The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive is the first all-electric car to lap Germany’s famous Nürburgring in less than eight minutes. The bright-yellow supercar managed to complete a lap of the Nordschleife in 7:56.234 minutes.
That time makes the SLS AMG Electric Drive significantly quicker than another German electric supercar, the Audi R8 e-tron. That car turned a lap of the Nürburgring in 8:09.09 minutes. But whereas the Audi R8 e-tron has an uncertain future, Mercedes will put the SLS AMG Electric Drive into limited production from June. The car will cost €416,500 including taxes (about $550,000), although it will not be sold in the U.S.
The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive features a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery that directs power to four electric motors, one at each wheel. Total system output is 751 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful current Mercedes AMG car. Mercedes says the car can hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and manage a limited top speed of 155 mph. Its total driving range is about 155 miles per charge. A system called AMG Torque Dynamics automatically determines how much driving power to send to each of the four wheels, improving grip and cornering performance.
Toyota Motorsports recently claimed a record for the best Nürburgring lap time with an electric car, but its TMG EV P002 is a pure racing prototype rather than a production car. It lapped the ‘Ring in 7:22.329.