For all the glory you get from running a 1930s Grand Prix race car, it's not the most comfortable way to get around the city. There is a lack of thanks for one. High and (one can only assume) smelly engine. A seat that has not enjoyed a century of ergonomic research.
So Mercedes-Benz has good news for those who like the 21st century cushiness, but can not get over the appeal of the pre-war period. On a swanky cocktail party on the California coast in the lead to Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance, the luxury car manufacturer EQ Silver Arrow presented a concept that puts a high-tech spin on the car as it once was.  The original Silver Arrows got its name from its paintless aluminum bodies. This is 201
The silver punch teller dates back to 1934, when Mercedes experienced disqualification from a race to show a car a single pound above the limit. To let down the weight, the team scratched the white paint of the W 25 racer, revealing the shiny aluminum body below. They won the race, and the Silver Arrow name followed. This new concept is a tribute to 1937 W 125, as Mercedes driver Rudolf Caracciola used to win the European Championship this year, the predecessor of modern Formula 1 racing.
Like the old races, EQ Silver Arrow only places one, in the middle of the car, just over 17 meters long and about three meters high. This is 2018, it is made of carbon fiber, so it is painted as aluminum. Each wheel has 168 lightweight aluminum spokes painted pink gold and sports a non-rotating hub cap so that the triangular star is not exposed to tension.
You'll find the same logo in the tread on Pirelli tire and sewn into the seat, a detail that stands out even in a fine leather skin, aluminum, walnut and gray suede (to match the exterior). Other coddling features include four-point harness (OK, that's just a safety thing) and the "Airscarf" system that uses warm air to soothe the neck of any driver so eager to hit the road, they forget their scarf up in the penthouse.
But the future really hits the car's drive. Instead of the 5.6 liter, eight-cylinder engine that drives the W 125, this concept gets an 80 kWh battery that gives equivalent to an outrageous 750 horsepower and 250 miles distance between charges. Drivers who digest the battery power, but lack the sound sense of combustion, may have (probably deluxe) sound systems emulate a Mercedes-AMG V8 or a current Mercedes F1 car.
Much of the driver's view is taken up by a panoramic window that offers a 3-D image of the car's surroundings. If you're keen on a challenge, the screen will show a "ghost" contestant, an enlarged reality strike that will let someone run out. And not to lose, the car's "Virtual Race Coach" will give tips, in an unspecified way.
Of course, these are just ideas; EQ Silver Arrow is a concept, and not the kind of thing Mercedes will actually build. But at an age where the race to control control over to the robot dominates headlines, it's nice to visit the glorious man-made racing-without risking a cold neck.
With the help of the "Virtual Race Coach", you can beat the track without worrying about turning this wrinkle upside down. ||||