9.03.2017

Mercedes teases hybrid supercar with Formula 1 tech

Based on previous info, the machine will combine an F1-based 1.6-liter turbo V6 with two electric motors: a 134HP motor linked to the crankshaft, and a 107HP motor that minimizes turbo lag, even though the engine can rev up to an extreme 11,000RPM. The hardware promises over 1,000 combined horsepower and a 217MPH top speed, yet it should offer 15.5 miles of pure electric driving. And yes, all that raw power is as punishing as you’d suspect — just like a race car, you’ll need to rebuild the engine every 31,000 miles.

Needless to say, this will be hard to get. Even if you can swing the expected $2.54 million sticker price for Project One, AMG says it only expects to make 275 units. There’s a good chance that business tycoons will snap up the production run almost immediately. Still, it’s good to see hybrid technology taken to its limits before electric supercars take over.

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