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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.