Its long but equally interesting..
Despite its clumsy-looking features, the boxfish is a near-perfect paradigm of aerodynamcis and rigidity.
DIAMLER CHRYSLER's Bionic Car
by Larry E. Hall
DaimlerChrysler turns to the boxfish as the model to create an aerodynamic and fuel-efficient car.
To cut down on aerodynamic drag, the boxfish-like car has rear wheels which are almost completely shrouded with sheets of plastic, flush-fitted door handles and the use of rearview cameras rather than exterior mirrors.
The bionic car is powered by a 138-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel with a common-rail direction injection system that can go 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.
The bionic car's diesel engine incorporates a state-of-the-art particulate filter to minimize soot exhaust and a Selective Catalytic Reduction system to get rid of excess NOx.
Box and aerodynamic seem to be contradictory. So too, do diesel and clean. But when DaimlerChrysler engineers from the Advance Concept Studio at the Mercedes Technology Center in Sindelfingen, Germany, collaborated with scientists from the company's Research and Body unit, these terms became harmonious in the form of the Mercedes-Benz bionic car, a concept vehicle that was designed consistently in accordance with the principles of nature.
The term bionics was coined in 1958 by an American Air Force major when he combined the words biology and mechanics. But the world's first student of bionics was the Italian Leonardo da Vinci. No less than 500 years ago, this ingenious all-rounder designed a flying machine and derived the principle of the helicopter from what he observed in nature.
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