There is something pretty damn intoxicating to a vintage-looking car full of powerful modern technology. Mercedes-Benz saw that appeal, so they got their inspiration from their record setting from 1937 W 125, loaded it with an electric powertrain and pulled off the covers to drop a few jaws on Pebble Beach.
The original W 125 drew inspiration from the planes of the era, whose smooth curves and the solid-looking body testify. Rudolf Caracciola took the car on the A5 motorway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, where they set a blood-curdling record of 268.9 mph – a record that lasted for eighty years, until 2017.
That is pretty impressive for a car back in the day, and why rot with a good thing? Mercedes-Benz knew they had a car with potential in the W 125 because it hit almost impossible records. Why not update it with a modern electric powertrain to set standards for stylish, environmentally friendly and safe vehicles?
The power line of the Silver Arrow concept is powered by a thin, rechargeable battery to keep the sleek feeling of the entire car. It has a capacity of 80 kWh for a range of 250 miles, which is not bad when you look at the fuel consumption of many cars today. And with a power of 738 hp that is not a bad deal. I would drive this bad boy away.
And it's just like that looks so damn good. It is a single-seater, so you do not have to worry about someone else getting in the way of your sick ride. Painted in Alubeam Silver, you can imagine that it cuts through the air like dripping, molten metal. There is plenty of brushed aluminum, brown leather and wooden pinstriping to make you feel like you're in a high-tech spaceship, just from the past. And, so you know, it also has extendable rear spoilers, because this thing will run as fast as you want need air brakes to slow you down the road.
Unfortunately, it is just a concept car, which means that you will probably soon see no production version. You just have to close your eyes and imagine how it feels to drive this stylish.