Mercedes-Benz builder got a good look at the week of the car week in Monterey, California last week. The presentation of the EQ Silver Arrow prototype is both a tribute to pre-war cars, also known as “Silver Arrows”, and the very real confirmation of the electric offensive envisioned by the brand to the star money that will soon begin with the official presentation of the first EQ vehicle, the EQ C utility.
The EQ Silver Arrow prototype pays particular tribute to the 1937 W125, a single-seater that had reached a top speed of 268.8 mph (or 432 km / h) on a closed portion of the Autobahn, a record realized … in 1937!
The concept vehicle continues the tradition of “Silver Arrows” by offering only one seat and an aerodynamic body as possible. It is made entirely of carbon fiber, as are the fins and the rear diffuser. The rims, on the other hand, feature 168 rose gold-painted aluminum spokes that blend well with the brand’s silver color, in addition to the blue hue associated with the brand’s electrical concepts.
The minimalist interior is still dressed in good quality materials such as leather, aluminum and walnut. But since it is a racing car cover of the future, the dashboard is limited to a panoramic screen curved behind a steering wheel which is also equipped with a touch screen to adjust the driving mode, including.
The EQ Silver Arrow prototype is equipped with a 738 horsepower electric motor coupled to a 80 kWh battery block allowing a theoretical autonomy of more than 400 km.
20 years already for smart
The smart manufacturer celebrates its 20th anniversary these days, the Mercedes-Benz division having been born just before the end of the last century with the production of the first models of the urban car in 1998, after the presentation. of the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997.
What few people know is that this curious automobile company was first conceived in the 1970s by the engineers of the Silver Star brand. The “car of the future” was designed for the first time in 1972 with a total length of 2.5 meters – the current car is 2.69 meters. However, the technology of the time did not allow to design a city car as small respecting safety standards. Development continued in the 1980s, but for the same reasons, the microcar could not be approved for mass production.
Designer Johann Tomforde is responsible for this curious silhouette, which first came into being in the form of the Eco-Speedster and Eco-Sprinter concepts in 1993. However, the smart brand could never have been take off without the participation of Nicolas G. Hayek, founder of the Swiss watch brand Swatch, who had already indicated his intention to market an urban car in 1989. A thread in hand, the company will become part of the giant Mercedes- Benz. In 2000, smart will launch a convertible variant of its small Fortwo. Then, three years later, the Roadster and the Roadster Coupe arrived on the European market! A year after the presentation of the Roadster, smart was bringing back with a larger smart, the Forfour, a model that will not last long in Europe.
The smart adventure in Canada will begin in 2005 with the first generation of the model still powered by a small turbodiesel engine. The second generation of the Fortwo will appear in 2007 (2008 at home), it is larger and more modern, without altering the original recipe. Then, in 2014, smart will bring back with the third chapter of its Fortwo, a model that since 2017 is exclusively available with an electric motor.
Unfortunately, this green shift in Canada, the United States and Norway has had a significant impact on the model’s sales figures. After 20 years, the smart brand is able to move solely to electric propulsion despite the moderate interest of the public face a city whose advertised autonomy is 93 km. The question is worth asking, even if it is an important birthday for the brand. For now, we can only wish a happy birthday to the smart division!
Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer: A foretaste of a three-row plug-in hybrid SUV
We had seen little revealing images of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer and we now have the finished product unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a few hours ago.
Named after a Swiss ski resort representing the practical and versatile concept of the concept, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer unveiled today in Geneva wishes to capitalize on the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The latter is the best-selling hybrid plug-in vehicle of 2018, a success that even Mitsubishi could not have predicted. The Engelberg Tourer, always a concept, presents what could be a new generation Outlander or a second electrified SUV. According to Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer, Trevor Mann, this product will come on the market and is not just a nice concept.
“The Engelberg Tourer has a real powertrain that we can actually build and put on the market. It’s not a concept just to unveil something, “Mann had said before Engelberg Tourer’s debut.
The Engelberg Tourer is powered by a two-engine plug-in hybrid engine that can transmit power to all four wheels (four-wheel drive). The traditional combustion engine is a 2.4-liter unit very similar to that of the Mitsubishi RVR 2020. It is paired with an electric motor and a battery offering a range of 70 kilometers in all-electric mode. The total range is 700 kilometers.
Mitsubishi highlighted the adventure potential of the Engelberg Tourer, showing the concept being driven aggressively on the snow and noting the AWC AWD system. This system, which was originally on the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, allows the driver to modulate the torque distribution between the axles and offers much more control than a normal active full-time transmission system.
The Engelberg Tourer also benefits from the torque distribution between the front wheels for better agility and optimal use of the instantaneous torque of the electric motor. Another novelty on the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer that the manufacturer calls Connected Car System. The technology uses a range of variables such as weather, outdoor temperature, traffic data and topography to select the optimal driving mode to maximize efficiency.
The Engelberg Tourer is certainly a concept, but it is interesting to observe some realistic characteristics and ready for the production of the SUV. It may be a prototype, but you can see how it could be quickly converted into a production model. It is also interesting to note that it has an engine that exists.