The 89th Geneva International Motor Show has another star turn in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.
A 'teaser' version of the first all-electric racing car to be entered by the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team makes its world debut.
The EQ Silver Arrow 01 will be on public display from March 7 – 17, 2019 at the show. The car has been given a special 'teaser livery' that provides an idea of the team's Formula E campaign to come. The definitive design will be presented at a later stage ahead of the season opener.
"The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 teaser car gives a foretaste of the first all- electric Silver Arrow from Mercedes-Benz," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. "The blue touches and the subtle contrast between matte and gloss in conjunction with the star motif at the rear of the vehicle convey the concept of progressive luxury in electric motorsport."
"The countdown to our entry into Formula E has now officially begun," says Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff. "Our team has obviously been working behind the scenes on this project for quite a while now, but when you see the car in our teaser livery for the first time, you know that the project has entered a serious phase."
The EQ Silver Arrow 01 isn’t a racecar that Mercedes-Benz built from the ground up. French and Italian outfits Spark and Dallara built the chassis. Atieva built the 52kWh battery pack using Sony cells, and it was integrated by McLaren. The race car can generate up to 340 horsepower, go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, all with a weight of nearly 2,000 pounds.
However, the team still has a lot of work to do before the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 competes in its first race towards the end of the year. "Formula E is going to be a completely new playing field for us," adds Toto Wolff. "But we are looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-electric drives in motorsport and of giving a positive boost to the EQ brand."
At the start of the debut season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2019/20, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team will be entering not one, but two all-electric racing cars.
Formula E was launched in 2014 as an all-electric alternative to Formula One and other gas-powered motorsports. The series is currently in the middle of its fifth season, and it already pits a bevy of high-profile automakers against each other every month, including Audi, BMW, Nissan, and Jaguar. Porsche is also set to join the series starting next year.
The brand with the three-pointed star will thus become the only automobile manufacturer in the world to compete in both Formula 1 and Formula E.
echnical Specifications: Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
|Overall width||69.7 in|
|Front track||61.1 in|
|Rear track||59.2 in|
|Ride heightt||2.9 in (max)|
|Minimum weight (incl. driver)||1984 lbs (battery: 849 lbs)|
|Battery (weight)||849 lbs|
|Battery (Capacity)||52 kWh|
|Battery (charging times)||ca. 45 minutes|
|Power output (practice & qualifying)||340 hp|
|Power output (race)||272 hp|
|Attack Mode||306 hp|
|Maximum speed||174 mph|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||approx. 2.7s|