All it needs is a name.
The ultimate of ultimate hypercars are getting crazier and crazier. Who would ever have thought that we'd see something like the Aston Martin Valkyrie or Bugatti Bolide come to life before robots rule the world? It's an exciting proposition, contemplating how far car design will go in the pursuit of speed, efficiency, and sheer shock value. But while certain companies like Pagani are happy to churn out yet another variant of the Huayra, one Mercedes designer has decided to see what a future Pagani may look like, assuming Mr. Horacio one day goes to the extremes that Aston Martin and Bugatti have.
The designer responsible for this epic render is Vivien Kleczek, and although he has worked at Volkswagen, Skoda, and now Mercedes-Benz without having his name directly attached to any modern production cars, his sketches show a lot of promise and a clear style of his own while also integrating characterizing design cues, like the exposed-linkage shifter.
We're not sure what place such a shifter would have in a future dominated by electric vehicles, but with the design also incorporating Pagani's trademark quad-exhaust layout, we assume that Kleczek is imagining his design to be powered by some sort of internal combustion engine.
We also see an oval intake duct over the roof, delicate wing mirror arms, projector headlights, a V-shaped nose accent, and multispoke wheels. So while this may not be a real machine just yet, it certainly is more than just some uncoordinated flight of fancy. Sure, it's highly improbable that we'll ever see this exact vehicle on our roads, but we have no doubt that Kleczek's talent will one day influence a real-life car, whether it be a hypercar like the AMG Project One's eventual successor 20 years from now or some other form of "electric mobility solution". We can't wait to see what the future holds.