Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive sets Nordschleife EV lap record

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive sets Nordschleife EV lap record image

Text: Team / Photos: Mercedes-AMG Press | posted June 12, 2013 16:04

SLS AMG EV conquers 'Green Hell' with 7:56.234 laptime

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive has recently set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife ('north loop') with a 7:56.234 laptime. The electric super sports car now holds the title of the first electrically-powered series production vehicle, which masters the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The achievement comes two weeks after the first overall win by its petrol fed stablemate SLS AMG GT3 at the annual 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.

"Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer which makes it possible to circle the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically-powered series production vehicle. This record run is another proof for our constant innovative vigor," according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive sets lap record

"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 GmbH. 

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, with which Mercedes-AMG set up the record on the 20.832 kilometers long traditional race track in the Eifel, corresponds to the series version, which celebrates its launch in June 2013. Currently the strongest AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 751 hp and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. The gullwing car is therefore advancing to become the strongest and fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

While exterior and interior parts come from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, each SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is hand finished at a dedicated Manufaktur section at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. The entire electric supercar is assembled and prepared in seven stations at the same facility as well.

Spec overview of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive:

Max. output: 751 hp

Torque: 1000 Nm

0-100 km/h: 3.9 s

Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)

Range: 250 km (according to NEDC)

Battery energy content: 60 kWh

Battery voltage: 400 volts

CO2 emissions: 0 g/km