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Meet the retrofuturistic jet-fuelled Mercedes streamliner

South Korean designer makes a Silver Arrow for 2040. Thing is, we want it now

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If we’re to believe 1960s futurists, by 2040 we will live in a world where our post is delivered by jetpack mailmen, consume three-course meals via a pill and holiday in space hotels. But what would we drive? Well, if the Sixties are to be believed: flying solar-powered autonomous cars. Even now, that seems a bit far-fetched.

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So South Korean designer Minwoong Im has looked into his crystal ball to come up with 2017’s vision of a car from 2040. And it just so happens to be a Mercedes.

It’s a retrofuturistic streamliner influenced by Merc’s 1955 W196R, a car that was influenced by WWII fighter jets. The 2040 Streamliner blends old-fashioned styles with futuristic technology thanks to the flowing, shrink-wrapped 50s lines with a suitably ahead of its time, dual jet-powered engines. 

That’s about as much information as we have for now. But if the future holds an air-powered, graphene-bodied Mercedes LMP1 car with 3D printed tyres in 2030, and a streamliner Silver Arrow in 2040, we don’t want to wait for the future. We want it now. 

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