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Increase / There is only one Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX, so it was important to get it back safe and sound.

Jonathan Gitlin

IMMENDINGEN, GERMANY. The ride in the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX was a bit more strenuous than I expected. It’s not that it’s hard to drive or see anything because of the low stance of the streamlined car, but it’s also the only one in the world. Mercedes didn’t tell us the exact budget for the program, just warning that a single EQXX should be considered invaluable, but I’d guess somewhere in the range of three Bugatti Pur Sports.

Like the Bugatti, the EQXX was created according to an engineering challenge – in this case, to create an electric car capable of driving at least 1000 km on a single charge. Like the Bugatti, it’s road legal: in April of this year, less than two years after the project was given the green light, the team drove the electric vehicle 625 miles (1,006 km) from Sindelfingen in Germany to Cassis, France. at 15 percent battery level.

Two months later, they continued on a longer trip that involved climbing fewer mountains, driving from Stuttgart, Germany to the Silverstone race track in the UK, where reigning Formula E champion Nick de Vries then used his leftover charge to drive some hot laps. . , the car eventually covered 747 miles (1,202 km) before coming to a halt in the pit lane.

But this is not a Bugatti, and we have no plans for small-scale production, even at incredibly high prices. The Vision EQXX is a one of a kind concept car brought to life, but more fully realized than any other concept I have ever come across. A purely engineering exercise or world record holder won’t bother with a functional infotainment system using a single 44-inch 8k display, nor a fully finished interior, even if it uses cactus fiber fabric instead of leather or bamboo fiber. carpets and biotech silk, among other innovations.

And despite the priceless nature of this low-drag electric car, Mercedes let Ars drive it.

It's an impressive shape, but it conforms to the laws of aerodynamics.
Increase / It’s an impressive shape, but it conforms to the laws of aerodynamics.

Jonathan Gitlin

As you can guess from the way it looks, the shape of the Vision EQXX is more than optimized for aerodynamics. After all, about 62% of an engine’s work is in the fight against air resistance. It’s a smaller car than it appears in the photos – about a foot shorter than the stock EQS at 195.9 inches long. And that includes the long overhanging nose and tail, so the Vision EQXX’s wheelbase is actually as compact as a passenger car at 110.2 inches (2800mm).

The narrow 73.6-inch (1870 mm) width and low 53.1-inch (1348 mm) roofline give the car a fairly small frontal area of ​​22.8 square meters. this case is only 0.17, making it one of the lowest drag cars ever made.

From the nose to the C-pillar, it might remind you of a Porsche Taycan, which itself is very slippery. Door handles retract flush with doors, or at least at the front; rear doors do not open, one of the few says that this is really a concept and not a production car.

The sideview mirrors are the size you’d expect to find on a race car rather than something with a license plate, but they work well enough. Which is good because there is no rear window. Instead, that space, as well as the roof, is given over to a 300-watt solar array that is powered by the car’s 12-volt battery, which, like the traction battery, is also lithium-ion. (Because a priceless example will never be left out on the street for long, Mercedes didn’t bother to add extra bushings that would allow the panel to continuously charge the traction battery.)

Looking back at the rear wheels, it’s not much else, except perhaps the Lightyear Solo. When parked, the lower part of the tail retracts into the body, extending when the car’s on-board brain decides it’s more efficient.

The rear extension can also be removed if you need to climb a ramp.
Increase / The rear extension can also be removed if you need to climb a ramp.

Jonathan Gitlin

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