Vision EQ Silver Arrow
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Introduction


The Vision EQ Silver Arrow

Introduction


The Vision EQ Silver Arrow


Unveiled during Monterey Car Week 2018 at Pebble Beach, California, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow offers a tantalising glimpse into the future of automotive design.

With its fluid lines and seamless surfaces, this extraordinary single-seater, all-electric show car pays homage to the record-breaking W 125 Silver Arrow of 1937. Even the paintwork in alubeam silver is a nod to the historic Silver Arrows which, for weight reasons, did not have a white paint layer.

Yet it also showcases uniquely progressive design features, from the characteristic lighting strips and illuminated EQ lettering to the partially covered multi-spoke wheels, finished in a rose gold colour — a hallmark of the EQ range.

Inside, the theme continues with a fascinating fusion of past and present, analog and digital. Traditional, high-grade materials such as saddle brown leather and solid walnut hark back to the racing cars of yesteryear, providing an intriguing contrast with the futuristic cockpit technology.

This includes a curved panoramic screen which displays a projected 3D image of your surroundings and even lets you take part in virtual races with Silver Arrows past and present. In readiness for potential charging technologies of the future, the screen can also highlight road lanes designed for inductive charging.

Other cutting-edge technologies include a touchscreen on the steering wheel, enabling you to select drive programs and configure a range of sound settings, including a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine and a current Formula 1 Silver Arrow.

The cockpit also features a highly contoured driver’s seat complete with motorsport-style four-point seatbelt, AIRSCARF neck-level heating and a laser-engraved star motif, echoing the tread design on the car’s exclusive Pirelli tyres.

Conceived as an electric vehicle, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow boasts an output of 550 kW (750 hp) and a calculated range of around 250 miles*. The inspiration behind it was the legendary twelve-cylinder W 125 Silver Arrow, in which racing driver Rudolf Caracciola achieved a world record of 268 mph (432.7 km/h) over the flying kilometre on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt.

Set on 28 January 1938, this remarkable record stood as the fastest ever officially timed speed on a public road until November 2017.

 

*According to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure)