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!