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.
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.
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.
As of the Neon Season Update, the Silver Lightning is a high class S car with the following statistics:
- Starting rank: 1632
- MAX rank: 1750 (+118)
- MAX+PRO rank: 1859 (+109)
- Stock to MAX+PRO rank difference: 227
- Tuning Kit Bonus: +55
- Nitro Efficiency: ?/?/?
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.
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 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 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 21,000).
Outside of Career Mode, due to its extremely slow launch acceleration and stiff handling, the Silver Lightning is useless for most race modes like Time-Limited Events or Multiplayer. However, its irregular speed-to-rank ratio allows the Silver Lightning to be extremely fast for its rank, a trait that is only shared with one another vehicle, the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. Thus, the Silver Lightning is viable in Gauntlet Mode if the player cannot afford to buy and upgrade faster Class A or Class S cars. It is especially effective in Pro League, although with better teammates, it may be viable in Champion League as well. However, it must not be used as a lead car, and it also struggles in technical sections, so the player must place the Silver Lightning carefully for maximum effect.
As of the Neon Season Update, upgrades cost 4,150,000 while Pro Kits require 15 of each Legendary Drivetrain, Legendary Exhaust, Legendary Suspension, and Legendary Tires, 60 Legendary Engine, 60 Legendary Tech and 3,720,000.
The Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning is gifted by Daily Reward to players who log in on their 90th day. The car otherwise costs 300,000.
|Class D||Mini Cooper S Roadster • Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA • Renault CLIO R.S. 200 EDC • Renault DeZir • Chevrolet Camaro GS • Nissan 370Z • 2015 Ford Mustang • Ferrari 308 GTS • Geely GC9 • BMW M3 Sedan|
|Class C||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X • Lotus Exige S Coupe • Jaguar F-Type R • Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione • Dodge Challenger SRT8 • Volkswagen Golf Design Vision GTI • BMW M6 • Felino cB7 • Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car • Nissan GT-R (R35) • Ferrari F430|
|Class B||Ferrari 458 Italia • Mercedes-Benz Biome • Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 2013 • Chevrolet Corvette C7 • Spada Codatronca TSS • Ford Shelby GT500 • Pagani Zonda R • Ferrari F12berlinetta • Chevrolet SS|
|Class A||Lamborghini Sesto Elemento • Lamborghini Huracán • RUF RT 12 S • Lamborghini Veneno • Jaguar C-X75 • RUF CTR 3 • Ferrari LaFerrari • Ferrari FXX Evoluzione • Nissan GT-R NISMO • Pagani Huayra • Tramontana XTR|
|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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