Earlier this summer, we heard a fairly wild rumor that Mercedes-AMG would build a 1000-hp hypercar to capitalize on its recent Formula 1 success. We still have yet to get confirmation from Mercedes on whether this car exists—but the latest report hints that it's tantalizingly real.
Shown above: The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept car from 2013.
An "extremely high-level source" that the AMG hypercar will definitely reach production, and that it'll draw heavily on Mercedes's Formula 1 expertise. If this report is indeed true, AMG likely has its sights on the the Aston Martin-Red Bull hypercar currently under development, which itself promises F1 technology for the street.
TopGear.com reports that the AMG hypercar will center around a carbon fiber monocoque and use gullwing doors, as is Mercedes tradition. A one-to-one power-to-weight ratio is the target, but Mercedes apparently wants to make a more civilized car than Aston Martin's prototype racer for the street. A modified version of Mercedes-AMG's Formula 1 racing engine, a 700-horsepower turbocharged V6, is thought to provide power, with the help of up to three electric motors.
Even crazier, TopGear.com reports that the car will use "bio-metric driver control systems." This tech debuted in the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept car, which we first saw a few weeks ago. Apparently, the car will be able to read the driver's physical inputs in real time, and set the car's various systems to tailor the driving experience. Yes, that sounds both vague and technologically improbable, but here we are.
Next year is AMG's 50th birthday, and with the company operating at an all-time high, a hypercar would be the perfect way to celebrate. AMG undoubtedly has cool stuff planned for next year, but whether or not a hypercar is part of those plans remains to be seen. We hope it is.