The 6-meter long Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 might just be the world’s longest, and most expensive, remote control car.
The humongous study looks imposing in the flesh, similar to most pre-war luxury cars. With its elongated bonnet it kind of emanates a “get out of my way” vibe, just like the Duesenbergs, Cords, Packards, V16 Cadillacs, and V12 Lincolns of old days.
Reminiscent of those old money vehicles, the Mercedes-Maybach concept appeals with its attention to detail and status. However, although its hood stretches for miles, it only houses a couple of travel bags, and a picnic set – making the concept’s entire existence an extravagant exercise of opulence.
A theory supported by the fact it’s remote controlled, meaning it won’t overcome its show-car status anytime soon (unlike the previous Maybach super-coupe, used for high-speed testing).
Mercedes says the concept is powered by four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors (each driving a single wheel) that develop around 750 hp.
On paper, the vehicle’s state-of-the-art interior, described as a “360° lounge” with an active windscreen, is a fantastic piece of engineering, but Mercedes has yet to showcase its innovative functions.
As in-glamorous as it sounds, because they’re often impractical or unprofitable projects, many concept cars aren’t fully drivable; car makers often manufacture nonfunctional rolling design studies just to provoke a reaction, and it’s possible the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is one of them.