When someone says the word supercar, what adjectives come to your mind? Probably things such as fast, expensive, stupidly powerful, and loud. Well what if I told you that Mercedes has made their most powerful AMG sports car yet, and that it can cross off three out of the four adjectives that I just listed? You’d probably respond back quickly asking why it’s only three out of four instead of ticking off all the boxes on the checklist. Well, with 750 horsepower and nearly the same amount of torque, stupidly powerful is certainly covered. The acceleration generated by all that power certainly takes care of the fast element, and with a $400,000 — plus taxes — asking price, expensive is almost an understatement. That just leaves one box to be checked: loud. And unfortunately that’s something that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive can not do because, well, it’s electric.
Car enthusiasts often times tend to be skeptical of change, so obviously a quiet, conventional electric supercar is subject to quite a bit of skepticism. Fisker tried it with the Karma and, er, we already know what’s going on there. And with already so much doubt surrounding the emergence of the electric car as a whole (and people stating that the electric car is not ready for the mainstream quite yet), what good could possibly be pulled from an electric supercar? Fortunately, Chris Harris took a rather futuristic looking SLS Electric Drive to the Paul Ricard circuit to find out, and spoke with one of the engineers to break down the mystery of why the car can do what it does.
However, with this car turning from an engineer’s ultimate fantasy to a reality, people are unsure on whether or not to love or loathe this car. For me, frankly, I’m a bit stuck in between the two. On one hand, I love the fact that it boasts all this performance and does (almost) everything a supercar can and should do. Later on in the video, the engineering underneath the car’s body frame had me in astonishment and amazement as the technological mastery was utterly remarkable.
On the other hand, however, I hate the fact that there’s no soundtrack to it like there is with it’s gasoline-powered SLS AMG brother — although I shouldn’t call them brothers because, as later pointed out in the video, other than the body frame, these two cars really have nothing in common with each other. To me, it represents the possibility that cleaner emissions could some day take away certain things we adore about cars such as sound, just look at Formula E as an example.
I think it would be a much wiser idea, however, for me to let Chris Harris describe the experience and ask the questions that reveal all the painful attentions to detail payed by the engineers and let you figure out what you think for yourself. Feel free to start a conversation in the comments section about what you think. So, without further adieu, I give you Chris Harris and all of his tail-slidyness glory.