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
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
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.