Mercedes-Benz Built A 740-hp Roadster Based On A Sports Car Of The 1930s

Mercedes has presented a one seater roadster at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept is based on the W125 Rekordwagen sport car of the 1930s with a petrol 5.6-liter 12-cylinder 725-hp engine, which set a speed record of 432,698 km/h on public roads in 1938.

The single prototype is built on an expanded version of the new Mercedes-Benz MEA (modular electric architecture) with a flat floor to place battery modules. The body structure is made of carbon fiber and painted in silver in honor of the W125.

The design was developed by Matthias Schenker from the brand’s North American studio. The exterior was finalized by the company’s chief designer in German Sindelfingen.

A production car will inherit from the concept a number of design elements, for example, a blue light band between head lights and a red one at the rear.

The car got active aerodynamic elements, including spoilers which move out at speeds in the body’s rear and work as air brakes while braking intensively.

Like the original W125, the EQ Silver Arrow received a single cockpit with futuristic-styled interior made in wood and leather. Inside there are two displays: a large trapezoidal screen replaced the front panel, and a smaller rectangular-shaped one integrated into a sports steering wheel.

The car is equipped with an electric powertrain of 738 hp. It is powered by a 80 kWh battery pack. The power reserve is 400 km, as claimed.

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