With permission of Abloh’s family, the automaker has released images of the Project Maybach, which will be privately shown to art students at a Miami museum.
The wild, 20-foot-long electric two-seater wears the name of Mercedes-Benz’s ultra luxury brand Maybach, but is designed with oversized off-road tires, skid plates, an external roll cage and fully reclining seats.
The coupe’s epically-long hood is equipped with solar panels and the car fitted with auxiliary adventure lighting normally reserved for a pickup or rally racing car.
Abloh developed in in partnership with Mercedes head designer Gorden Wagener as a styling exercise and there are no plans to put it into production, but a previous and similarly outlandish Maybach concept from 2005 called the Exelero was built as a one-off car and sold for a reported $ 8 million.
Abloh’s connection to Mercedes goes beyond his work in the fashion world. He was also close friends with six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamltion who drives for the Mercedes-AMG F1 team and was often seen wearing clothing designed by Abloh.