He may be getting up in age and his reflexes may not be as sharp as they used to be, but David Coulthard is still twice as good a driver - maybe even more - than the rest of us will ever be in our lifetime.
That’s precisely the reason why automakers like Mercedes-Benz have no problem showing off their new digs - in this case, the Mercedes SLS E-Cell - to racers like Coulthard and letting them test them out. And that’s exactly what Coulthard did, much to our dismay and impalpable envy.
In this video, the ’Square-Jawed One’ gets behind the wheel of Merc’s new electric supercar to give it a shakedown on an empty runway before heading off to the streets of Norway for another rundown. While the car may not hold the same power and ’oomph’ as its standard counterpart, theSLS AMG, Coulthard was nevertheless pleasantly surprised at capabilities of the SLS E-Cell, even describing the car’s off-the-block acceleration as "instant, but smooth".
And as far as the E-Cell falling short of the power of its supercar brethren is concerned, Coulthard wasn’t all that disappointed, saying that the four individual motors that evenly distribute the torque make up for whatever straight-line speed it lacks.