CES 2017: Mercedes' next supercar will be an F1-inspired monster

Mercedes’ AMG division has teased a brand new hypercar  that will take on the likes of Ferrari’s LaFerrari.

The car, claims Mercedes-AMG, uses technology that’s directly derived from current Formula 1 cars. In fact, it’s expected to use a variant of the turbocharged V6 engine that drives F1 cars today. It will also use a hybrid powertrain, similar to an F1 car, a hybrid petrol-electric motor that delivers even more power and fuel economy at the same time.

 

Drive.com speculates that this mid-engined car will use an overhead scoop to feed air to the engine, exactly like an F1 car. The site also speculates that the prominent vertical “spine” in the teaser image might indicate a vertical stabiliser.

At CES 2017, Mercedes-AMG’s chief of research and development is quoted as saying that the car represents actual Formula 1 technology that AMG is giving to itself, fans and customers as a fiftieth anniversary present.

The teaser image simply reveals what appears to be a sketch of the rear of the car. No windows, mirrors, or even a rear spoiler is seen. In fact, an active aerodynamics system appears to be the only solution.

When will we see this monster? There’s no date yet, but we’ll likely see it at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Updated Date: Jan 07, 2017 10:41:00 IST