Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Formula E electric race car debuts in special livery

Mercedes-Benz is officially entering Formula E electric car racing for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, and for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show it has revealed what it calls a ‘teaser’ version of the car. racing car, called EQ Silver Arrow 01.

Mercedes says it “gives an idea of ​​the team’s Formula E campaign ahead”. The vehicle will not be shown in its final livery, according to a statement “at a later stage before the season opener”.

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“The accents of blue and the subtle contrast between matte and gloss in conjunction with the star pattern on the rear of the vehicle convey the concept of progressive luxury in electric motorsport,” said Gordon Wagener, design director for this version. , in a company press release. , with notes that the horizontal blue line symbolizes Mercedes’ electrification-focused EQ brand and contrasts with the green tint of its Formula 1 car, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+.

“Formula E is going to be a whole new playground for us,” said Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Toto Wolff. “But we look forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-powered electric drives in motorsport and giving the EQ brand a positive boost.”

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Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Concept 01

The upcoming 2019-2020 racing season will be the first in which Mercedes will compete in both Formula 1 and Formula E.

Formula E Season 6, which is set to start in December 2019, will also include Porsche for the first time. With the current Season 5, BMW entered as a constructor team and Nissan entered Formula E, replacing its Renault subsidiary.

Mercedes lists its car’s top speed as 174mph, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of around 2.7 seconds.

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The current season is the first with an all-new Gen2 race car, featuring “halo” cockpit protection for the driver, higher power and top speeds, and no full car mid-race swaps. At 52 kWh and 849 pounds, the battery that must power all Formula E cars for the duration of the 45-minute races is a product of McLaren Applied Technologies and Lucid Motors (Atieva), with Sony cells.

Three of Season 5’s 13 races have already taken place, with the next on March 10 in Hong Kong and the season ending with two races at Brooklyn Street Circuit on July 13 and 14, 2019.

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