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Now that the SEMA Auto Show is in full-swing, it’s important to keep one eye on the horizon and look ahead at the next major auto show on the calendar. That just happens to be the LA Auto Show at the end of the month and one of the most important parts of the festivities is the annual Design Challenge. Automotive design studios from around the world are invited to participate with this year’s theme being billed as “Hollywood’s Hottest New Movie Car.”

Straight out of Germany is the Mercedes Silver Arrow, a car that was actually designed as an homage to 125 years of automotive innovation and design excellence. Despite its German roots, the brains behind the Silver Arrow is actually Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America, which based their work on a story featuring two futuristic crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, going up against Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved futuristic race car from the latter’s clutches of terror.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow draws inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’s W125 series, particularly the Silberpfeil racecar of the late 1930’s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 50’s, as well as the company’ Formula racing history. The long-slung, sculptured design of the car features an overall shape that speaks to the design’s futuristic setting, highlighted by a diagonally configured, hub-less roller track for ‘Omni-Directional’ maneuvering.

From the minds that brought you the Mercedes Biome of a year ago, the Silver Arrow is an adventure waiting to happen.

UPDATE 12/29/11: Mercedes has released a fresh set of photos of the Silver Arrow Concept, which you can check out at the gallery below. If the initial renderings and sketches blew your mind, wait until you see the latest images of the Hollywood-inspired concept that was designed for the LA Design Challenge last month.

  • 2011 Mercedes Silver Arrow Concept: "Silver Lightning"
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  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

Just a concept? haha I am hoping to see this car wandering on the streets of LA or in New York. This one looks futuristic and something that everybody would want o own.

  (372) posted on 12.14.2011

I wish I could try driving this as well in real life! smiley Anyway, just like them, I’m also captivated by the futuristic and lovely appearance of this silver Lightning, and I can’t wait for the movie of it.

  (559) posted on 12.11.2011

This silver arrow really looks so futuristic and robotic on its platform! Well, just like them, I can’t wait already for the movie that this race car enclosed.

  (579) posted on 12.1.2011

Yeah! This is really so exciting! When will truly be its movie come out on cinema? I can’t wait to see its final outlook on the movie, but I bet it is absolutely a unique and a good-looking vehicle!

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

Well, I can’t wait to know what movie could I see this one. smiley This silver arrow could surely be stood out in that movie, and I’m really impressed with this one for it was also featuring a futuristic features. 

  (449) posted on 11.7.2011

Well, if they really use it on a movie, I can say that it will truly be one of the hottest cars and surely get lots of attention, because on its strange and very futuristic platform, but I wonder if what’s the engine specs of this one?

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