This was pretty much a given considering the fact that we’re talking about a hypercar with Formula One-derived technology, but it’s always nice to have official confirmation.
A teaser was about the only thing we got back last month during the Paris Motor Show, but now Mercedes-AMG has decided to spill some of the beans about its upcoming highly-anticipated hypercar. Mercedes-AMG’s boss Tobias Moers was caught on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show and hinted the 1,000 horsepower (746 kilowatts) produced by the W07 Formula 1 car will be mirrored on the road-going model. He added the four-digit horsepower figure is “broadly accurate,” but he emphasized the fact that their turbocharged and hybridized 1.6-liter V6 engine won’t be tuned to 1,200 hp (895 kW) as per rumors.
Moers also clarified some other facts – for example the fact that it’s inaccurate to believe Mercedes has joined forces with Lotus on the development, with the high-performance machine being treated entirely as an in-house project. Production will be limited to “200 to 300” units, and the work on the machine has started “some time” ago with testing prototypes to be out on the street around October next year. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be used as development drivers, because not only the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine is the same, but the carbon fiber monocoque will also have lots of shared elements.