Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Coupe Laps Nurburgring in Under 8 Minutes
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife (“north loop”) in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes. The sports car is therefore the first electrically-powered series production vehicle to have mastered the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The record time has been certified just two weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
“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 under 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.
“For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped 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.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, with which Mercedes-AMG set the record on the 20.832 km long race track in the Eifel, corresponds to the series version, which celebrates its launch in June 2013. The strongest current AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 751hp and maximum torque of 1,000 Nm.
The gullwing car is aiming to become the strongest and fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The electric car accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155mph (electronically limited).
The high-voltage battery for the electric drive unit is the result of a collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK.
An overview of the data:
|0-62 mph||3.9 s|
|Top speed||155 mph*|
|Range||155 miles (according to NEDC)|
|Battery energy content||60 kWh|
|Battery voltage||400 volts|
|CO2 emissions||0 g/km|