Students head back to the future
26 March 2009

This Frankenstein’s monster was created by Mercedes-Benz students when they were asked to build a fuel cell-powered car.

The F-Cell roadster draws inspiration from both the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886 and modern Mercedes sports cars such as the SLR.

The vehicle has an emissions-free fuel cell system in the back and packs a power rating of 1.2 kW (1.5bhp).

Its top speed is 15mph and the car has a range of 218 miles.

Inside there are carbonfibre bucket seats covered in hand-stitched leather and a joystick to steer the F-Cell.

The car was a training exercise for over 150 trainees from the German manufacturer’s product design, model-building, electronics, coating technology, mechatronics, manufacturing mechanics, and interior appointments departments.

"This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our vocational training," said Gunther Fleig, Daimler human resources board member and labour relations manager.

However, if you are looking for some ultra-modern retro chic for the summer you’ll be disappointed; this is purely a one-off.

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