Mercedes Silver Arrow Returns…
Last summer, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQ Silver Arrow show car at Monterey Car Week.
The one-seater EQ Silver Arrow is an homage to the successful record-breaking W 125 car from 1937. The 2018 EQ Silver Arrow is conceived as an electric vehicle with an output of 738 hp. The overall contrast is the intentional merger of past and future.
“Over 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,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. “The EQ Silver Arrow show car draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it embodies progressive luxury and provides an insight into the future of our design. As a result, the show car drives the design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand to the top.”
Some things to know:
- MB says it has not considered a “production” version of this design study, but the Germans and don’t do anything for laughs.
- When they do decided to build it, however, you might need to tap your rich Aunt Millie for some coin.
- Sound settings can be configured electronically and choices include the sound of a current Formula 1 Silver Arrow or a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine.
While casually chatting up the aforementioned Aunt Millie’s money, impress her that the new Silver Arrow is reminiscent of the historic Silver Arrows which, for weight reasons, did not have a white paint layer.
Did I mention 3D racing?
The driver of the EQ Silver Arrow is encompassed by a large panoramic screen on which a 3D image of the surroundings is projected from behind. As an indicator of future possible charging technologies, the lane of the roadway on which inductive charging is possible is superimposed onto the screen.
With the help of AI, 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.
The Inspiration: The World Record-Breaking Vehicle from 1937
The role model for the EQ Silver Arrow is the W 125 twelve-cylinder, record-breaking car built by Mercedes-Benz in 1937 as a Grand Prix racing car. 646 HP and it wasn’t until turbo charged F1 cars of the early 80’s eclipsed that figure.
For the W 125’s new body in 1937, Mercedes-Benz was greatly inspired by the aviation industry, particularly those crazy WWll kids, Ernst Heinkel and Willy Messerschmitt, who were instrumental in configuring a more aerodynamic W 125 that, in the end, was modeled on a drop of water for its outline and cross-section.
We’ve all driven fast on the Autobahn, but casually mention Rudolf Caracciola over a plate of kale at your yoga retreat, and watch heads nod in silent awe. Caracciola achieved 432.7 km/h (268.9 mph) on the A5 autobahn with the W 125 between Frankfurt and Darmstadt based on the average speed travelling there and back. This speed remained the record on public roads until November 2017.
The EQ Concept Vehicles: Outlook for Electric Cars in all Segments
At the other end of the spectrum, expect MB to soon feature smaller cars with one electric motor on the front axle and one at the rear. With an output of over 268 HP, small machines could end up going hellishly fast.