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Feel The G-Force


The Mercedes Geländewagen, or G-Wagen as it is more popularly known, has been around since 1979 in all its Teutonic mightiness. If you wanted a bullet-proof, heavy, thirsty off-roader that could take on any terrain imaginable then this was the car for you – at a price.

These days it has been renamed into the new family tradition and is now the G-Class. It has become posh and refined but, although very good, many buyers would possibly prefer the Range Rover. Nevertheless Mercedes clearly plan to keep this model on the go and at the Los Angeles Show will give us a glimpse of the future with the Ener-G-Force Concept vehicle.

Now, if ever a car looked like it should be helping the police with their enquiries it is this one but in fact it is actually based on a design concept for a ‘Highway Patrol Vehicle’ for the year 2025. It is an SUV (see image) developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge and may well suggest at least some aspects of the new G-Class which is scheduled for 2015.

As a idea of a future police vehicle it will surely fit the bill. With its massive ground clearance, low profile windscreen and huge Tonka-toy wheels it certainly looks the part and should appeal to macho County Mounties in the American West; maybe not so much in Chelsea.

More importantly, the Ener-G-Force is a genuinely environmentally friendly car because beneath its bold exterior drive is provided by electric motors at each hub with power provided by a hydrogen fuel cell. Recycled water is stored in special tanks on the roof which is transferred to something called a ‘hydro-tech converter’ and this in turn coverts the natural resource into hydrogen, thus providing the power.

The juice so produced is stored in the side skirts of the vehicle. Allegedly, the G-Force will carry on for five hundred miles and will emit nothing but water from the tail pipe, and the technology doesn’t stop there. A scanner on the roof ‘examines’ the surrounding terrain and automatically sets spring and damper configurations to achieve maximum traction. Impressive stuff. The only problem might be the perceived danger of the association between the word ‘hydrogen’ and ‘bomb’.

Concept cars are always interesting because buyers of the future can get an idea of what’s coming up. Even some of the more lunatic schemes often turn up a good idea or a solution to a problem that have previously eluded the manufacturers. That’s one of the benefits of good design and all motorists benefit from it in the long run.

You never know, one day we ordinary mortals might get a chance to drive something like Ener-G-Force so it is probably a good idea to order your genuinely authentic imitation Judge Dredd helmet in good time.

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