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Smart 341 Parkour Concept Wins LA Design Challenge

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On: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Smart 341 Parkour Concept Wins LA Design Challenge

Take a small, quirky car, add a name that brings visions of high-flying, stunt-man-style action, add some cool conceptual elements, and make the car truly "all terrain"--that sounds like the winning recipe for the "Hollywood car of the future." And, indeed, it is. Mercedes-Benz took home the LA Design Challenge award for the Smart 341 Parkour.

This year's Design Challenge tasked design teams with developing a car that embodied a futuristic Hollywood design. More than just asking for a car that would look good in movies, the challenge required teams to develop a short plot line based around the vehicle.

According to a statement from the jury, Smart took home the award for getting the formula just right, "With the 341 Parkour smart hit the nail on the head: the design combines innovation and functionality with an exciting film plot."

The 341 Parkour was developed by Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios. The Parkour name is more than just trendy advertising. The concept mimics the shortest line between two points element of the sport of parkour by offering drivers the ability to drive city streets, climb skyscrapers and fly to their destinations. While those claims would be a little outlandish for a regular concept car, they work great for a design that aims to exist only in Hollywood.

In terms of plot, the 341 was designed as the go-to vehicle for investigative reporter Annie Angle.

"Several features enable her to take pictures from the best possible locations. The large greenhouse gives Annie 360 degrees of visibility while travelling through the inner city. The wheels are retractable and contain impulse pads and vacuum cups. The hexagon skin around the wheelhouse is adjustable to release the wheels. The Smart has different modes: a typical drive mode, a fly mode that allows the vehicle to hover far above the streets and a climb mode that allows the vehicle to run up the walls of skyscrapers."

The subject of Annie's breaking story? The smart granny robots from last year's Design Challenge-winning Smart 454.



Stephy21 | 9:26AM (Wed, Nov 30, 2011)

Weird looking car, but if it can do all things it will be a hit in hollywood

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