Mercedes-Benz has been forging ahead with bold new plans for advanced vehicles that cater to today's latest trends.
However, it seems the luxury carmaker may also be experiencing a bit of nostalgia.
The firm unveiled last month its EQ Silver Arrow electric concept car, which was a tribute to its record-breaking iconic W125 Grand Prix racing marvel from the 1930s.
And although this early version wasn't much for comfort, Mercedes' latest model is designed with all the perks one has come to expect from the high-end vehicle manufacturer and then some.
Expanding on a legacy
“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,” said in a statement Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG.
“The Vision EQ Silver Arrow 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," Wagener added.
Like its legendary predecessor, the EQ Silver Arrow, which measures over 17 feet long and about 3 feet tall, seats just one in the car's center. However, unlike its now-outdated inspiration, the new futuristic model is made of carbon fiber painted to mimic the sleek smooth look of aluminum, true to the original Silver Arrow's build.
The advanced concept car is also equipped with wheels featuring 168 rose gold aluminum spokes. In the meantime, a non-rotating hubcap eliminates the possibility of the three-pointed star spinning and a four-point harness adds security.
However, it's the vehicle’s powertrain that steals the show. The W15's 5.6-liter eight-cylinder engine has been replaced with a powerful 80-kWh battery capable of producing 750 horsepower and 250 miles of range between charges.
As an added bonus, the car's sound system can mimic a Mercedes-AMG V8 internal combustion. In case you missed that good old-fashioned rumble!
Augmented reality ghost racing
As digital screens are all the rage, the view from the driver’s seat is complemented by a giant panoramic screen that exhibits a 3D image of the car’s surroundings. Tempted to race but too scared to find a real-life competitor?
This screen offers an augmented-reality “ghost” competitor to simulate the experience. Which is good because, really, who would want to risk damaging this engineering marvel?
We think the original supercharged racing car would be proud of its super modern counterpart. After all, this previous edition did have its own glory days to celebrate as well.
In 1938, the vehicle earned the Mercedes team the nickname “Silver Arrows” because of its unpainted aluminum body and its then-impressive average speed of 268.9mph (432.7km/h). The record was achieved at the autobahn in Germany with the famous Rudolf Caracciola as the driver.