Mercedes-AMG is to enter the hypercar sector with an Fl-engined, carbonfibre road car scheduled to arrive in time for AMG’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
The ambitious plan was confirmed at the Belgian Grand Prix by a Mercedes AMG Petronas team member, who also explained that the project is close to starting its first road tests but that neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg are expected to be involved. Powered by the 1.6-litre turbo V6 engine that’s fitted to this season’s F1 W07 Hybrid, the AMG hypercar is expected to have in the region of 670kW, with an additional 375kW produced by four electric motors ¬one fitted to each wheel.
The responsibility of developing the F1 World Championship-winning engine into a power unit that can be used by a road car is expected to be handed to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, and with no FIA technical regulations to adhere to, the engine’s capacity could increase.
Those responsible for the project will also need to develop a cooling system more complex than that used by an F1 car, a startup system that doesn’t require a man with an air gun to start it externally, and a more conventional gearbox than an F1 car’s hydraulic unit.
You’ve probably already started to draw parallels with the Aston Martin-Red Bull 001 hypercar, and like the British effort, AMG’s contender will rely on motorsport-derived aero. To this end, expect a design similar to that of today’s LMP1 racers, with active aero and systems such as DRS to manage the downforce required to keep the 1000-1300kg car on the ground when it leaves showrooms in 2018.