On the eve of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG confirmed it is working on the R50 hypercar we delivered details about several weeks ago.
The R50, which is Mercedes-AMG’s answer to the Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001, will use the hybrid powertrain from its Formula 1 race car. “It will set a new benchmark,” said AMG boss Tobias Moers. AMG is working with Mercedes F1 engineers to develop the car, which is about two years from full-on production.
The limited-edition car will of course feature a carbon-fiber body and monocoque chassis, Moers said. It appears it will be powered by a road-going version of the F1 car’s 1.6-liter V-6 hybrid setup.
“We’re going to take technology developed for F1 and put it into a road car,” said board member Ola Kallenius.
While the R50 might be a daily driver for some, it will be the most spectacular and expensive AMG to date. Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes will release more details next year.
A hybrid hypercar shows the automaker’s commitment to electrified vehicles, and lessons learned will trickle down the product line, said board member Thomas Weber. Mercedes F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will add input and act as test drivers.
Moers said challenges include developing a gearbox and meeting emissions requirements. Engine development will be conducted in the U.K. by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, the same company that builds the F1 powertrains, while AMG will do the chassis in Germany.
“It will be a road car you can drive to work every day,” Kallenius said.