The Geneva Motor Show always has its share of surprises, and 2019 is no exception. One big announcement for the show is Mercedes-Benz’s unveiling of their first ever all-electric racecar, which they are calling the EQ Silver Arrow 01. The car will be competing in Formula E starting at the end of the year. Mercedes-Benz will be joining the ranks of other noteworthy car makers that have signed up for the fledgling sport, including Audi, BMW, Nissan, and Jaguar (Porsche is set to join the series this year as well). With only five years under its belt, and with big names participating, Formula E is poised for continued growth, so it makes sense that Mercedes-Benz would join in. “The electrification of our mobility is an essential element in the future of Mercedes-Benz,” stated Toto Wolff, the Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team. “Fittingly, Formula E is a brand new racing series in which we want to measure ourselves on the racetrack with current and future technologies.
The EQ Silver Arrow 01 was a team effort, with Italian outfits Spark and Dallara putting together the chassis, and Atieva, the battery company arm of Lucid Motors, putting together the 52KWh battery pack. The powertrain for the car will be built at Mercedes’ Brixworth engine base. The car reportedly produces 340 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds. Mercedes affiliate HWA will run the Silver Arrow.