator Bike, the detail was shown and design was organized by implementing a shape that covers them.

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The BMW X1 is a small SUV designed to slot in under the X3. Although why BMW need another SUV model under the already small X3 is a difficult question to answer. Especially as both models look nearly identical. BMW's hit-or-miss design philosophy, which is called "flame surfacing" in proffesional circles, has struck again. This time it's a miss.

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The BMW X1 concept was first shown to the public at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. While the X1 concept will undergo some minor styling changes before production, the overall design will remain pretty intact. The rear 3/4 view is the BMW X1's best side. Here the design is characterised by crisp styling lines which create areas of sharply defined highlights and shadows. At the front the styling is overpowered by the ugly flaring nostrils and partially recessed headlights. In a way it looks like a poor replica of a generic BMW SUV.

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Automotive designer, studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA (BS, 2004) and California College of Art (BA, 2003) in San Francisco, he started his designer's career with Volkswagen in the Europe (2002), Volkswagen and Audi in America (2003) and later with Nissan (2003-2004 - 1 year); since January 2005 with Designworks in California as a Senior Automotive Designer; Kim also teaches Art Center College of Design (from 2006)

Kim designed the BMW Hydrogen Powered Salt Flat Racer - a concept of the racing car built reusing ordinary materials like used oil barrels and old barbecue lids as the main building material of the car chassis and wheels Kim designed the body of the new BMW X-1

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Measuring 4,457 millimetres in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108 millimetres shorter than the BMW X3. BMW X1 Concept Design Sketch 05 BMW X1 Concept Design Sketch 02 BMW X1 Concept 01Thanks to the 2,760 mm wheelbase, the general proportions, the four doors and a large tailgate, the X1 Concept offers its passengers a high amount of space.

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The Meridian Gold Metallic paintwork colour accentuates the youthful and dynamic look of the Concept Car, and creates an effective play of light. The 19-inch light-alloy rims feature a new ten-spoke design – another typical styling element of of BMW’s X models.

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In North America, the X1 is BMW's smallest SUV offering, and has a low starting MSRP of $30,800. The X1 is also BMW's first SUV to offer rear-wheel drive (RWD) as an option (only on the sDrive28i model). The sDrive28i and xDrive28i models will offer a 2.0L, 241 horsepower turbocharged inline four-cylinder (I4) engine, and the xDrive35i model will offer a 3.0L, 300 horsepower single turbocharged inline six-cylinder (I6) engine. Four different lines will be available: the ES/SE Line, the Sport Line, the Luxury Line, and the xLine.

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The lines offer unique trim differences to differentiate each one from another. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission will be available on North American models. The interior will be similar to that of the current BMW 1 Series Coupe, also offered in North America. Development began in 2004, with design work commencing in 2005. Final design work was done by Richard Kim during 2006 and frozen for production in mid-2007.







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