What could the Mercedes Formula 1 racer of the future look like? Graphic designer Andries van Overbeeke has his very own ideas of a futuristic silver arrow. We will show you the study in detail.
The Formula 1 bosses shouldn’t complain. Since the US media group Liberty Media took over the premier class in 2016, graphic designers from all over the world have made suggestions on how to draw the racing cars more dynamically and aggressively.
Unfortunately, there is not much left of that when switching to the next chassis generation in 2022. However, creative minds are not easily discouraged. They continue to diligently design Grand Prix cars for the future, in which those in charge of the premier class can learn a lot.
Mercedes future in jet design
Andries van Overbeeke is one of the artists who is always known for particularly spectacular Formula 1 creations. We have already presented his futuristic concept studies of a razor-sharp Red Bull, a muscular Williams, a minimalist McLaren, and an elegant Bugatti on our website.
Now the Dutchman has struck again. His current design shows a Mercedes, which is more reminiscent of a fighter jet than a Formula 1 racer. The reason for this is not only the closed cockpit, which we already know in a similar form from the Bugatti study but also the bonnet that runs almost horizontally to the side.
The color also has little to do with the current silver arrow from Formula 1. The silver paint was replaced by a matt surface finish in an anthracite-turquoise-metallic look. The paint makes the F1 racer a real stealth bomber.
The huge wheels, which go far beyond the 18-inch format that will be introduced in the 2022 season, also catch the eye immediately. The matt black underbody, which extends seamlessly into the front of the bargeboards, ensures an elegant sideline. The aero package is rounded off by a wide, sweeping rear wing.
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Since the pilot’s helmet can hardly be seen under the cockpit, the designer has come up with a different trick to identify the driver. The rims are simply painted in an individual color – in this case, the well-known candy red from Lewis Hamilton.