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Mercedes-AMG’s F1-based hypercar to come in 2017

Team OD  /
02 Sep 2016 20:15:28 IST

Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz, is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, and it seems the German marquee is going to mark its celebration by launching a hypercar. An insider from the Mercedes F1 team has confirmed that the much-anticipated Mercedes-AMG's F1-based hypercar is coming next year. This means the car will not only be as fast as a Formula 1 car, but you'll also be able to drive it in your neighbourhood.

Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo conceptMercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept

Dubbed R50, the street-legal monster will feature the same 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine as AMG's current W07 F1 racer. The engine will deliver an insane 1,320PS " enough to be too fast and furious.

The F1-inspired hypercar will come with a sub-1,315kg kerb weight and a chassis built around an F1-style carbon-fibre monocoque.

This F1-inspired project by Mercedes-AMG reminds us of the AM-RB 001, the ground-breaking hypercar by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. The AM-RB 001 will also be built around a carbon-fibre structure, and it's said to be powered by a high-revving V12 engine, mounted in the middle of the two-seat supercar.

Aston Martin and Red Bull will build only 150 street cars and 25 track-only versions of the AM-RB 001, whereasMercedes-AMG is expected to release only 50 units ofR50.

AMG's R50 will not only be superfast, but it will also be super expensive. AMG is expected to price its F1-inspired hypercar at $4.46 million.

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