Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m
The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via TopGear.com about the upcoming hypercar.
As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower
As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”
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Big Things Coming
So, we know that the car will be prepped and ready for road use, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see it on the track. Moers says that they will run this baby on the Nürburgring to see how it holds up, but there’s no telling when that will really happen. When it does, something tells me it’s going to post a pretty promising time, even if it’s not an officially “track-focused” vehicle.
But, before we see this model actually hit the track or street, we’ll see that new four-door AMG GT that we’ve already seen in conceptual form at this year’s Geneva Auto show. It will bust out the gates with a V-8 but will also be offered as a hybrid later on. Moers also hinted that the next-gen C- and E63 models could also see electrification, but it’s not set in stone quite yet. But, the point is, AMG is continuing to evolve, and the next few years are going to be huge for the brand as a whole.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG hypercar here.