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.
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.
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.
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:
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