The EQ Silver Arrow 01 isn’t a racecar that Mercedes-Benz built from the ground up. Formula E tasked French and Italian outfits Spark and Dallara with building the chassis. Atieva (which is the battery company arm of EV startup Lucid Motors) built the 52kWh battery pack using Sony cells, and it was integrated by McLaren. All told, the largely spec car can generate up to 340 horsepower, go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, all with a weight of nearly 2,000 pounds.
Mercedes-Benz says the car it’s showing off in Geneva this week is just wearing a “teaser livery,” which means that come season six, you can expect a much different paint job. But the current look features elements of the automaker’s new EQ brand of electric cars (in the bright blue trim) as well as the same pattern effect that Mercedes-Benz is using on its 2019 F1 car.
“Formula E is going to be a completely new playing field for us,” Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said in a statement. “But we are looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-electric drives in motorsport and of giving a positive boost to the EQ brand.”