Trevor Collett | Sep 29, 2016

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its AMG performance offshoot is developing what promises to be one of the world’s ultimate hypercars.

The German carmaker has made the announcement at the Paris Motor Show, with Daimler’s Thomas Weber saying that an F1-based powerplant is part of the package.

“I’m very excited to officially confirm our next big thing at AMG is already in the pipeline,” Weber said.

“We’re going to create an AMG performance hybrid featuring our Formula 1 drivetrain technology, with a league of AMG performance companies joining forces to create the most efficient, and at the same time, the best performing and most spectacular AMG of all time. Some may even call it a hypercar.”

Weber said the new hypercar would preview other future models for AMG, with hybrid and battery technology to feature more prominently in future projects.

As for the new model, Weber said there would be “no compromises” in terms of its emotional appeal.

2015 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Racer
2015 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Racer

From the teaser sketch, the as-yet unnamed hypercar (rumoured to be called ‘R50’) appears more race car than road car, with its flowing lines over the domed roof and guards giving it a GT3-type look.

As confirmed by Weber, power will come from a road-going version of Mercedes’ 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine from its F1 cars, matched with a KERS energy-recovery system.

Whether AMG sticks strictly to the 1.6 litre capacity, or adds additional hybrid tech, is unclear, but early rumours suggest a power figure well north of 700kW.

Established rivals for the AMG hypercar include Porsche’s 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari, while the wild new Aston Martin AM-RB 001 in also on the way.

A debut for the AMG hypercar could happen as soon as next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show - stay tuned for more.

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