Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first ever all-electric racecar named the EQ Silver Arrow 01 on the event of 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Now the company will have to compete with EV racing series Formula E starting at the end of 2019. Formula E was launch back in 2014 as an all-electric alternative to Formula One and other gas-powered motorsports.
In 2017, Mercedes-Benz announced that they were joining Formula E and that it won’t be like series. For this reason, the company is taking over a team which is already running in Formula E called HWA. It will help the company in manufacturing cars like Formula One. Though, HWA was used to operate Mercedes-Benz’s racing team in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series, which last year the German automaker left in favor of Formula E.
“Formula E is going to be a completely new playing field for us,” Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said in a statement. “But we are looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-electric drives in motorsport and of giving a positive boost to the EQ brand.”
The EQ Silver Arrow 01 is not like other race cars which the company has built form the grounds. Formula E hired French and Italian outfits Spark and Dallara with building the chassis, another EV startup Lucid Motors which is the battery company who manufactured the 52kWh battery pack using Sony cells. Anyhow, this Mercedes-Benz largely spec car could generate up to 340 horsepower, go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds with a weight of nearly 2,000 pounds.
“The blue touches and the subtle contrast between matte and gloss in conjunction with the star motif at the rear of the vehicle convey the concept of progressive luxury in electric motorsport,” said chief design officer Gordon Wagener of this version, in a company press release.
Automakers or developers in Formula E are allowed to manufacture their own drivetrains including the electric motor, gearbox, inverter, and everything that connects to the battery. The development of racecars would provide automakers with a test bed to work on electric propulsion technology.