Mercedes has confirmed it plans to build a road-going hypercar around its V6 turbo Formula One engine.
The news was announced at the Paris motorshow and was accompanied by a basic outline sketch of a mid-engined hypercar. AMG -- the performance arm of the German car manufacturer -- is behind the project and plans to use a version of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid engine that currently powers the racing cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The F1 powertrain -- which doesn't even feature a starter motor when fitted in the W07 F1 car -- will have to be modified for road use and coupled to a gearbox capable of dealing with the stresses and strains of driving on the road. However, with the help of Mercedes' F1 power unit team based in Brixworth, AMG is confident it can turn the concept into reality.
Few details beyond the power unit are available but deliveries are expected as soon as 2018, making it a rival for the Adrian Newey-designed Aston Martin AM-RB 001.
"I am very excited to officially confirm our next big thing at AMG is already in the pipeline," Mercedes' head of R&D Thomas Weber said in Paris. "We are going to create an AMG performance hybrid featuring our Formula One drivetrain technology.
"Under the lead of AMG, our performance companies will join forces and create the most efficient and, at the same time, the best-performing and most spectacular AMG of all time; some might even call it a hypercar.
"But no matter what you call it, it will definitely show how we will take our performance brand into the future with extremely efficient and intelligent drivetrain technology. Of course, there will be no compromises in terms of the emotional appeal of this car."
Assuming the power unit is based on the current iteration of Mercedes' PU106C Hybrid F1 engine it will be able to produce somewhere in the region of 1000bhp -- although that figure could be upped significantly by increasing fuel flow beyond the 100kg/hour rate mandated in F1's regulations. But according to AMG boss Tobias Moers the focus will be on making it the "most efficient hypercar" on the road and "not necessarily the most powerful."
Further details have not been released about the project, although the 2018 production date suggests it is already well underway.