New in the 2023 Mercedes C-Class AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE, it is possible in TRACK PACE to intelligently distribute the use of electric energy over a racetrack lap in order to optimise the lap time with the targeted use of the electric motor’s power. This track-based boost strategy is already stored for 30 well-known racetracks. It is to be expanded gradually to a total of 70 circuits via download.
Before driving, the driver only has to select the track on the central display, for example the German Hockenheimring, and then switch on the boost strategy with a slider. Then they activate the RACE driving mode and are ready to go. The vehicle then displays an upcoming boost sector in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display. When boosting (via kick-down with 150 kW electric power), a countdown and a horizontal bar count down the boost seconds. As soon as the indicator shows the end of the boost sector, the driver should release the kick-down. Two options are available: a strategy for a particularly fast single lap (“Hot Lap”) and another strategy for several consistently fast laps in succession (“Endurance Mode”). In a further expansion stage, the individual boot sectors are also to be shown on the multimedia display in the track view. The Boost feature will be introduced in the course of next year.
Performance hybrid with technology transfer from Formula 1 — 2.0-litre turbo engine at the front and electric motor on the rear axle with 680 horsepower (500 kW) system output.