Mercedes-AMG confirms supercar with Formula 1 engine will be built

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AMG GT R; 2016; Rennstrecke;  Exterrieur: AMG Green Hell magno; neuer AMG Panamericana Grill; Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert:  11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/km AMG GT R; 2016; race track Exterior: AMG Green Hell magno, new AMG Panamericana radiator grille; Fuel consumption, combined:   11.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions, combined:  259 g/km

Mercedes-AMG will build a road-going supercar powered by the engine from its Formula 1 car.

A source within the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team confirmed the news at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa last weekend, telling Evo that not only was the supercar a reality, it was entering the final stages of its design.

Next year marks AMG's 50th anniversary, so it would make sense for the company to reveal a new halo car in 2017.

According to the report, the source confirmed that the new car would be powered by the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine fitted to the current W07 Formula 1 car. It is expected to use an energy-recovery system that will make it capable of taking its total output beyond 1,000bhp.

The move makes sense from a marketing point of view, too, as F1 teams have complained that new downsized engines make their race cars less relevant to their road-going cars than ever. Utilising the technology developed on the race track for direct use in a supercar would make the business case to go racing easier.

The hardest part of the programme will almost certainly be making a highly strung racing engine usable and reliable enough for a road car. F1 engines work at the very limit at all times and require a team of engineers to maintain them – converting that to be able to cope with irregular use and only occasional maintenance will be tough.

Mercedes' performance division has never built a dedicated supercar before, but it has a successful history of converting the German manufacturer's regular cars into performance variants.

AMG GT R; 2016; Rennstrecke; Exterrieur: AMG Green Hell magno; neuer AMG Panamericana Grill; Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert:  11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/kmAMG GT R; 2016; race trackExterior: AMG Green Hell magno, new AMG Panamericana radiator grille;Fuel consumption, combined:   11.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions, combined:  259 g/km