Formula E joins Grand Prix exhibition
30 October 2020
Brooklands Museum is excited to announce a new addition to their "Grand Prix story" exhibition featuring the Mercedes‐Benz EQ Formula E car.
From this November, a full‐size replica of the Mercedes‐Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 will be showcased alongside the historic racing cars in the Brooklands Museum Grand Prix exhibition; Where it all began, demonstrating the evolution of motorsport in the UK.
The display of race cars including a 1926 Delage 15‐S8 Grand Prix and 1960 Cooper Climax T51, provides a timeline of racing progression from 1926, when the very first British Grand Prix was held at Brooklands to the modern development of racing into the 21st century.
Launched in 2014, Formula E is an all‐electric, single‐seater motorsport championship race series. It challenges conventional racing in a bid for sustainable, electric mobility and is rapidly growing in popularity.
Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team said:
“We presented our Mercedes‐Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02 only yesterday. To see our Silver Arrow 01 here in the museum is a great honour for us. This race car opened up a new chapter in the long and successful history of Mercedes‐Benz Motorsport. After all, the first Mercedes‐Benz was a race car. And with this car, we were able to celebrate the first fully‐electric race‐win. During our inaugural campaign, we challenged our electric powertrain to perform against some stiff competition. The solid results have provided us with a strong basis on which we can now build. However, Formula E goes beyond racing; for us, it’s a way to open up our brand and promote the future of sustainable mobility to a new, younger audience.”
Alex Patterson, Director of Collections, Interpretation & Heritage at Brooklands Museum said:
“We are thrilled to have the Mercedes‐Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 coming to Brooklands Museum. This important loan will bring our story of Grand Prix up to date, encouraging our visitors of all ages to think about the future of motorsport and is an opportunity for us to show how Brooklands’ legacy of competition driving innovation is still relevant today.”
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge is open to visitors Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm and has received the 'Good to Go' COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark. Visitors must wear a face covering when indoors and visiting the Grand Prix exhibition.