This is what a modern interpretation of the iconic Mercedes W125 Grand Prix racer looks like.
Mercedes has a strong showing at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this week including public debuts of the all-new GLE, the B-Class, and the A35 hot hatch. But it’s the striking EQ Silver Arrow Concept that immediately catches your eye. The retro-inspired, elegant shape is a homage to the iconic W125 Grand Prix racer driven by Rudolf Caracciola, who achieved a flying mile average speed of 268.7mph on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt in 1937. Amazingly, this public road record wasn't beaten until as recently as November 2017.
With a length of 17.3 feet, the EQ Silver Arrow Concept certainly has a strong presence at the show, and the full carbon-fiber body looks stunning when viewed up close. The Alubeam Silver finish is also a nod to the historic Silver Arrows race cars, which didn’t have a white paint layer to keep the weight down.
The interior is also a tribute to the original race car with saddle brown genuine leather on the seat and steering wheel, as well as polished aluminium. This is contrasted with futuristic tech including a panoramic screen that displays information to the driver.
Being a modern interpretation of a historic race car, the Silver Arrow Concept is conceptualized as part of Mercedes’ EQ family and features the sub-brand’s signature light strips at the front and side of the car. It also has illuminated EQ lettering in front of the rear wheels to remind you that this Mercedes is fully electric. Paired with an 80-kWh battery, the electric motors deliver a combined output of 750 hp and a range of up to 248 miles.