Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an all-electric homage to its record-breaking W 125 at Pebble Beach, named the Vision EQ Silver Arrow.
The concept, released on Saturday in Monterey, Calif., highlights Mercedes’ EQ electric brand and has an output of 550 kW with a thin battery in the underbody that can produce a range of around 250 miles.
Its inspiration, the W 125, was built in 1937 and set a speed record of 268 mph on the German autobahn, which remained unbeaten until Nov. 2017.
The Vision EQ Silver Arrow features a digital cockpit which includes a large panoramic screen on which a 3D image of the surroundings is projected from behind.
It has technology capable of engaging in a virtual race against historic or present Silver Arrow racing cars through artificial intelligence.
“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 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.”
A statement released by Mercedes read: “The EQ brand is shaped by the avant-garde, distinct aesthetic of Progressive Luxury.
“This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.”