It’s the ultimate height in personal travel, inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s R-Class car series. Unlike their sportscars though, this helicopter can carry eight passengers in style and has a TV, fridge and of course; requisite cup holders.
Much like Porsche, which has it’s “Porsche Design” firm and BMW has DesignworksUSA; Mercedes-Benz has its own design wing called “Mercedes-Benz Style.” Intended to take on design projects that call for the brand’s unique take on style and luxury, the Mercedes-Benz design division tackles everything from transportation to lifestyle products and furniture to industrial design. For its first project, Mercedes-Benz Style decided to pimp out a Eurocopter EC145.
Making its debut at the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” was designed according to the brand’s standards of quality and comfort. While the company claims the helicopter incorporates certain Mercedes-Benz design elements, only the characteristic silver paint scheme gives any indication that this is no ordinary helicopter from the outside. On the inside, however, the influence becomes more apparent. With a generous use of wood, leather and other materials commonly found in Mercedes sedans, the interior is plush and spacious for that total VIP experience.
“The interior design of the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ helicopter represents the classic passion of the Mercedes-Benz design language and fulfils the very highest expectations in terms of elegance, luxury and comfort,” said Prof. h.c. Dr. Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz.
Apart from being luxurious, Mercedes claims that the passenger cabin was designed to be extremely versatile as well. The seats are fixed to rails and can be arranged in a variety of different arrangements, seating four to eight passengers. The seats can also be removed completely to better accommodate luggage. Mercedes states that the wide range of interior configurations lends to the helicopter’s versatility, making it just as suited for business trips as it is for family travel.
As the first product from the newly formed design wing, the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” is a good indication of what to expect from the firm in the future. This particular unit is already spoken for by a European customer, who will take delivery of their new ultra-luxurious helicopter after the EBACE show.