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.