Mercedes' Electric SLS Revealed

 

Mercedes finally unveiled the powertrain of its upcoming SLS eCell electric, gullwing supercar … and it is all kinds of high-tech, carbon fiber awesome.

The new AMG-developed, aluminum-bodied coupe features a pushrod front suspension to minimize unsprung weight (handling’s mortal enemy) in a bid to offset the weight penalties of carrying an electric motor in each of the car’s four wheels. The layout allows the car’s computers to vary torque to each wheel – a system similar in concept to Honda’s NSX supercar – that maximizes traction off the line and in slippery conditions while keeping the car’s balance predictably neutral.

You can check out some high-resolution images of MB’s ultra-fast EV in the gallery, below. Enjoy!

Source: Mercedes-Benz, via WorldCarFans.





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  • carrying an electric motor in each of the car’s four wheels.– no front motors.???
    The layout allows the car’s computers to vary torque to each wheel -???
    this is automatic due to back emf from the motors so even with direct DC or AC drive this needs no control
    it is part of nature the faster the motor goes the more back EMF it generates so it asks for more voltage to go faster.