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The Mercedes IAA Concept Is The Closest Thing To A Real-Life Transformer

The shape-shifter focuses on aerodynamics.

Automakers arelooking towards electric vehicles and hybrids to improve fuel economy. But Mercedesappears to be going after perfecting the next generation of vehicles throughdesign. Its latest concept, the IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile), hasactive aerodynamics that can change its body shape. The Mercedes-BenzCLA is the world’s slipperiest production car with a drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd, which the IAA bests with one of just 0.19 Cd. Above 50 mph, the vehicle can grow 15 inches in length.

The incredible concepthas eight segments in the rear that extend the four-door coupe’s length to increase aerodynamic efficiency. Flaps in the front bumper extendby one inch to the front and 0.8 inches to the rear for improved airflow aroundthe front end. The vehicle is powered by an unidentified gasoline-electricplug-in hybrid drive that puts out 279 hp and can get the concept onto alimited top speed of 155 mph. In “Design Mode,” the IAA has a range of 39miles, which improves to 41 miles in “Aerodynamic Mode.” This may be a conceptthat’s at least a decade away from being built, but damn it looks good.

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