Daniel Simon shows new video of the Hydra Schmidt Coupé

Concept Design 24 Aug 2012
Daniel Simon shows new video of the Hydra Schmidt Coupé

Concept designer Daniel Simon has made available a new video of the V16 Hydra Schmidt Coupé, the sleek retro-futuristic car designed for Captain America.


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.”

Hydra Schmidt Coupe by Daniel Simon Hydra Schmidt Coupe by Daniel Simon

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.

In addition to the CGI version, a physical prototype was built for the movie by UK-based Shepardson Studios, using a truck chassis, truck wheels and a Ford V8 dragster engine.

For more information visit Daniel Simon’s website and Facebook page.

(Image copyright: Daniel Simon, Marvel)

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