Mercedes-AMG is to build a road-going supercar powered by the engine from its current Formula 1 car.
The high-performance vehicle is likely to be debuted in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of AMG, Mercedes’ performance division. Sources within the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team confirmed to Evo that the car was in the final stages of design before entering development.
The big news is that the supercar will be powered by the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine currently used in the Formula 1 car. It has proven incredibly successful so far, with Mercedes’ drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg leading the 2016 Drivers’ Championship by a long way.
As in the race car, the power unit would be a petrol-electric hybrid, utilising an energy recovery system that would contribute to a total output beyond 1,000bhp.
It’s unclear exactly who will build the car or where. The biggest challenge engineers will face is modifying the highly-strung race engine to be used easily on the road. The Formula 1 equivalent requires a team of engineers to even be switched on, as well as constant data analysis to ensure it’s working properly.
One way that reliability could be achieved is through enlarging the capacity beyond the current 1.6 litres. However, bosses will likely be keen to keep the link between road car and race car as prominent as possible.
Details are few and far between this early in the programme, but expect an extremely limited run of around 50 cars – to tie in with AMG’s 50th anniversary – at a cost of more than £3.5 million.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.