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Electric SLS shatters Nurburgring record


ELECTRIC cars are supposed to be boring, right? Well, tell that to the engineers at Mercedes-Benz.

They’ve built an all-electric SLS that recently lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife, also known as The Green Hell, in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes.

This electric AMG super sports car is therefore the first electrically powered series production vehicle to have mastered the legendary race track in less than eight minutes.

“Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with this new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer to have circled the Nordschleife in less than eight minutes with an electrically powered series production vehicle. This record run is further proof for our constant innovative vigour,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The car uses four motors - one for every wheel, essentially making it four-wheel-drive. Mercedes claims driving dynamics of the highest calibre, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety. The system also includes AMG Torque Dynamics, which allows for selective distribution of power to each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque has a beneficial effect on handling, driving dynamics and safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked in accordance with the specific driving situation. As with other AMG fare, the Torque Dynamics comes as standard with three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus mode.

The SLS AMG Electric Coupé is quickly building a reputation for itself. In its current guise it accelerates to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250km/h. Power outputs are rated at over 500kW with 1 000Nm of torque. The proposed range of 250km isn’t too shabby either.



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