It was only briefly mentioned at the Paris Motor Show, but it was more than enough to spark imagination. Officially confirmed at the Mondiale de l’Automobile, the future Mercedes-AMG hypercar is set to fight beasts like the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 and Ferrari LaFerrari, with its Formula 1-inspired technology.
Mercedes-AMG is not just going to sit and watch the Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin fighting for the crown of the hypercars anymore. The most successful brand in Formula 1 for the past four years is now with risk and reward in the game to build the hottest high-performance car in its history.
The AMG reps dropped the bombshell in Paris, at the fall’s first motor show by showing the contour lines of the hypercar in black and white. “I am very excited to officially confirm: our next big thing at AMG is already in the pipeline,” said Thomas Weber, the head of Research and Development. “We are going to create an AMG performance hybrid featuring our Formula 1 drivetrain technology. Under the lead of AMG, our performance companies will join forces and create the most efficient and, at the same time, the best-performing and most spectacular AMG of all time; some might even call it a hypercar.’’
The Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers shed some light onto the mysterious vehicle programmed to hit the showrooms not before late 2018, saying it will use its own brand-new platform without sharing any tech elements with the cars already existing in the AMG portofolio. He didn’t though disclose any speed or power figures, but since it is going to be powered by the 1.6-liter Formula 1 turbo engine as part of a hybrid system, it should go above the 1,000 HP mark and should feature active aerodynamics.
Will it be a multi-million dollar car like the Bugatti Chiron and the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 developed by the tech guru Adrian Newey?? “A little less than those,” Moers said. “Maybe $2 million, or a little under.”