The oddly shaped concept was a technological tour de force with electronic accelerator and brake pedals.
Name: Mercedes F 500 Mind
Debuted: 2003 Tokyo Motor Show
Specs: 4.0-liter V8 diesel engine with 250 horsepower, electric motor with 68 hp, 5.09-meter (200-inch) long, 2.97-meter (117-inch) wheelbase
Why We Remember It Now:
Aside from its unusual shape, the F 500 Mind crammed a lot of tech inside a futuristic cabin featuring a massive glass sunroof and innovative pedals for acceleration and braking. It genuinely deserves its 15 minutes of fame in our Concept We Forgot series.
Mercedes has a long history of F-badged research vehicles, and this F 500 is probably one of the quirkiest. While it’s not exactly the prettiest car to get the three-pointed star, we do love that nearly all-glass roof, which hopefully one day will be available on a production model. We’re also quite fond of the rear doors, which aside from opening the usual way, these can also be opened in the opposite direction like suicide doors.