Mercedes-Benz has broken the Nurburgring’s lap record for a electric production car with its SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive, dipping below the 8-minute barrier in the process.
Recording an impressive time of 7:56.234 minutes with Markus Hofbauer behind the wheel, the Gullwing takes the crown from Audi’s R8 e-tron, which took 8:09.099 minutes to negotiate the Green Hell exactly a year ago. Putting the achievement into perspective, Walter Röhrl recorded a 7:56 in a Porsche Panamera Turbo.
Producing a colossal 552 kW (740 hp) and a maximum torque figure of 1,000 Nm from a quartet of electric motors, the electric-power gullwing is capable of cracking 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds.
“Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with this new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This record run is further proof for our constant innovative vigour,” said the Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Ola Källenius.