Responding to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, Mercedes-Benz created Biome, a concept car unlike anything else built from a lightweight biological material that is grown from a seed.
With a weight restriction of 1,000 pounds and just a month for design, Mercedes-Benz turned to biomimicry and the symbiotic relationships of nature for inspiration. The Biome is made from a biological material called BioFibre, uses bioluminescence for headlights, releases pure oxygen as it operates, and becomes a seamless part of the ecosystem.
The BioFibre material is grown in the Mercedes-Benz nursery through proprietary DNA genetically engineered to the customer’s specific desires.
Using Maya software, typically associated with Hollywood blockbusters, the team was able to produce a free-form design that echoes the natural form, protective shell, and structural cavities of an animal skull.
After only a month, using the 3D data from both Maya and Alias industrial design software, the team fabricated the final full-size exterior model.