Mercedes-Benz’s long time partner, AMG, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and to mark the occasion, Mercedes-AMG is reportedly building a F1-engined hypercar.
According to a company insider, the car is currently in its final stages of design before engineering development works start.
The car will purportedly be powered by the same 1.6-litre turbo V6 engine from the current W07 F1 car, generating close to, if not over 745kW (1,000 horsepower). And thanks to an additional turbocharger, 671kW (900 horsepower) will come directly from the V6 engine.
The rest will come from two electric motors – one mounted on each of the front wheels – paired to the biturbo V6. The electric motors alone is said to produce close to 119kW (160 horsepower).
The V6 engine is expected to be built at Mercedes-AMG’s High Performance Powertrains facility in the U.K.
The hypercar will also be designed with aerodynamics in mind, and with a potential curb weight of just 1,000kg, Mercedes-AMG’s yet unnamed hypercar is expected to have a top speed in excess of 354km/h, with 0-100km/h taken cared of in under 2.5 seconds.
While Mercedes-AMG has yet to confirm details of the project, wealthy customers can expect to fork out more than US$5M for the privilege.
Note: Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept shown