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Mercedes Unveils First Sketches Of Its R50 Hypercar, Set To Arrive In 2018

And the world will never be the same.

Throughout history, the various cultures of the human race have celebrated new heights in wealthy and technological prowess with symbols of greatness. The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, the Chinese built the Great Wall, and even the UAE celebrated oil-backed rise to wealth with the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building on Earth. Now, according to Automobile, it’s Mercedes turn because as the automaker has made plain with its endless lineup of expensive and profit-gorging models, it’s doing pretty damn well.

With the rest of its lineup tending to the luxury SUV buyers, the longstanding sedan lovers, those who enjoy elongated coupes with extra doors, and the sports car segment, Mercedes is focusing energy on a creation sure to be its pinnacle achievement. It’s name is the R50, and all we know about it is that, like the Bugatti Veyron did, the R50 will likely knock the ball out of the park and reset the standards of the automotive world. We have heard rumors about the car for some time, but now, on the eve of the 2016 Paris Auto Show, Mercedes has gone ahead and confirmed that it will go arrive at customer garages in two years. All we know is that it will use a version of the hybrid Mercedes F1 car’s 1.6-liter V6 that’s paired with electric motors.

Unencumbered by FIA regulations, the engine could grow, and combined with the KERS system, the hypercar could make over 1,000 horsepower. Despite the revolutionary technology, the hypercar will maintain daily drivability, but when the track day arrives, drivers will rest easy knowing that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will have had a hand in development by being consultants and test drivers. The UK offices of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, which are already tasked with building the Tri-Star’s F1 engines, will handle powertrain development while AMG will work on the chassis, which we can expect to be cloaked with plenty of carbon fiber. By next year, we'll know more when the R50 is finally released.

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