Mercedes-Benz Concept Vision EQ Silver Arrow
By Tim Charlet on September 17, 2018
Not all concept cars are 100% original – and there is nothing wrong with that; especially with the latest creation debuted by Mercedes-Benz was showcased to the public during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and pays homage to the legendary 1937 W 125 Grad Prix racer that set mind-blowing road speed record of 268.7 miles per hour. The record stood set by the legendary MB W 125 in 1937 was not broken until 2017.
The new EQ Mercedes-Benz concept car is made from carbon fiber with an alubeam silver coating that replicates the Silver Arrow color from the famous 1937 W 125 Grand Prix. The seamless design is enhanced by lighting stripes that are embedded on the side skirts, which leads to a pair of extendible-spoilers that also act as air brakes. This new concept car rides on a set of 168-spoked lightweight aluminum wheels, with each spoke painted in rose gold.
Stepping inside the Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept car finds a brushed aluminum dash with walnut detailing aspects, and a huge panoramic display screen. The seats are appointed in saddle brown leather. The concept is powered by electric motors that delivers 750 horsepower with a range of up to 248 miles. There is also an artificial intelligence system that allows you to enter a virtual race against present or previous Silver Arrow road-racing cars. The cherry on top is that the touchscreen on the steering wheel allows you to configure multiple driving modes, including a set-up that acts like a Formula One Silver Arrow.
The original 1937 W 125 Mercedes-Benz dominated road racing in 1937. It was powered by an eight-cylinder, 5.6-liter engine propelled by a mechanical supercharger that belted out a mind-numbing 600 horsepower. It was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, a 30-year old engineer who was also a talented driver. The backbone of this legendary racer was a robust tubular frame that was made from a unique steel alloy, with a four cross-member and elliptical cross-section design. A pair of double-jointed axles and torsion bar springs were attached to hydraulic lever-type shock absorbers that allowed acceleration and braking to torque through the chassis for added stability.