Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell electric vehicle (image via Auto Bild)
There has been some Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell promotional video, but that was just moving beauty shots more than anything. Now Formula 1 Driver David Coulthard has driven the electric sports car and posted the video on YouTube.
He’s a bit put off by the exterior at first, but as soon as he starts driving the car, he immediately takes a shining to the car. The performance is quick off the line and handling is still quite good by demonstrating the acceleration and doing a slalom test for the cameras.
Later the engineers ask him questions about the car and show David how to recharge the car. Strangely the answer to how long it takes to recharge is mysteriously inaudible.
Eventually he takes the car for a drive down public roads in Norway, something that is a bit refreshing considering that the car is a concept car. Here the viewer gets to see the real-life performance of the car, with it going over grades and using its regenerative braking.
Overall the racer is very pleased with the car, it has great seamless acceleration and excellent cornering abilities. There are some cutout audio in the video where David is discussing what he thinks about the car, which could either be audio issues or more than likely censoring by Mercedes-Benz to keep the technology of the car a trade secret.
The car looks great and looks very fast, but any true car-lover will be disconcerted with the lack of an exhaust note. Part of the driving experience is hearing the car revving through the gears and here there is only a slight turbine-like whine and road noise. Even the engineers asked David if he was upset about it.