Remember the crazy Granturismo concept Mercedes-Benz released a while a go? Well, a Mercedes-AMG Hypercar that is based on a hybrid powertrain featuring an F1 engine was confirmed by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team and we couldn’t be more excited.
The car reported to be in discussion was the R50 which is going through its final design stages before development and testing.
The Mercedes-AMG Hypercar was initially thought to have a turbo four-cylinder engine but reports suggest it will be a much more extreme sort of hypercar. The F1 engine in play is the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 currently used by the AMG W07 F1 car. Coupled with an energy recovery system and electric motors – power output should range somewhere between 1,000 to 1,500 hp with 900 of those horses coming via the petrol F1 engine.
But if you are wondering how an F1 engine will work on a road legal car just like we are. Mercedes is indeed working on a conversion that sees the F1 engine get a starter motor as opposed to the F1’s external power source start up mechanism and of course making the engine usable for everyday driving.
Moreover, the Mercedes-AMG Hypercar might be fitted with an extra turbocharger and bored to 2.0-liters to improve reliability and power output. A new transmission might also come into play to aid power delivery in a civil manner.
The front should get 160-hp electric motors on each side while the rear gets full power from the F1 engine, weight is pegged to be around 2,220 (1,000 kg) thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber.
The Mercedes-AMG Hypercar should be revealed next year to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary. Price is expected to be north of $4 million when it goes on sale.