A Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a time of just 7:56.234 minutes, making it the first electric vehicle to conquer the legendary track in under eight minutes.

The record attempt, set on the 20.832 km long race track in the Eifel, also marks the production launch of the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive this month (June 2013).

It features four electric motors with a total output of 751 hp and a maximum torque of 1,000 Nm.  It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Mercedes-AMG drew on their experience with Formula One KERS systems to develop the powertrain technologies necessary for this car, and in so doing created a driving experience like no other.

Maximum torque is available from standstill, with a linear power output all the way to its top speed, combined with vibration-free motor characteristics.

Technical Specifications

 SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
Max. output751 hp
Torque1,000 Nm
0-62 mph3.9 s
Top speed155 mph*
Range155 miles (according to NEDC)
Battery energy content60 kWh
Battery voltage400 volts
CO2 emissions0 g/km

*Electronically limited