Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQ Silver Arrow show car during the recent Monterey Car Week, the annual event in California that attracts car aficionados and collectors from all over the world.
The one-seater EQ Silver Arrow is an homage to the successful record-breaking W 125 car from 1937.
The Alubeam Silver paintwork is reminiscent of the historic Silver Arrows which, for weight reasons, did not have a white paint layer.
The EQ Silver Arrow is conceived as an electric vehicle with an output of 738 hp. The thin rechargeable battery in the underbody has a useable capacity of approximately 80 kWh and enables an approximate range of over 250 mph. Side air vents help to cool the battery.
The interior is adorned with traditional, high-quality materials such as genuine leather, brushed aluminum and solid walnut. The highly futuristic digital cockpit includes a curved panoramic screen that projects from behind and a touchscreen integrated into the steering wheel.
The streamlined silhouette of the 5.3-metre long and one-meter shallow one-seater vehicle is slender yet sensuous.
The show car’s body structure is made of carbon fibre.
The multiple layers of paintwork in Alubeam Silver appear like liquid metal on the surface, representing the polar opposites of design: hot and cold.
Functional attachment parts made of carbon fibre such as the front splitter epitomize the cool and rational aspect of the philosophy. The same applies to the front trim designed as a display, including the continuous lighting strip.
The side skirts also feature a lighting strip and the large, recessed EQ lettering in front of the rear wheels is illuminated in blue, as is characteristic of the EQ brand.
Offering exceptional traction and correspondingly fast acceleration, the EQ Silver Arrow has slick 255/25 R 24 tires at the front and 305/25 R 26 tires at the rear. Attesting the attention to detail, tire partner Pirelli embossed a star pattern on the tread.
With the help of artificial intelligence, it is possible to engage in a virtual race against historic or present Silver Arrow racing cars. A virtual racetrack is superimposed onto the real roadway via the panoramic screen and the driver sees their opponent either ahead of them or behind them as a “ghost.”
The Virtual Race Coach assistance function helps one improve driving skills by giving instructions during the race.
The driver can use the touchscreen on the steering wheel to select programs such as Comfort, Sport and Sport+, which offer different driving characteristics. Sound settings can also be configured here: choices include the sound of a current Formula 1 Silver Arrow or a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine.
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