E gave a first look at the Pebble Beach exhibit Mercedes already with the sculpture 'Aesthetics Progressive Luxury'. This is a superlative sports car around six meters long, with a carbon body that offers space for one person. The design team around Mercedes chief designer Gorden Wagener started an internal competition with the task of designing a radically reduced vehicle in the style of the 1930s with a modern interpretation. The result was the blue sculpture, the shape of which rises from the ground. Like the study now revealed in Pebble Beach, the sculpture pays homage to the successful W 125 record car from 1937.
Ultra-flat carbon structure
The EQ Silver Arrow is 5.30 meters Length a little shorter than the sculpture. In height, the single-seater with its body structure and its attachments made of carbon fiber comes to just under one meter. The front mask is designed as a large display and has a continuous light strip. The side skirts are also traversed by a strip of lights, and the large, recessed EQ lettering in front of the rear wheels is illuminated in blue, as is typical of the brand. The rear diffuser is reminiscent of racing. Two retractable rear spoilers also act as air brakes.
Other highlights of the Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow include the driver's cockpit, which can be opened up to the front, as well as the partially free-standing multi-spoke wheels with non-rotating hub covers and rose gold-colored spokes . Slicks in size 255/25 R 24 in the front and in size 305/25 R 26 in the rear were fitted on top. The star pattern on the tread demonstrates love for detail.
Electric drive with 550 kW power
The paintwork of the EQ Silver Arrow in Alubeam silver is reminiscent of the historic silver arrows that were freed from the white paint for weight reasons. In the interior of the futuristic Mercedes, traditional, high-quality materials such as real leather, brushed aluminum and solid walnut wood dominate. The digital cockpit comprises a curved panoramic screen with rear projection and a touchscreen integrated into the steering wheel. The seat is equipped with a four-point belt and neck heating. The pedals can be adjusted for ergonomic adjustments, the seat is fixed.
Even if different soundscapes can be set in the cockpit - from the F1 sound to the V8 - the EQ Silver Arrow is designed as a purely electric car. The electric athlete has an electric motor on the front and rear axles with a total system output of 550 kW. The driving characteristics can be changed via a front- or rear-heavy torque distribution of the permanent all-wheel drive. The battery built into the underbody has a capacity of 80 kWh, which should enable a range of around 400 kilometers.
EQ Silver Arrow as Project One successor?
But whether the model, which will be ready for series production in about five years, and then really will be offered under the name EQ, is currently still open. It is also conceivable, if large parts of the Mercedes program are electrified by then, that the brand name EQ will disappear again and the silver bullet will debut as AMG.
This would virtually succeed the AMG Project One, the celebrated its world premiere as a two-seater sports car at the IAA 2017 and its plug-in hybrid drive (1.6-liter V6 petrol engine with 1,000 hp) as a rear-mid-engine was taken directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car.
Aesthetics Progressive Luxury: Homage to Caracciola
In the past, Mercedes had already shown outlooks of upcoming designs and series models with other sculptures . In 2010 “Aesthetics No. 1 “, 2011 ' Aesthetics No. 2 '(interior design) and' Aesthetics 125 ', 2012 ' Aesthetics S '(S-Class view) and 2017 'Aesthetics A' (outlook on A-Class sedan) presented. 'Aesthetics Progressive Luxury' now cites the upcoming super sports car and is intended to pay homage to the streamlined racing car with which Rudolf Caracciola set a world speed record on public roads in 1938: 432.7 km /h.