Mercedes-Benz unveils all-electric Vision EQ Silver Arrow

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Based on the record-breaking W 125 12-cylinder car from 1937 and equipped with Virtual Race Coach technology, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow provides an insight into the future of motorsport and design for the brand.

“More than 80 years ago, the historic Silver Arrows demonstrated that Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer when it came to speed thanks, among other things, to their streamlined shape,” said Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler. “The Vision EQ Silver Arrow draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it provides an insight into the future of our design.”

The show car’s body structure and functional attachments such as the front-splitter are made of carbon fiber, while the 168 spokes per wheel are made of lightweight aluminum and are painted rose gold – as is typical for EQ.

Offering exceptional traction and correspondingly fast acceleration, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow has slick 255/25 R 24 tires at the front and 305/25 R 26 tires at the rear. Attesting to the attention to detail, tire partner Pirelli has helped to realize a star pattern on the tread.

Two extendible rear spoilers act as an air brake by increasing the wind resistance when deceleration is desired. The digital cockpit, meanwhile, includes a curved panoramic screen with back projection, as well as a touchscreen integrated into the steering wheel.

With the help of artificial intelligence, it is possible to engage in a virtual race against historic or present Silver Arrow racing cars. For this, a virtual racetrack is superimposed onto the real roadway on the panoramic screen and the driver sees their opponent either ahead of them or behind them. The Virtual Race Coach assistance function helps you become a better driver by giving instructions during the race.

The Vision EQ Silver Arrow is conceived as an electric vehicle. This soundless Silver Arrow has an output of 750bhp. The thin rechargeable battery in the underbody has a usable capacity of approximately 80kWh and enables a calculated range of over 400km according to the WLTP. Side air vents help to cool the battery.

 

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