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Published on June 11th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive Circles The Nordschleife In Record 7:56.234 Minutes

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June 11th, 2013 by
 
According to a Daimler press release, an electric production vehicle has circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop, in Nürburg, Germany) in under 8 minutes, the first time that has been done.

Electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe.

Electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe.

The car is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. The track it succeeded on is 12.9 miles (20.8 km) long.

For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle circles the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution. With the extremely efficient battery technology deriving from Formula 1, four electric motors positioned close to the wheels, the individual wheel torques “AMG Torque Dynamics”, the SLS eSound and our ambitious “AMG Lightweight Performance” design strategy, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive generates a breathtaking sensation unlike any other model out on the road”, according to Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.  Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.



It accelerates from 0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, which is the same as the Tesla Roadster. The top speed is 250 km/h (155 MPH), which is irrelevant to almost everyone due to the fact that street speed limits are well below that.

This Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive is equipped with four electric motors, one in each wheel. Electric motors are the only motors which can be installed in the wheels in a car due to their compact nature, and lack of plumbing.

The amount of power that each wheel receives can be controlled, which provides an impressive amount of control over the vehicle. As the Daimler press release said, “individual wheel torques” are controllable. It called this “AMG Torque Dynamics.”

Pretty impressive. And what a beautiful car.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.  Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

Daimler/Mercedes is also working on the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, which is sure to be a lot more affordable. The Mecedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive is supposed to cost $538,000.

Here are some pics of the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive from sister site Gas2:

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

Image Credit: Chris DeMorro / Gas2

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  • davidg11

    ACHTUNG! Bring the Tesla S to Germany for 1/5 this price and same performance, SCHNELL!

  • RobS

    I can’t understand why Tesla hasn’t made it a priority to get a model S to the Nurburgring. It’s such a worldwide respected standard, a sub 8 min lap would really get the Model S even more firmly into people’s minds (particularly Europeans) as a legitimate high performance vehicle.

  • JamesWimberley

    It’s ridiculous, but unaffordable sexy machismo is important for brealing the stereotype of EVs as wimpy.
    Will James Bond drive one in the next movie? With four independent and separately controllable motors in the wheels, I imagine the car can turn in little more than its own length, like a battle tank. Handy for escaping from the Villain.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yep, agree, and that’s the reason we cover such things. I initially passed on this story, because I don’t care for such things, but it is actually very important for creating demand for EVs.

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