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Mercedes-Benz showed its first real racing electric car

On the eve of the Geneva Motor Show 2019Mercedes-Benz removed the cover from its first all-electric race car. Named EQ Silver Arrow 01, which refers to the bright electric concept car of the company, this beast will take part in the Formula E race among electric vehicles, which will be held in late 2019. Initially, Formula E was launched in 2014 as a fully electric alternative to Formula 1 and other races involving cars with ICE.

And that, that began with rather harmlessideas turned into a sport with a legitimate, albeit modest, consequence. Now the race is experiencing the fifth season, and every month many new automakers, including Audi, BMW, Nissan and Jaguar, join it. Porsche is also going to join the series starting next year.

New racing electric car from Mercedes-Benz will take part in the "Formula 1"

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will joinFormula E, back in 2017. She will lead a team that is already participating in Formula E - HWA. This will help the automaker, which is building champion cars for Formula 1, to take a decent start. HWA participated in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) on Mercedes-Benz cars, but the company left the tournament in favor of Formula E.

Grateful for 30 years of memories.
Thrilled about the new challenge.

- Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team (@MercedesEQFE) March 4, 2019

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EQ Silver Arrow 01 is a racing car,which Mercedes-Benz was not collecting from scratch. Formula-E commissioned the French and Italian Spark and Dallara to build a chassis. Atieva built a 52 kW battery using Sony elements and was integrated by McLaren. In general, the car can develop power up to 340 hp, accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.7 seconds and weighs about a ton.

But automakers in Formula E are alloweddevelop your own transmissions, including the electric motor, gearbox and inverter - in fact, everything that connects to the battery. The organizers claim that this provides automakers with a test bed for developing motor technology. It also represents a marketing ploy for automakers who welcome the development of electric vehicles (now this is almost all).

Formula E will be completely new for usplaying field ", said the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff. "But we look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the performance of our smart battery engines in motor sports and give a positive impetus to the EQ brand."

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