The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA can 'transform' at high speed

Ahead of this week’s Frankfurt auto show, Mercedes-Benz just showed off the Concept IAA, a silver bullet of a car that’s designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. But it’s got two very different modes: below 80 km/h (50mph), it bears some resemblance to a normal sedan; above 80 km/h, a bunch of panels deploy from the front, rear, and sides to reduce drag coefficient to 0.19 (for comparison, the most efficient current-generation S-Class has a Cd of 0.23).

There’s clearly some design DNA shared with Mercedes’ wild F 015 self-driving car, but the Concept IAA feels considerably closer to reality, despite its status as a transformer — it’s got a fairly conventional 279-horsepower hybrid drivetrain and appears to be designed for driving by…

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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