F1 ace Lewis Hamilton shows off £80k EQS electric Mercedes which goes 0-60mph in 4.5 secs and has holographic lights
LEWIS HAMILTON has shown off his stunning electric motor – the Mercedes EQS.
Formula 1 champ Hamilton talked up his decision to go green in a bid to protect the environment.
The EQS, which was announced last year, is part of the two-car garage the Merc racer is sticking to off the track.
Pairing the £80,000 saloon with a Smart car, Hamilton, 36, said he has offset the carbon footprint of his ENTIRE F1 career.
Yet the EQS still packs a punch, going from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds with 470bhp generated by a 350 kW electric motor.
Mercedes reckon a fully-charged EQS can even manage a range of 435 miles.
Naturally, it is also packed full of toys including holographic headlights, a rear 'lightbelt' of over 200 LEDs, and ambient dashboard lighting.
Posting a picture of himself beside the car, Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "Recently I’ve been making many changes in my life to reduce my impact on the environment.
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"The first step in this journey was to understand my personal impact on the planet so I could make changes to improve it.
"Since then, I have offset my carbon footprint from my Formula 1 career dating back to 2007, I have reduced travel where possible, I have gone plant-based and outside of the track, I try to use electric cars wherever possible.
"I also want to use my position as a racing driver to enforce positive and permanent change, which is why I’m working closely with Mercedes to slowly move their fleet of cars towards electric.
"This is my new dream car, the new EQS fully electric Mercedes.
"It’s difficult to always be perfect when we go about our daily lives, but I’m continuing to learn how to be better and I’m committed to staying educated and informed so I can play my part.
"Small steps lead to big change, so it’s important we all take a moment to understand our footprint and the small changes we can make in our everyday lives to put our planet first.
"The last step for me will be when I step away from this sport and can focus fully on helping heal the world to provide a better future for our kids and our kids' kids."
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