Mercedes-AMG Apparently Developing 1,300hp Hypercar For 2017

The impending Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 may soon have a competitor from Mercedes-AMG, if new reports are to be believed.

Sources close to the company from GTspirit report that Mercedes‘ performance division is developing an advanced hypercar, potentially dubbed the R50 and if accurate, it will be a step above the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari.

The car will apparently adopt a hybrid powertrain consisting of two electric motors driving the front wheels and each delivering 150 hp. Amazingly, these motors could be joined by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine tuned to deliver a frankly ridiculous 1,000 hp, making for a combined 1,300 hp.

Like the AM-RB 001, Mercedes-AMG will also target a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio likely restricting the car to the 1,300 kg mark. Helping to achieve such a figure will be an advanced carbon fiber monocoque.

Elsewhere, the car could include rear-wheel steering and an advanced adaptive suspension system able to control each wheel individually. When combined with a narrow two-seater cockpit, carbon fiber body panels and advanced aerodynamics, the Mercedes-AMG R50 Hypercar could become a game-changer just like the AM-RB 001.

Given the company’s current dominance in Formula One, it certainly has the technical know-how to create such a model, just like Red Bull Racing.

When launched, the car may be priced between 2 and 3 million euros.

Note: SL GTR by Mark Holster pictured


  • Evo45

    2.0 liter engine with two electric motors? How crazy are they?

  • MJ Coffey

    2.0L 4 Cyl-engine for 2 – 3.000.000€.

  • Ermal Morina

    They do really have the capabilities to make a game changing hypercar,since they’re dominating F1.Pretty pumped to see what Mercedes does!!

  • madchilli

    Yeah I can’t get my head around the only 2.0lt bit either. or is that 2lts of nuclear power?

  • RunningLogan

    There’s no way this is happening.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Gasoline engines on hybrid hypercars
    McLaren P1 : 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo 721 hp, full hybrid power 917 hp
    LaFerrari : 6.3 liter V12 naturally aspirated 800 hp, full hybrid power 963 hp
    Porsche 918 : 4.6 liter V8 naturally aspirated 605 hp, full hybrid power 887 hp

    4 cylinder 1000 hp ? IMPOSSIBLE !
    I think the 4.0 liter V8 powered up to 650-700 hp combined with 300, 400 or 500 hp of electric power is more realistic.

  • smartacus

    Holay mother of Dwayne Johnson!
    1,000HP from a 2.0????

    thank God they lug around two of those heavy motors…1,000HP engines can never be fast without 150HP electric anchors.

  • Kagan

    1 april?

  • Vassilis

    I really hope they do it. Merc needs to join the hypercar club!

  • Vicu

    I just want Mercedes to beat Bugatti, in every way, speed, acceleration, luxury, design…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Well, 4 is the new 6, and 6 is…

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