It’s official: Mercedes-AMG will have an F1-engine powered hypercar, the R50

Many people dream of being able to drive a F1 on the streets. A Red Bull car has even done so once, at the streets of São Paulo, in Brazil. But Mercedes-AMG wants to put a plate on such car. And make it full road legal. This new model is being developed under the code R50 and the only image we have available so far is the one above. Try to imagine a hypercar with a F1 engine, especially one when they sounded much better than today’s cars. This one was driven by Michael Ammermuller in 2006.

The R50 will use the 1.6-liter V6 that powers the current Mercedes-Benz cars in F1, along with its hybrid arrangement, the KERS system. According to Automobile Magazine, it will be presented in 2 years from now. The car will have carbon fiber body part and a monocoque structure, all of which scream that this will be a racing car that can be used in common streets, but Mercedes-AMG claims it will be comfortable enough for daily use. Power should exceed 750 kW. There is no word on performance numbers so far, but the engine will be built in the UK, by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, and AMG will develop and produce the chassis in Germany.

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.