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【Summary】Earlier this month German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz revealed its futuristic concept inspired by Silver Arrow racecars. The concept model was revealed in official pictures released by the automaker.

Manish Kharinta    Jul 29, 2018 5:00 PM PT
Mercedes Silver Arrows Concept Showcases Company's Latest Design Study
author: Manish Kharinta   

Earlier this month, German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz revealed its futuristic concept inspired by Silver Arrow race cars. The concept model was revealed in official pictures released by the automaker. 

These are the initial pictures of a design study and the company plans on showcasing a real-life model at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concourse D'elegance. Mercedes has dubbed the model as the Aesthetic Progressive Luxury concept.

The inspiration for this concept car has been derived from the classic Silver Arrow racing cars from the 1930s. Rumors suggest that Mercedes plans on developing a one-off working model which will incorporate the design language adopted by the concept. This one-off model will be a Halo car showcasing the company's all-electric drivetrain technology whilst also marking the debut of Mercedes-Benz EQ electric sub-brand. 

The road going version is likely to also be a single seater like the classic Mercedes-Benz streamliner Silver Arrow racing cars of 1930 like the Avus, T80, and W12.

The electrified Silver Arrow concept car will succeed Mercedes-Benz's lime green SLS AMG Electric Drive as the company's latest Halo car. Rumors also suggest that road-going version will be offered with a peak power output of 740 BHP generated by two electric motors. The one-off flagship concept will also be offered with all-wheel drive.

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The inspiration for this concept car was derived from the car driven by Rudolf Caracciola 90 years ago. The car driven by Caracciola managed to set a world speed record on public roads. The top speed recorded for the car was 269 mph which was achieved on its run on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. 

It is speculated that the company will try and achieve the same top speed with its under-development Halo car.

As the model seen in the picture denotes a design study, it has been built so that it looks like it is disintegrating at the rear. The design team of Mercedes explains this design choice by implying that it aims to embody the dynamics and speed in a fascinating manner. 

The designers also said that another factor of the vintage race car design that inspired them was the way it managed to balance incorporation of aesthetic benefits, all the while also achieving the goal of making the car functionally fast.

The German automaker also hinted that even though this design study will not be directly incorporated into the future electric vehicles developed by the company, we might still be able to find some styling cues that have been derived from this concept. 

The first car offered with the EQ badge will be the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The car has been slated to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show which will be held in October.


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