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Mercedes Mimics Nature

| Friday July 1st, 2005 | 1 Comment

Daimler Benz has taken German automotive engineering to the next level of emissions efficiency by engaging in a process called biomimicry, “the conscious copying of mechanisms from natural organisms and ecologies.” In this instance, Mercedes looked for naturally occurring examples of safety, comfort and aerodynamic efficiency.
The specie best embodying these qualities for Mercedes’ purposes turned out to be the boxfish. Contrary to what you might expect of its cube-shaped body, this tropical fish represents an aerodynamic ideal. The end result of this engineering mimicry: A diesel car averaging 70 miles to the gallon. If you want to take it to the next level, diesel engines can be easily converted to run on biofuel, which is any fuel derived from biomass (recently living organisms or their metabolic byproducts).


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