AMG models are getting more Formula 1 tech.
If you're a fan of the glorious exhaust notes and engine roars produced by the Mercedes-AMG GT, AMG GT Four-Door, or anything that rolls off the Affalterbach assembly line, then life is about to get better. Mercedes-AMG and the UK-based AMG Petronas F1 Team have jointly announced a strengthening of ties beyond what was started in 2012. What does this mean?
A greater transfer of knowledge between the F1 team and high-performance brand, specifically for electrified technologies for road and track, and an overall passion for going fast. "For nine years now, we have been linked by a close partnership, which has given rise to a wide range of developments and countless successes," said Philipp Schiemer, Mercedes-AMG Chairman of the Board.
"To put it succinctly, we live performance! Now is exactly the right time to take our cooperation to the next level: with the Project ONE hypercar, for the first time we are putting Formula 1 technology nearly one-to-one on the road. We will deliver the first cars of this highly exclusive series to our customers this year." Performance and electrification now go hand-in-hand.
Along with the upcoming (finally!) AMG One hypercar pictured here, AMG has also snuck into the photo what appears to be a thinly disguised AMG GT 73e, aka the ultimate AMG Four-Door, which is expected to debut with 800 hp.
In addition, AMG Petronas has just revealed its new F1 car for the upcoming season, the W12 E Performance. Mercedes-AMG has direct access to the F1 team's winning technologies and the enhanced relationship simply speeds up the transfer of that knowledge.
The performance road car division adds it has plans to open "new target groups with lifestyle affinity [who] always want to own the latest, sustainable and motorsport-test technology." We can't argue with that. Additional areas of cooperation will include the co-development of cell technology necessary for high-performance batteries and the necessary cooling systems. Two other key groups that will benefit from this are the GT3 and GT4 customer racing programs.
Aside from the Mercedes-AMG One, we highly suspect development is already well underway for the AMG GT successor - being co-developed alongside the new AMG SL-Class - with it likely to sport a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Full electrification is quite obviously the next big step for the entire AMG road car division.