Mercedes-Benz F125 Hydrogen Gullwing Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

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Pointing the way towards the design of the next-generation S-Class and CL-Class is the brand new 2011 Mercedes-Benz F125 hydrogen-fueled gullwing coupe concept.

The striking concept car will be on show this week at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, which officially kicks off tomorrow, but many of its details have been leaked today.  

The “125” in its title signifies the 125th anniversary of when Carl Benz first registered his “vehicle with gas-engine drive” under patent number 37435 with the Berlin Patent Office, forever changing the way humans would travel.

However, the concept is thoroughly modern, packing no less than four electric motors, each of which is powered by electric energy generated by a hydrogen fuel cell stack. You’ll recall that Mercedes plans to bring its first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to market in 2014 and recently formed a joint-venture to manufacture the clean-running powerplants.

Peak output from the F125’s electric motors comes in at 231 horsepower, which is enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and see it reach a respectable top speed of 136 mph.

With a full tank of hydrogen, the F125 is expected to be able to cover a range of close to 620 miles. However, there’s also a chargeable lithium-ion battery installed helping the car to drive around 31 miles on electric power without activating the fuel cell.  

Stay tuned for more details once the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing by following our dedicated show page.


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Comments (3)
  1. With petroleum power on a slow decline, I'd like to see Hydrogen as the replacement. Hydrogen power is clean, powerful (torque must be pretty good to get a 4.9 second 0-60 time with 231 HP), and available wherever water and electricity are sold. Two thumbs up.

    I think the design is debatable, however. If the SLS is a slightly awkward version of the 300SL, this is the slightly awkward version of the SLS, in our opinion at the Beatnik Brotherhood.

  2. the front looks more like a toyota venza to me

  3. The front looks like that of an American car from the late forties...The future of hydrogen is not very bright. Hydrogen is an alternative but it is not a natural source of energy like oil is. Hydrogen is obtained by hydrolysis of water, which requires electricity and consequently more fossil fuels being burned or more nuclear power plants being built. The hydrogen cell is different, though. It produces electricity by breaking down H2O, which is a natural source. Related technology is expensive now, but may reduce price later with competition

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