The boss of AMG lets slip that the hybrid machine will use an F1 powerplant.
We already knew that the upcoming Mercedes-AMG hypercar would use a hybrid system drawing on technology used in the German automaker’s Formula 1 car. Rumour had it that the engine itself would be based on that in the race car, as well. But AMG boss Tobias Moers seems to have admitted that the car will use an actual F1 engine.
Speaking to Caradvice.com.au, he said: “We’re not talking about ‘inspired.'"
Since 2014, F1 has used 1.6-litre, turbocharged V6 engines backed up with a hybrid system fed by kinetic and heat energy recovery systems. Mercedes recently revealed its powertrain now develops 1,000 horsepower in qualifying mode - which is a good headline figure for a road-going hypercar.
Some changes would inevitably have to be made to adapt the engine to the differing demands of a road car, like starting on a button and running on lower-grade fuel. “We will have to change some things,” Moers said, “but if you have a closer look to the Formula 1 engine and the demands - what they have now in the spec book - and you compare the loads of F1 cars we’re racing on a track… compare that one to what we apply for a street-legal car which you use on the track, for sure it’s still different but it’s not that far away.”
But the car won’t just be about the engine. There will be a heavy emphasis on the hybrid element, as well. “The task is to have the most efficient hybrid car ever," Moers said.
Moers also noted an all-carbon fibre body and chassis would be “mandatory” to meet the 1,000 kilogram (2,200 pound) weight target. No performance goals have mentioned, but a 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) time of around two and a half seconds seems likely, while top speed should be at least 220 mph (354 km/h). The handling is expected to be aided by active aerodynamics.
The car is expected to be unveiled sometime next year to coincide with AMG’s 50th anniversary. If it looks anything like the sketch revealed in Paris, it’ll be the closest thing to a road-going Le Mans Prototype there’s ever been.
Anyone else salivating at the prospect of this going up against the Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar?