Mercedes-AMG Working on F1-Engined Hypercar

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Mercedes-AMG Working on F1-Engined Hypercar

A Mercedes-AMG hypercar is in the works and will feature race car technology.

Evo reports that a source within the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team has confirmed that the German automaker is working on a hypercar and it is actually entering the final stages of its design before development begins. Late last year, Mercedes-AMG admitted that a mid-engine hypercar was a possibility, especially now that the Mercedes-AMG GT and its hardcore GT R variant are complete.

If the hypercar does become a reality, expect it to be revealed in 2017, just in time for AMG to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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It will be powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine used in the current Formula 1 race car, taking advantage of an energy recovery system to help generate anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 horsepower. It’s unclear if Mercedes will expand the motor to a 2.0-liter mill since it won’t have to meet any sort of motorsport regulations in a production car.

Power will also be generated by a pair of electric motors with 160 hp a piece, one at each front wheel. Expect the hypercar’s design to be very aerodynamic, similar to the Aston Martin Red Bull collaboration. It will, of course, be lightweight and packed with plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum.

[Source: Evo]

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  • smartacus

    it just means the single turbo hot-vee setup will be eschewed for a more traditional twin turbo affair with the 1.6 crankshaft being replaced with a longer-throw unit.