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Maybach DRS

Maybach DRS

Maybach DRS

Maybach DRS

Maybach DRS
Make Maybach
Model DRS
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine electric

The Maybach DRS was Maybach's entrant in the 2010 Design Challenge set by the LA Auto Show. The brief for the 2010 competition was to design a car which weighed in at under 1000 lbs (454 kgs), could carry four people, and was safe and comfortable.

The Maybach DRS - "Den-Riki-Sha" (electric powered rickshaw), was one of the more unusual designs featured in the 2010 competition.

To go along with the images of the DRS, Maybach's designers also created a backstory to explain the concept. Here it is:

A radically new car culture will arise in the near future, which is aligned with modern architecture, infrastructure and nature. An astonishing variety of future automotive designs will grow, commensurate, with newly available energy sources, drive systems and alternative production methods. Light, transparent designs with sculptured elegance and an extensive range of comfort and safety options are finding their way into a new eco-conscious world.

The Maybach DRS embodies these attributes and leverages the traditional values of the classic "Jin-Riki-Sha" (human powered rickshaw), which originated in Tokyo circa 1870.

Breathtaking beauty, ingenious luxury and technical brilliance characterize the sophisticated development of the DRS. This Maybach is the first worldwide NMV (Naturally Manufactured Vehicle). Its production process is unique: Per a highly perfected and complex metamorphosis, a readily developed car is born out of a coded DNA-cocoon. Organic intelligence, aligned with advanced bio-mechanical engineering skills, created this special process being designed for a limited number of exclusive vehicles. A futuristic composition of ultra-light construction with a unique luxurious Exterior and Interior expression.

Powered by a self balancing electric drive unit and controlled by an onboard computer that is plugged into a mega city's transport infrastructure, the Maybach DRS delivers a smooth, luxurious journey cross town. To extend its range, this human-electric hybrid allows pedaling power to be supplemented by the driver. Meanwhile, the passengers enjoy the journey in their glamorous surroundings.

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