In Monterey, California, late Friday, Mercedes-Benz revealed its newest concept car, EQ Silver Arrow. It is a tribute to the brand's original W 125 racing car, which in 1937 set the record for fastest land-speed car on a public road by traveling almost 270 miles per hour. This album was only broken late last year by Koenigsegg Agera.
The electric seat relies on a long list of memorable concepts that Mercedes shows each year before the Pebble Beach Concours décor on Sunday. None of them will do anything near production, but design boss Gorden Wagener says they are useful to illustrate how the brand's future will look like in a car.
As the name suggests, it is extremely long and thin. The car is more than 17 meters long, but only 3 meters deep, with a carbon fiber front splitter and side skirt with a lighting strip. Large, embedded EQ letter delivers the name of the EQ badge with battery-electric vehicles, illuminated in blue in front of the rear wheels.
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] Alubeam Silver paintwork on the car's body is similar to the type used on the original Silver Arrow cars. The rear diffuser also looks like those on vintage racers, with a retractable spoiler that acts as an air brake by increasing wind resistance when the car lowers.
The inside is gray, suede sidewalls, as well as aluminum and walnut trim; Saddle brown leather is laser-etched with stars. The dashboard is curved in a three-dimensional panorama screen that can project images from behind the car, and in the center of the wheel is an integrated touchscreen. A handle on the side of the seat adjusts the pedal height to suit the driver's height.
If EQ Silver Arrow was to be manufactured for sale, Wagener said it would have an effect of 738 horsepower, thanks to a thin rechargeable battery of approximately 80 kWh and a driving range of more than 250 miles.