Powered by 16 cylinder aircraft engine, the Hydra Schmidt Coupé driven by Red Skull in Captain America is one of the most iconic movie vehicles of the latest years, with its rétro-futuristic look, the over-the-top length, the streamlined silhouette and the rear twin axle.
Like other vehicles featured in the movie, it was created by concept designer Daniel Simon, a former VW/Porsche designer well known for his Cosmic Motors book and the futuristic vehicles featured in “Tron: Legacy”.
In an interview with Popular Mechanics magazine, he explained: “At first, I envisioned an extreme car shaped like a 1937 Auto Union Type C streamliner, but I soon understood the film’s director was looking for something classic and upright.”
Conceived as the fastest road car of its time, the Hydra Coupé is over 25 feet long and mixes design influences from the Mercedes 540K, the G4 Off roader as well as styling cues from Bentley and Duesenberg. It also features some aesthetic elements of the Galaxion Coupe – another Simon’s stunning concept.
And like other Daniel Simon’s creations, the Hydra Coupé is characterized by a high quality, modern surface treatment, with clean lines and elegant proportions, which are in this case mixed with classic details and technology and a number of elements that indicate its military use, such as the toolboxes and body enforcements.
(Image copyright: Daniel Simon, Marvel)