As the power-usage meter swings into the 100% range, you half-expect to hear R2-D2 scream in electronic alarm – we're onboard Mercedes-Benz's $435,000 SLS
Electric Drive and the red-and-white curb markers just blurredinto a hyperspace jump, en route to a record-setting 7 minute 56 second record lap around the
Nürburgring. Probably the most famous racetrack in the world, the 'Ring is proving grounds for everybody from Pagani to Hyundai, and having the lowest lap
time is ultimate bragging right.
With the eight-second barrier thoroughly zapped,Mercedes can safely thumb their noses at Audi's engineers: the R8 e-tron does the deed in about 8 minutes,
Better yet, the four-wheel-drive electric SLS trumps some of its petrol-powered nemeses; it's faster than the V8 R8, and is a mere ten seconds or so behind
the V10-powered Audi. All without burning a drop of fuel.
Mind you, that's still a whopping half-minute slower than the gasoline-powered SLS AMG GT, currently the ultimate liquefied-dinosaur-swilling Merc, which
is also significantly cheaper. Moreover, while the X-Wing whirr is quiet enough to hear tires scream and small stones rattle off the undercarriage,
something of that wonderful AMG V8 bellow is much missed.
Even so, as we move toward a future where cars plug into the wall like your toaster, it's nice to know the German marques are still doing battle over
bragging rights. Worried that in fifteen years we'll all be driving electric toothbrushes? Good news – lightsaber sounds are nearly as entertaining.