Mercedes-Benz has recently released a fresh image set and some details on the drivetrain system which will be adopted by the SLS AMG E-CELL.
After the SLS AMG Coupe and the SLS AMG Roadster, a new member is getting ready to be born in the SLS AMG family, the E-CELL, which has been in development since 2010, when the model has been previewed in a prototype form. The first electric sports car in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup will use the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or simply KERS, and during the development of the SLS AMG E-CELL, the company’s Formula 1 division had a direct involvement.
“With the electric drivetrain system of the SLS AMG E-CELL, Mercedes-AMG GmbH is providing yet another glimpse of its latest development project. The drivetrain has been in development since 2010 as a result of the cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth”, as the automaker is saying in its press release.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell will be powered by four synchronous electric motors, which will be positioned close to the wheels in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The four electric motors provide a total combine output of 526 BHP and a peak torque of 880 Nm (649 lb-ft), allowing the sports car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds, almost as fast as the SLS AMG with its 6.3 liter V8 unit (3.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h). The SLS AMG E-CELL will be available in a limited number and its production will begin in 2013.