The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Is a 750-HP Electric Single-Seater Throwback

Paying homage to its 1930s W125 race car, the EQ Silver Arrow concept is a modern all-electric take on Mercedes's record-holder.


Mercedes seems to love showing off cool concepts during Monterey car week. Last year, it introduced the stunning Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, and the year before that, it brought the equally beautiful Vision 6 Coupe. Now, it's back with another concept for this year's festivities—the EQ Silver Arrow.

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The EQ Silver Arrow is a departure from some of Mercedes's more recent luxury oriented concepts—it's a single seater, inspired by the record-breaking 738-horsepower W125 race car. Like the W125, it uses a streamlined, jetliner-inspired body with deep curves and a liquid silver paint. It has wheel arches similar to the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept, as well as an open cockpit that features a windscreen with a head-up display, and a touch screen on the steering wheel. In the seating area you'll also find brown leather, brushed aluminum trim, and walnut floor panels. The 168-spoke wheels (yes, 168 spokes, each) are made from lightweight aluminum, painted in rose gold, and wrapped in Pirelli slicks. Out back, you'll find a pair of retractable spoilers that deploy and act as air brakes when hauling down from high speeds.

But, unlike the V12-powered W125, the EQ is totally electric. It has two motors—one at each axle. They're powered by a floor-mounted 80 kWh battery capable of producing a claimed 750 horsepower, with an estimated range of over 249 miles per charge. The permanent all-wheel drive ca be altered from the cockpit to distribute torque to the front or rear as needed using three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The driver can also program the car to sound like the current Mercedes Silver Arrow F1 car or a Mercedes-AMG V8, which is a sign even Mercedes realizes electric cars will never sound as good as something with an internal combustion engine.

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The most interesting part of the EQ Silver Arrow isn't the drivetrain, though—it's the "virtual race" feature. Here's how Mercedes explains it:

With the help of artificial intelligence it is possible to engage in a virtual race
against historic or present Silver Arrow racing cars. For this a virtual racetrack
is superimposed onto the real roadway on 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 you become a better driver by
giving instructions during the race.

Sounds like something you'd see in a video game, but for reality. We'd love to try it out sometime.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow concept will be on display during Monterey car week starting Friday. We'd recommend checking it out—judging by these pictures, it's a looker.

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