Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row | AU­TO­MO­BILE Lux­ury

An emo­tive sign­post to the fu­ture of de­sign

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Mercedes-Benz un­veiled the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row dur­ing Mon­terey Car Week, a yearly event at­tract­ing car afi­ciona­dos and col­lec­tors from all over the world. The one-seater ve­hi­cle is also an homage to the suc­cess­ful record-break­ing W 125 car from 1937. The paint­work in alubeam sil­ver is rem­i­nis­cent of the his­toric Sil­ver Ar­rows which, for weight rea­sons, did not have a white paint layer. The in­te­rior is dom­i­nated by tra­di­tional, high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als such as gen­uine leather, pol­ished alu­minium and solid wal­nut. The dig­i­tal cock­pit, mean­while, points directly into the fu­ture: It in­cludes a curved panoramic screen with back pro­jec­tion, as well as a touch­screen in­te­grated into the steer­ing wheel.

SPORTY SIL­HOU­ETTE

With its clear, seam­less de­sign, the de­sign id­iom of the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row is a brand-spe­cific em­bod­i­ment of the de­sign phi­los­o­phy of Sen­sual Pu­rity. The stream­lined sil­hou­ette of the ap­prox­i­mately 5.3-me­tre long and ap­prox­i­mately one me­tre shal­low one­seater ve­hi­cle is slen­der yet sen­su­ous.

The show car’s body struc­ture is made of car­bon fi­bre. The mul­ti­ple lay­ers of paint­work in alubeam sil­ver ap­pear like liq­uid metal over the top. This con­cept rep­re­sents the de­sign po­lar op­po­sites of “hot” and “cold”. Func­tional at­tach­ment parts made of car­bon fi­bre such as the front split­ter epit­o­mise the cool and ra­tio­nal as­pect of this phi­los­o­phy. The same ap­plies to the front trim de­signed as a dis­play, as well as the con­tin­u­ous light­ing strip at the front. The side skirts also fea­ture a light­ing strip and the large, re­cessed EQ let­ter­ing in front of the rear wheels is il­lu­mi­nated blue as is char­ac­ter­is­tic of the brand.

Other high­lights in­clude the driver’s cock­pit, which can be folded for­wards, and the par­tially free-stand­ing multi-spoke wheels. The non-ro­tat­ing hub caps and the par­tial trim on the wheels are other stylish and in­no­va­tive high­lights. The 168 spokes per wheel are made of light­weight alu­minium and are painted a rose gold colour as is typ­i­cal for EQ.

Of­fer­ing ex­cep­tional trac­tion and cor­re­spond­ingly fast ac­cel­er­a­tion, the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row has slick 255/25 R 24 tyres at the front and 305/25 R 26 tyres at the rear. At­test­ing to the at­ten­tion to de­tail, tyre part­ner Pirelli has helped to re­alise a star pat­tern on the tread.

The rear dif­fuser is rem­i­nis­cent of mo­tor­sport. Two ex­tendible rear spoil­ers act as an air brake by in­creas­ing the wind re­sis­tance when de­cel­er­a­tion is de­sired.

BE­TWEEN TRA­DI­TION AND MODER­NITY

The in­te­rior of the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row rep­re­sents the val­ues of Pro­gres­sive Lux­ury. The de­sign id­iom com­bines time­less aes­thetic ap­peal with fu­tur­is­tic vi­sions.

When the driver’s cock­pit is folded for­wards, it pro­vides a view of the sur­pris­ingly wide in­te­rior. A con­trast brings it to life: On the one hand, it uses tra­di­tional, high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. These in­clude sad­dle brown gen­uine leather on the seat and steer­ing wheel, pol­ished alu­minium through­out the in­te­rior and solid wal­nut with darker conif­er­ous wood pin­stripes on the floor. This cre­ates a bridge back to the his­toric rac­ing cars of the Sil­ver Ar­row era. On the other hand, mod­ern, high-tech so­lu­tions such as the large pro­jec­tion sur­face for the panoramic screen and in­no­va­tive user ex­pe­ri­ence so­lu­tions such as the vir­tual race op­tion (see be­low) rep­re­sent the EQ’s typ­i­cally vi­sion­ary char­ac­ter. This con­trast is an in­ten­tional merg­ing of past and fu­ture.

The sit­ting sur­face and back­rest have an un­usual pat­tern which is aligned with the seat con­tour: Stars have been stitched in with the help of laser en­grav­ing. AIRSCARF neck-level heat­ing is in­te­grated into the seat. A four-point seat­belt in­spired by mo­tor­sport holds the driver se­curely in place. The ped­als can be adapted to the driver’s spe­cific stature, with a con­troller lo­cated on the seat for ad­just­ing the ped­als.

To match the ex­te­rior paint fin­ish in alubeam sil­ver, the side walls of the in­te­rior are cov­ered in a lux­u­ri­ous, grey suede.

DOU­BLE SCREEN AND VIR­TUAL RAC­ING

The driver of the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row is en­com­passed by a large panoramic screen on which a 3D im­age of the sur­round­ings is pro­jected from be­hind. As a pointer to fu­ture pos­si­ble charg­ing tech­nolo­gies, the lane of the road­way on which in­duc­tive charg­ing is pos­si­ble is su­per­im­posed onto the screen.

With the help of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence it is pos­si­ble to en­gage in a vir­tual race against his­toric or present Sil­ver Ar­row rac­ing cars. For this a vir­tual race­track is su­per­im­posed onto the real road­way on the panoramic screen and the driver sees their op­po­nent ei­ther ahead of them or be­hind them as a “ghost”. The Vir­tual Race Coach as­sis­tance func­tion helps you be­come a bet­ter driver by giv­ing in­struc­tions dur­ing the race.

There is also a touch­screen on the steer­ing wheel. The driver can use it to se­lect pro­grams such as Com­fort, Sport and Sport+, which of­fer dif­fer­ent driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics. Sound set­tings can also be con­fig­ured here: Choices in­clude the sound of a cur­rent For­mula 1 Sil­ver Ar­row or a Mercedes-AMG V8 en­gine.

EMIS­SION-FREE DRIVE SYS­TEM

The Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row is con­ceived as an elec­tric ve­hi­cle. This sound­less Sil­ver Ar­row has an out­put of 550 kW (750 hp). The thin recharge­able bat­tery in the un­der­body has a use­able ca­pac­ity of ap­prox. 80 kWh and en­ables a cal­cu­lated range of over 400 km ac­cord­ing to the WLTP. Side air vents help to cool the bat­tery.

THE EQ CON­CEPT VE­HI­CLES: OUT­LOOK FOR ELEC­TRIC CARS IN ALL SEG­MENTS

With the Con­cept EQA, Mercedes-Benz demon­strated how the EQ strat­egy can be trans­lated to the com­pact class at the 2017 Frank­furt Mo­tor Show. Fea­tur­ing one elec­tric mo­tor on the front axle and one at the rear, this elec­tric ath­lete has a sys­tem out­put of over 200 kW. The drive char­ac­ter­is­tics can be al­tered by vary­ing the per­ma­nent all-wheel drive’s front to rear torque dis­tri­bu­tion. The Con­cept EQA shows which drive pro­gram has been se­lected on a unique vir­tual ra­di­a­tor grille.

At the 2017 Frank­furt Mo­tor Show, smart pre­sented the smart vi­sion EQ fortwo – an elec­tric and au­ton­o­mous vi­sion for highly

ef­fi­cient and flex­i­ble lo­cal pub­lic trans­port. Au­ton­o­mous and elec­tric-pow­ered, the smart vi­sion EQ presents a con­sis­tent con­cept for the fu­ture of ur­ban mo­bil­ity and the fu­ture of car shar­ing. The ve­hi­cle picks up its pas­sen­gers directly from their cho­sen lo­ca­tion and has no steer­ing wheel or ped­als.

The Con­cept EQ, un­veiled at the 2016 Paris Mo­tor Show, her­alded the new EQ prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy brand – a con­cept ve­hi­cle with the looks of a sporty SUV coupé that pre-empted many el­e­ments of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, which comes onto the mar­ket in 2019.

THE IN­SPI­RA­TION: THE WORLD RECORD-BREAK­ING VE­HI­CLE FROM 1937

The role model for the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row is the W 125 twelve-cylin­der, record-break­ing car which Mercedes-Benz built in 1937 on the ba­sis of the Grand Prix rac­ing car.

For the new body in 1937, Mercedes-Benz was in­spired greatly by the avi­a­tion in­dus­try: Ex­am­ples in­clude the rec­om­men­da­tion from the de­vel­op­ment de­part­ments of the air­craft fac­to­ries of Ernst Heinkel and Willy Messer­schmitt to shorten the front over­hang and to make the front more rounded. The front was also ex­tended fur­ther down and ended more steeply at the tip. As de­sired, this re­duced lift on the front axle. A longer and more strongly raised rear re­duced lift on the rear axle. One strik­ing fea­ture – and in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign­ers of the Vi­sion EQ Sil­ver Ar­row – was the round cock­pit glaz­ing mod­elled on a drop of wa­ter in terms of out­line and cross-sec­tion.

With it, Ru­dolf Carac­ci­ola achieved 432.7 km/h on the A5 au­to­bahn be­tween Frank­furt and Darm­stadt based on the av­er­age speed trav­el­ling there and back. This speed record on pub­lic roads stood un­til Novem­ber 2017.

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