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Con­cept: EQ Sil­ver Ar­row De­signer: Mercedes-Benz

Odds of production: Just for show

In 1937, Mercedes-Benz em­ployed the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy of the time to build the 12-cylin­der W 125 Reko­rd­wa­gen, which reached a top speed of 432.8km/hr the fol­low­ing year with Ru­dolf Carac­ci­ola be­hind the wheel. Nick­named Sil­ver Ar­row, the 736hp racer was func­tional and beau­ti­ful. In that spirit, the mar­que re­cently un­veiled the EQ Sil­ver Ar­row con­cept, an all-elec­tric sin­gle-seater that is both an homage to its record-break­ing pre­de­ces­sor and a glimpse of things to come.

“We cre­ated a new le­gend of the Sil­ver Ar­row for the next cen­tury,” says MercedesBenz chief de­sign of­fi­cer Gor­den Wa­gener, who pre­sented the con­cept car dur­ing this year’s Mon­terey Car Week. Like its in­spi­ra­tion, the show car em­ploys a pure de­sign and clean lines. But in­stead of metal, the body of the EQ Sil­ver Ar­row con­cept is made from car­bon fi­bre, be­set by mas­sive, multi-spoke wheels trimmed in rose gold. Alubeam Sil­ver paint, with the ap­pear­ance of liq­uid metal, was cre­ated by Clau­dia Braun – the Mercedes-Benz se­nior man­ager of colour and trim – and her team. The look was achieved by using par­ti­cles that flex and fit the body of the car like a metal­lic skin. In the cock­pit, Sad­dle Brown leather and pin­striped wal­nut con­trast with brushed alu­minium trim, while a large panoramic screen projects a three-di­men­sional im­age of the driver’s sur­round­ings.

Mercedes-Benz believes the pow­er­train con­fig­u­ra­tion of the fu­ture is elec­tric, and so the con­cept gets its juice from elec­tric mo­tors that make 738hp and a bat­tery pack that helps achieve a range of more than 402km. And while the Sil­ver Ar­row may be just for show, many of the car’s de­sign el­e­ments are re­flected on the newly re­vealed EQC, the brand’s first all-elec­tric cross­over. — LAURA BURSTEIN

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