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The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning, also known as the Mercedes-Benz Silver arrow, is an electric concept roadster car that was built for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Description

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning was built for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, where it won the best animation award for their short film Silver Lightning. It was conceived by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, the same studio behind the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept car.

The Silver Lightning was heavily inspired by the 1930s Silver Arrow race cars, most notably the Mercedes-Benz W125 driven by Rudolf Caracciola that won the 1937 Grand Prix, as well as the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The design theme also took influences from sci-fi movies like Star Trek, TRON: Legacy, and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

The Silver Lightning's futuristic and sleek appearance also comes with innovative features, such as a roof constructed out of small, lightweight magnetic squares that uses Mag-Tech technology allowing them to either combine to form a hardtop or retract to form a roadster. The omni-directional wheels allow the car to steer freely in any direction and are enclosed in rings integrated within the car's main body.

In compliance with the competition's theme of designing "Hollywood’s Hottest New Movie Car", it was accompanied by a short film called Silver Lightning, which features two crash test dummies called Hans05 and Franz02 attempting and eventually succeeding in the rescue of their prized stolen Silver Lightning from Dr. Crash-Barrier, the main antagonist of the movie.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Summary

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning appears as a low Class S car with the following statistics:

  • Starting rank: 1542
  • MAX rank: 1647 (+105)
    • This was changed to 1644 in the 2019 Spring Update
    • This was changed to 1673 in the 2019 Holiday Update
  • MAX+PRO rank: 1714 (+67)
    • This was changed to 1705 in the 2019 Spring Update
  • Tuning Kit bonus: +26
    • This was changed to +32 in the 2019 Spring Update
    • This was changed to +51 in the 2019 Holiday Update
  • Stock to MAX+PRO rank difference: 172
    • This was changed to 159 in the 2019 Spring Update
    • This was changed to 73 in the 2019 Holiday Update
  • Speed Modifier: 91.46%
    • This was removed in the 2019 Holiday Update
  • Nitro Efficiency: 7/13/17

As of the Fifteenth Anniversary Update, the Silver Lightning is a low class A car.

Performance

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning's acceleration and handling are below average. However, it has a better nitro efficiency rating than most of the other original Class S cars, and it drifts very well around corners, the latter being a common trait across the original Class S cars.

Usage

Due to it being a high-ranked electric vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning is useful for the later stages of Career Mode, especially for Mercedes-only and electric car-only events, where in most cases, the Silver Lightning is preferred over the nanoFlowcell QUANT FE, a Class S Elite Car that has a higher rank but is infamous for its terrible handling and drifting abilities, as well as its Class B cousin, the Mercedes-Benz Biome, which has a lower rank but costs half the price of the Silver Lightning.

While it is possible for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning to perform decently with a Multiplayer build, the Lamborghini Estoque, a high-end Class B car, performs very similarly to the Silver Lightning, with better acceleration and a slightly worse nitro efficiency rating of 8/13/18. At MAX+PRO, the Estoque has an actual speed of 285.7 mph/460.0 km/h compared to the Silver Lightning's 285.9 mph/460.4 km/h. Due to the Estoque's better acceleration, it is more competitive than the Silver Lightning both in Events and Multiplayer.

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning counts towards the Ion Runners collection, which awards a total A8 credits small 77,000 when both versions are completed. Due to the Silver Lightning's high purchase price compared to other vehicles in this collection, it is usually the last car the player would purchase before completing this collection. Players should, therefore, avoid claiming the collection prize immediately after purchasing the Silver Lightning, as the prize would be obtained at loss.

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning is also usable for Credits grinding as its Season 9 race is set on Dubai Reverse with a payout of A8 credits small 4,750 for a race duration of ~50 seconds (this was fixed in the 2020 Spring Update).

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning was one of the Enduro Cars in the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid's Enduro Double Down event, appearing only in the third part of the event onwards (when the player has banked at least A8EnduroPoints 21,000).

Price

The Silver Lightning costs A8 credits small 1,200,000 to purchase (originally A8 credits small 325,000, then A8 credits small 300,000 and then A8 credits small 400,000).

As of the 2019 Spring Update, upgrades cost A8 credits small 1,215,000 while Pro Kits require A8 credits small 405,600, 12 of each Class S Part, 24 Mid-Techs, 16 Advanced Techs and 20 Electric Engines.

Asphalt Nitro

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning is gifted by Daily Reward to players who log in on their 90th day. The car otherwise costs Credits small an 300,000.

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Class D
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Class C
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Class B
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Class A
Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning W Motors Lykan HyperSport SSC Tuatara nanoFlowcell QUANT FE Bentley Continental GT3 Koenigsegg Agera R Chrysler ME412 Vanda Electrics Dendrobium Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe Touring Car 2014 TVR Sagaris Special Edition Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR my2017 SSC Ultimate Aero XT Sbarro Alcador Ferrari 330 P4 Lamborghini Egoista Chevrolet Corvette C3 Lamborghini Aventador Coupé Jaguar XJ220S Peugeot Onyx Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition Hennessey Venom GT McLaren 675LT Mosler GT3 Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 Rezvani Beast Alpha Ferrari SF90 Stradale Italdesign Zerouno Lotus Evija McLaren Mercedes MP4-25 SIN R1 2015 GTA Spano McLaren F1 XP-5 9FF GT9 VMAX Aston Martin One-77 Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid Rimac Concept S Ferrari Enzo Ferrari McLaren 720S Porsche 918 Spyder with Weissach Package Ferrari F60 America Porsche Carrera GT Cadillac 16 Concept Ferrari 812 Superfast Weber Faster One Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Rezvani Beast X GT by CITROEN Ford GT 2017
Class S
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Class S McLaren P1™ Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning Koenigsegg Agera R W Motors Lykan HyperSport Ferrari 330 P4 McLaren F1 Peugeot Onyx Chrysler ME412 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Koenigsegg One:1 9FF GT9-R
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