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It seems that as soon as a supercar gets built today, the company will turn around and make a install a hybrid or electric drive train into the car, like Audi’s E-tron. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is barely into the production phase and already they’ve built an electric prototype called the E-Cell, which Automobile Magazine has examined.
The most impressive spec in this all electric vehicle is the power that nearly matches the V-8. It produces 526 horsepower and 649 ft lbs of torque that will produce a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds. The lithium-ion battery packs are placed in low in the chassis in front of, behind, and in the center console of the interior space to aid in chassis balance. Power is provided by two electric motors that required the front suspension to be redesigned. Brakes are huge ceramic composite units with18.5 inch rotors up front and 14.2 inch rotors in back.
The article explains that the batteries have a peak load of 480Kw, but did not say what the range would be, either driving it conservatively or not. Our guess is that it would drain rather quickly at track-level performance.
To cut through the air, the SLS AMG E-Cell uses a front apron that uses an adjustable front splitter that is controllable from the passenger compartment, either giving the car more downforce by speeding air underneath the car.
The car of course gets the standard electronic devices that show speed, range and charge status. It also comes with a infotainment system.
Mercedes-Benz wants to produce the electric car, though in low numbers and nor estimated price was given.