The ‘Concept IAA’ aka Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile is, essentially, a transformer
Showcasing a sleek design, this cutting-edge new model from Mercedes-Benz is not just a pretty face.
The 'Concept IAA' (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) represents two cars in one and automatically switches between the two modes - design and world-class aerodynamic - when the vehicle reaches 50mph (80km/h).
The digital transformer has a Cd value of 0.19 and can reach top speeds of 150mph (250km/h), potentially more, said Alexander Hilliger von Thile at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Von Thile is Principal UX Software Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America.
An elegant transformation
To transform, the vehicle changes from its four-door coupe design to become smooth and elongated using a variety of shape-shifting measures.
Active Rims alter 5.5cm from concave to flat
Eight segments extend a full 39cm at the rear of the car; flaps, much like fins, in the front bumper and rear extend 2.5cm and 2cm respectively, allowing improved air flow around the wheel arches; Active Rims alter 5.5cm from concave to flat; and the louvre in the front bumper moves 6cm to the rear, thereby improving the underbody air flow.
Rear segments extend 39cm in aerodynamic mode
A sharp interior
The interior is based on the design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and S-Class Coupe, in addition to touch functions. Smooth and sophisticated, the interior catches the eye with hints of vivid lighting.
Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for GroupResearch and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development commented:
'Fascinating and technically sophisticated cars form the core of Mercedes-Benz. The 'Concept IAA' applies intelligent innovations to resolve the conflicting aims of functionality and aesthetics and shows that we still have plenty of ideas on how to achieve further improvements in efficiency.'