Lewis Hamilton In Discussion With Mercedes To Design Limited Edition AMG Sports Car
Possible sports car could be part of an "LH Series"by Kirby Garlitos, on
It’s no secret that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has some sway with Mercedes-Benz. After all, the British Formula One driver and reigning World Champion has won two world championships for the German automaker. So if Lewis Hamilton expresses his desire to develop an “extreme version” of a Mercedes-AMG sports car, Mercedes has to listen.
In a recent conversation with Motoring, Hamilton admitted that he wants to have a hand in building the car, projecting it as a limited edition model under the “LH Series” name. It’s quite obvious what the “LH” stands for, so it does appear that Hamilton wants to have his own line of cars at some point in the future. Talks are apparently already under way between the driver and the automaker and Hamilton promised to be hands-on if and when the development of the limited-run sports car begins.
The news comes a few days after Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT R, a more performance-oriented version of the AMG GT S. According to Hamilton, he had some ideas on how to improve the car, but Mercedes had already designed it by the time it was shown to him. So with that opportunity missed, the two sides are now working on something to give Hamilton an opportunity to be involved in the design of a more extreme sports car.
It’s still unclear how this arrangement will play out but you can be sure that Mercedes will listen to Hamilton’s ideas and consider his input with the seriousness it deserves. That’s one of the perks of not only being a Formula One driver for Mercedes, but one who is primarily responsible for winning the Silver Arrows’ first two F1 world titles.
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Why it matters
It’s not uncommon for Formula One racers, especially those who have been world champions, to be involved in the development of their manufacturer’s road cars. Michael Schumacher, for one, was consulted from time to time during his illustrious career in Ferrari. More recently, Sebastian Vettel was even named performance director by Infiniti before stepping down in 2014 when he switched teams to Ferrari. And to be clear, the drivers’ involvement in matters of production vehicles wasn’t ceremonial. In fact, Vettel actually played a big hand in the development of the Infiniti Q50 when he spent some time in Japan with the company’s engineers.
I don’t know how involved Lewis Hamilton is going to be if Mercedes does agree to develop a limited edition, AMG-branded LH Series. But from the looks of things, it’s Lewis himself who appears to be campaigning for the car(s) and if the German automaker agrees to it, he’s going to be front and center in the development of these vehicles. If anything, Lewis Hamilton’s personality suggests that he won’t have it any other way, especially if the car(s) will be have his ‘LH’ initials tied into their names. He’s going to want to build a car that lives up to his reputation and there’s no better person for the job to get that done than Hamilton himself.
Hopefully, Mercedes agrees to this because the prospect of seeing a more powerful version of the AMG GT R is pretty tantalizing. The sports car already packs a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that spits out 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, making it more powerful than the AMG GT S. Now imagine what Hamilton can do or even just suggest if Mercedes allowed him to take the AMG GT R and raise the bar even further? Something tells me that he’s going to do a great job at it and I’m excited to see what he can cook up with the help of AMG’s world-class engineers.
The LH Series. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Read our full review on the Mercedes AMG GT R here.