Lewis Hamilton: 'I'd like to start developing road cars'


Lewis Hamilton says he would like to develop Mercedes-AMG road cars.

Speaking to AOL Cars at the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG GT R, Hamilton said "the people that are running Mercedes-Benz and AMG, they're cool and they're really into cars... I want to do my own cars with them."

Hamilton, who is currently second in the Formula 1 World Championship to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, didn't get to drive the German manufacturer's new supercar until it had already been signed off.

"When they first brought it to me I had all these ideas, but they had already [finished it], but for the next car – [I'd like to tell them] let's change this, add this, let's do this," he said.

"I was talking to Tobias [Moers, Chairman of AMG], and I was like 'you've got all this Formula 1 technology and you have the Formula 1 world champion driving your car – utilise that!'"

It wouldn't be the first time Hamilton has specified a car to his own exacting standards. The three-time F1 champion owns a one-of-a-kind Pagani Zonda, called 760 LH. It has 760bhp, a manual gearbox, and a purple paint job.

Unlike the Zonda, Hamilton wouldn't necessarily want his creation to be a one-off project – though don't expect it to be mass produced either: "An AMG GT LH [could be] a limited-edition series, which I can test, which I can setup and be hands-on with the design. So I'm hoping that goes well when they eventually do give me the budget."

Hamilton joked that by telling us about his desires to develop his own road car, it put pressure on the bosses to make it happen. Our sources tell us that when told of Hamilton's plan, Moers was excited by the idea.

A Hamilton-tuned AMG GT? Yes, please.