TodayApril 15, 2022

Mercedes-Benz EQ electric concept rebirth of a legend

Dietmar Exler, President, and CEO Of Mercedes-Benz USA told us the Inspiration behind the EQ Silver Arrow and introduced the talented Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG.

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The World Record-Breaking Vehicle from 1937

The role model for the EQ Silver Arrow is the record-breaking car built by Mercedes-Benz W 125 twelve-cylinder constructed in 1937 as a Grand Prix racing car. Dietmar Exler, President, and CEO Of Mercedes-Benz USA introduced the supercar inspired by the aviation industry at Monterey Car Week, leading up to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Rudolf Caracciola produced an average speed of 432.7 km/h (268.9 mph) on the A5 autobahn with the W 125 between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. That speed remained the record until November 2017.

Exler then gave the floor to Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG to introduce the world unveil of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow electric supercar.

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow concept electric supercar

Imagine looking at a drop of water and creating a car from that one drop of water. That is what the designers of the EQ Silver Arrow used as the inspiration for the round cockpit glazing, for its outline and cross-section. Wagener drove the EQ Silver Arrow into the limelight, full of light and movement, sans any noise except the clapping hands of adoring fans.

Weight is a big issue for racing cars, so many cars did not have the white paint layer, hence the name Silver Arrow. “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.”

The EQ Silver Arrow concept is conceived as an electric vehicle with the ability to produce 738 horsepower. The thin rechargeable battery in the underbody has a usable capacity of approximately 80 kWh and enables around 250 mph range. Side air vents help to cool the battery.

Watch the video as Wagener gets out of the car, and showcases the sounds the car has to offer, as well as the luxurious interior.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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