Mercedes-AMG is considering a new hybrid supercar with F1 technology, says Autocar

Since the SLS has “left the building”, in 2014, Mercedes-AMG does not have a supercar in the US$ 300,000 segment. But the sports division is considering to fill the gap with another amazing product, according to the British magazine Autocar. And the design they have imagined for it, clearly inspired by the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, is the least important part of the new vehicle. What really matters is that it may use the same 1.6 V6 turbo engine Mercedes-Benz uses for the F1, called PU106C, as well as the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic, or MGU-K, that makes it a hybrid. According to Autocar, the electric and the internal combustion parts of the hybrid powertrain will be very well-balanced.

To make the car cost less than the hypercars, such as Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren F1 and Porsche 918, it will be built with a carbon fiber structure covered with aluminum panels. Besides keeping the price at the aimed US$ 300,000, this will make servicing much cheaper. Another way to maximize scale will be to have all variants possible, or else, a coupé and a convertible, as well as the special editions, such as a Black Series etc. The coupé could also have gullwing doors, an iconic feature. If it ever receives the green light. And we surely hope so.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.