All-electric Mercedes SLS steals the top spot from Audi's R8 e-tron

The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive has set a new Nurburgring lap record for an electric car, beating the time that the electric Audi R8 e-tron set last year.

The SLS clocked a time of 7m 56.234sec around the 12.16-mile track, becoming the first production electric car to lap it in under eight minutes. The Audi R8 e-tron’s record, set last July, was 8m 9.099sec.

The 2110kg SLS has four individual synchronous electric motors, each developing 185bhp and 184lb ft of torque for an overall 740bhp and 737 lb ft of torque.

It costs around £300,000 plus taxes, and the Mercedes will only be offered in left-hand drive.

Click here to read Autocar's full road test of the SLS ED. For more on the Audi R8 e-tron, click here.

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7 June 2013

But I thought the R8 E-tron wasnt a production car. None of them are for sale.

Thats the thing with terms like production car, it has no real meaning.





7 June 2013

It might have done one lap in under 8 minutes but with a min 3hr using their optional 22kw quick charge station, I reckon over 2 laps I could beat Merc's £300,000 SLS on my push bike.

7 June 2013

But if they pit after each lap they could slot in a new battery pack if they designed it for racing. But I doubt they did.



8 June 2013

That's the point for me. 15 seconds faster around the Nurburgring and half the price of the electric R8.

In a straight line Audi R8 may have stood a chance against the Merc, but Nurburgring has corners.

10 June 2013

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10 June 2013

I simply adore electric vehicles!!

And when they are even faster than some ordinary race cars, what's the point in gas and diesel? Let's turn every vehicle on the planet into an electric one? That would be great!


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