T he Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow could easily become the second all-electric Maybach. After all, it's as sumptuous and outgoing as Mercedes-Benz boss design manager Gorden Wagener's 2017 Pebble Beach effort, the open e-power Maybach 6 .
But while the 6 paid tribute to the great pre-war tourists and cabriolets of the marquee, EQ Silver Arrow revealed Friday night at a Mercedes event at Pebble, a tribute to Mercedes's most extreme ultra-low-tight single-seat race car, the historic W125. W125 in 1937 created a world record of 268 mph on a German autobahn that lasted until last year. While the forefront was powered by a compressor-driven 5.2-liter V-1
This Pebble Beach Concept is probably a one-time perspective that demonstrates the potential of the newly established EQ division. The driver sits in the center of the experience. The shape of the high transitional protection fin is a mixture of vintage Le Mans and modern Formula 1. Access to the driver's seat is via a hinged canopy. From behind, Mercedes looks like Batmobile reinvented.
The minimalist front wings extend around and around the tailored 255 / 25R-24 Pirellis, rubber-lined etch with a triangular star pattern. The rear majority of alloys are shed with smoother cooler 305 / 25R-26 tires. To smooth the airflow, the metallic metal wheels are covered by flush semi-circular body color elements attached to the Rolls Royce-style fixed-center hubs. The car's carbon fiber chassis is a monocoque in the purest sense of the word; The flat bottom triangular shape is just wide enough for the single-seat cockpit with all modern conveniences.
Mercedes claims that there is plenty of the driver's leg and shoulder compartment that is secured with a four-point belt. The leather seat is fixed, but the power-driven pedal can be moved. While Alubeam paint is perfectly adapted to the interior of brushed aluminum, the solid walnut-with-pinstripe post on the floor is a little strange.
From the driver's point of view, the instrumentation of the ultimate Mercedes EQ is a positive era of romance. The main display is a curved panorama screen that also serves as a canvas for a 3D projector located near the driver's head. This high definition color system knows all the tricks, is programmable, keeps track of traffic and has more specific (futuristic) talents as lane guidance for inductive charging.
Thanks to a generous help of similar futuristic artificial intelligence, EQ Silver Arrow can also create a race against historical or current silver arrows, which show the car's position against the competitor on a given circuit. Touch the Virtual Race Coach button, and an invisible employee talks you through one turn after the other, doing their best to improve your skills. A large touch screen on square steering wheel hub is the key interface between driver and machine.
There are three basic modes to choose from: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The choice of background music played by the audio generator includes the dulcettes of Lewis Hamilton's W09 F1 car, and the pre-war factory Rudolf Caracciola's SSKL. The 737 hp output comes from two electric motors, supported by an 80 kWh battery pack. The combination is good for one claimed 250 miles of quiet, but inspired cruising, on the European cycle.
If size is important, EQ Silver Arrow has its bases covered: it's the world's longest single seat, measuring 208, 6 inches from top to toe, or 1.7 inches longer than today's S560 sedan. At only 39.37 inches tall, however, it can cruise during most tariff barriers without ruffle driver's hair. In perspective, the distance between the front axle and the pedal box exceeds the total length of a Smart ForTwo. Amazingly, the batteries, engines and performance electronics are cooled by air sucked in through different black inlets. The only weather protection for the driver is a low, heavily swept windshield – and the mandatory crash helmet. Integrated in the rear edge of the roadster is a finned diffuser and two active spoils that also function as air brakes.
"Eight decades ago, the silver arrow began at a time with ultra high-speed motor cars," said Wagener. "Today, we greet these incredible machines with EQ Silver Arrow. Its key mission is unmatched performance, ultimate driving pleasure, progressive luxury and the seamless fusion of digital and analogue style elements. Furthermore, the Pebble Beach concept gives you a glimpse of the unique formwork Mercedes prepares for the electric EQ family of cars. "
Although this new concept can show us Merced's future design language, apart from the single-set layout, there are many impractical realities of a production EQ Silver Arrow. No thanks, no space for luggage, and no luxury amenities are three ready indications that Benz who could have been a Maybach is bound to stay once. But we know for a fact that AMG has completed the preliminary implementation of an all-electric car in this room, so the idea of a high-speed, all-electric super cruiser halo car still lives and kicks in the zone between Untertürkheim and Affalterbach.