Mercedes-AMG confirmed that, they are developing a hypercar employing the same hybrid power-trains that power its Formula 1 race cars. A Mercedes executive announced it at the launch event for the AMG GT C Roadster at the Paris auto show.
Mercedes-Benz performance division officially revealed that a production hypercar is in the works utilising a road-going version of its F1 team’s 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine and electric motor powertrain, which together will boast around 1000hp (746kW).
“We are going to create an AMG Performance Hybrid featuring our Formula 1 drivetrain technology,” stated Daimler AG board member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Thomas Weber, as a sketch outline of what is believed to be the production vehicle appeared on a screen behind him.
“Under the lead of AMG, our performance companies will join forces and create the most efficient and, at the same time, the best performing and most spectacular AMG of all time – some might even call it a hypercar.
“It will definitely show how we will take our performance brand into the future with extremely efficient and intelligent drivetrain technology. Of course, as you can expect from us, there will be no compromises in terms of the emotional appeal of this car.”
Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers further revealed that the hypercar is “about” two years away while a suggested four-figure horsepower output would be for the “combined power output” between the petrol engine and electric motor.
“[The] gearbox is a very specific topic regarding such a car and getting that engine in emissions regulations is another topic, but that’s what we’re working on,” he said.
“Our target is to have the most efficient, not necessarily the most powerful, the most efficient hypercar in the market with outstanding driving dynamic capability.”
Asked whether the Mercedes-AMG hypercar could be driven on the road every day Mr Moers replied: “Yeah, of course, that’s what we’re working on.”
“How are people going to use the other hypercars? The same use we expect … (but) it’s going to be a hypercar, it’s not easy to go for two weeks’ holiday with that car.”