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David Coulthard drives the SLS E-Cell – Click above to view the video after the jump

Retired Formula One driver David Coulthard got a chance to sample the Mercedes-Benz' SLS E-Cell prototype, running the electric supercar through some acceleration and slalom tests on a runway before hitting the public roads of Norway.
The square-jawed racer was surprised by the acceleration, describing it as "instant but smooth." One advantage of the four motors driving each wheel is that it's easy to distribute torque to each wheel for maximum traction and handling. But the biggest downsides are the limited top speed resulting from the single speed transmission and the absence of the wonderful symphony created by the standard SLS. Not the mention the sub-100-mile range. Regardless, check out David's drive after the jump. A tip of the hat to Larrony!







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      • 5 Years Ago
      The editing on this video is absolutely shocking, cool look at the car tho
      • 5 Years Ago
      stupidest editing EVER! And cutting out the questions at the end, so that we have to guess them by the answers (which were also censored quite a lot) was a dumb idea no matter how you look at it. Otherwise, an excellent car and coulthard definitely knows his stuff. Hope they can put it in a limited production in a year or two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      did he crash ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      When did Dolph Lundgren start doing car reviews...anybody see the resemblance. Cool e-car to bad it will cost more than I'll ever have in my life
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe they guy from Weeds should use this to sneak up on mother*@#$S!@
      • 5 Years Ago
      after the SLS E-Cell Coulthard drives an e-smart. wonder which one he likes more?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8v0pmI9FZ4
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shouldn't that rear wing (0:28) be replaced with an energy recovery windmill or a reverse turbo-fan or something?

      DC mention (at least) twice that the car is single gear, but at 3:25, for some reason he pulls a paddle-shift lever. What new feature are paddle-shifters used for?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I noticed that too.
        Maybe it's either just pure habit on the driver's part. Or maybe it pulls up some information on the screen, or possibly alters settings - like Sport/Econ/Cruise.

        Overall cool video, but horribly edited.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sign me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      needs exhaust note.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, you dont get energy back by putting a windmill on a car, the drag a windmill creates is the max energy it can produce, even less because of mechanical losses.

      science education is so terrible in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stupidity getting out of control here, thanks Dustin.

        A large fan like you're suggesting would still create a lot of drag even if it's not upright, it would also create torque when the car changes direction, upsetting its dynamics. not to mention it wouldn't work as well as a simple wing, and would weigh tens, if not hundreds, of times more than a carbon fiber wing.

        Also it would look ugly as hell, no manufacturer would do something this hideous looking, and I'm saying this as a guy that admires actual modern wind turbines.

        This is a childish idea, and you're being very stupid to keep harping on it without thinking things out.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the above posters were suggesting the use of a pop-up wind turbine in lieu of the pop-up air brake. The objective is to create drag anyways, so the idea is to transfer some kinetic energy back to potential energy instead of just "wasting" the energy shed during braking is not a ridiculous one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, and brakes don't provide downforce.

        I can easily see a 'wing' stile device with a revolving hinge on either side. When not needed, it is compeltely level with the roadway. When needed, it rotates. It's larger than you're imagining.

        This large spinning object could provide the downforce of a normal wing that is much smaller, while recycling the drag energy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        satn, you're wrong. I guess your bigotry got in your way.

        A windmill could be designed to increase wind resistance from very little to a great deal when needed to slow the car or provide more downforce, recycling the downforce energy that the car is already losing.

        Like regen brakes, you do in fact see an energy gain despite resisting the car's motion at times. Because you were throwing that energy away already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the future.

      Automakers can either bitch and moan, drag their feet or stick their heads in the sand, but EVs are the future, so if they are smart, they should get in as quickly as they can and build that know-how now. We might need to live with hybrids for another decade or two, and then slowly progress to extended-range EVs (a la the Volt), but ultimately cars are going electric.

      I see no good reason why high-end luxury cars don't go EV (or at least extended range EV) first. That quiet, smooth seamless power would fit perfectly with the image of a luxury sedan.

      Also the ability to power each wheel independently has tons of future potential. No needs for diffs, and imagine controlling each wheel's speed independently when it comes to cornering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dunno... there's something about a one hour rally that just doesnt appeal to me :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dustin F: i agree with your opening statement. we will begin to see much more developments in hydrogen fuel cell technology since automakers and other institutions are now in support of building both vehicles and the infrastructure to support such a system. hybrids and evs are just a stepping stone since hydrogen fuel cells are basically a more advanced form of an ev.
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