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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive went around the Nürburgring Nordschleife (“north loop”) in a record time for an all-electric car of 7:56.234 minutes.
This makes the electric AMG super sports car the first electrically-powered series production vehicle to master the legendary race track in under eight minutes.
The record time of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive was notarially certified.
“Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with the new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer which makes it possible to circle the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically-powered series production vehicle. This record run is another proof for our constant innovative vigor.”
And so goes Mercedes-Benz’s press release for its half-million-dollar-plus car displayed in resplendent electrifying colors – it’s also been seen in a glimmering electric blue.
The colorful car’s time however is not nearly the quickest among production-based cars. Records indicate gas-powered cars have gone more than a half-minute quicker, including a prepped Dodge Viper ACR that turned 7:12.13 in September 2011. Other cars that did the same 7:56.x the M-B EV did include a Ferrari F430 in 2006, a Corvette C5 ZO6 in 2009, and a Porsche 911 Turbo did it in 2000.
But the all-electric Mercedes-Benz is in quick company to be sure, as M-B otherwise promotes its new battery powered record setter.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, with which Mercedes-AMG set up the record on the 20.832 kilometers long traditional race track in the Eifel region, is technically identical to the production version, which is being launched this month.
This strongest AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 552 kilowatt (751 horsepower) and maximum torque of 1000 Nm (738 pound-feet).
The gullwing-equipped car is, according to AMG, therefore becoming the strongest and fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle in the world.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 kilometer per hour (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometer per hour (155 mph).
Part of the performance comes courtesy of the AMG Torque Dynamics system and are made possible by the wheelselective all-wheel drive.
The high-voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK. Here, the British Formula 1 experts were able to draw on their extensive experience with KERS hybrid concepts.
AMG said the car’s agile response to movements of the accelerator pedal and the linear power output are a source of pure delight: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and immense power delivery without any interruption in traction on the one hand are combined with completely vibration-free motor running characteristics on the other.
Four motors, four wheels
The intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics of the highest caliber, while at the same time providing what AMG qualifies as the best possible active safety.
According to the developers, the term “AMG Torque Dynamics” refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved.
The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of power to each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque has a beneficial effect on driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked in accordance with the specific driving situation.
|SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive|
|Max. output||552 kW (751 hp)|
|Torque||1000 Nm (738 lb-ft)|
|0-100 km/h||3.9 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|Range||250 km (155 mph) [according to NEDC]|
|Battery energy content||60 kWh|
|Battery voltage||400 volts|
|CO2 emissions||0 g/km|