Designer Steel Drake’s vision for the Mercedes-Benz SF1 concept car lit up the internet when he published its initial schematics earlier this year. Now Drake has finalized the curves and lines of the futuristic speed machine.
Bucking the current trend, its rounded top and sharp edges look beyond the trend for curvy body designs and into a realm where aerodynamics are achieved through angular air conduits.
One of the first difference on the SF1 that would distinguish it from the rest of the Mercedes-Benz fleet is the Mercedes logo itself; instead of the iconic “propeller-in-a-circle” hood ornament, the new simplified badge does away with the circle. For better or for worse, this alteration leaves the propeller naked and the logo somewhat resembles that of a Mitsubishi, which also employs a three-armed propeller-type design in their logo.
The rear of the car droops down, and has been described as “sad looking” by some in the automotive press. The engine of the SF1 resides in its hind quarters like a true sports car, close to the square dual exhaust pipes and streamlined LED taillights.
Designer Steel divulged the personal satisfaction he gained from the success of his initial design in a press release.
“When I published the concept car of SF1, I did not expect such popularity. This project has been published on many websites, printed in various magazines around the world. I would like to thank everyone, I am very pleased.”