During the Belgian Grand Prix a source within the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team told TopGear that the rumored Mercedes-AMG hypercar is currently entering the final stages of its design and is expected to be revealed in 2017 –AMG’s 50th anniversary.
The car will have a carbon fiber monocoque, a gullwing cockpit, and an F1-style engine. It could also use up to three electric motors in addition to a bigger version of the F1 combustion engine. Back in March, Red Bull and Aston Martin announced their intentions to build a similar hypercar, the AM-RB 001, which features as CFRP chassis.
Like the AM-RB 001, the target for the Mercedes-AMG hypercar is a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, but the Merc-AMG is expected to be a little heavier, weighing in between 1000kg and 1300kg (2200 – 2866 lbs). It is also expected to reach a top speed of nearly 220 mph. Aerodynamically, car news outlet Evo claims the hypercar will combine the look of a W07 F1 racecar and a modern LMP1 endurance racecar, which would put it as a direct competitor to Aston Martin and Red Bull’s future vehicle.
TopGear also reported that the car will use “bio-metric driver control systems.” That technology debuted in the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept car. With the technology, the car will be able to read the driver’s physical inputs in real time, and set the car’s various systems to customize the driving experience.