Mercedes-Benz revealed a concept that they claim to be the “ultimate golf cart” at the Open Championship at the Muirfield last week.
The cart was created at Mercedes-Benz’s forward-thinking design studio in California using ideas submitted by golf fans in a competition held by the German car maker. The stylish two seater adopts a number of design cues from current Mercedes-Benz models combined with a slick profile to give it a highly contemporary look that instantly makes traditional golf carts appear old fashioned.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Car is driven by a plug-in electric energy system; its lithium-ion battery is topped up by a solar panel incorporated into the heavily curved roof structure. The traditional steering wheel sits alongside a joy stick mounted on a extensive centre console that runs through the middle of the cabin, allowing either occupant to perform the driving duties.
It doesn’t stop there! The centre console also encompasses a multimedia panel with a docking station for an iPad or iPhone, together with Bluetooth and USB interfaces. Other luxuries include, a head-up display unit, loudspeakers, air-conditioning, infotainment centre and a communication system conceived to connect the new golf cart with the clubhouse and other golf carts.
A head-up display unit offers a number of additional functions, including a course layout, current scoring status and weather information modes. There’s even a 'fore' button to warn other players of a wayward shot!