Mercedes-AMG reveals Challenge One hypercar’s F1-spec powertrain

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As we strategy the debut of
Mercedes-AMG’s “Challenge One” at September’s 2017 Frankfurt
auto present, increasingly more particulars on the hybrid hypercar are
surfacing.

AMG used this weekend’s 24 Hours Nürburgring to supply a sneak
peek on the automobile’s structure and powertrain.

As we beforehand discovered, the powertrain is lifted straight out
of one of many Mercedes AMG Method One’s staff
championship-winning race vehicles and augmented with an electrical
drive system on the entrance axle for all-wheel drive. Peak output
is anticipated to be round 1,zero20 horsepower.

Round 750 hp of that can come from the inner combustion
part alone, on this case a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 with
the
capability to rev to 11,000 rpm and thermal effectivity
exceeding 40 % (most efficiency vehicles are within the 20
% vary). The electrical drive system will make up the
relaxation.

Mercedes AMG W07 Hybrid 2016 Method One automobile energy unit
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On the rear of the automobile, one electrical motor (MGU-Okay) can be
related to the engine by way of the crankshaft and assist energy the
rear wheels, in addition to recapture vitality. A second electrical
motor (MGU-H) can be built-in with the turbocharger to assist
spin its compressor in addition to recapture wasted exhaust vitality.
Up to now the setup is identical utilized in F1.

However the Challenge One will function two extra electrical motors
on the entrance axle to create the aforementioned all-wheel-drive
system. F1 vehicles don’t have this, although the LMP1 Hybrid
prototypes competing within the World Endurance Championship do.
Present vehicles just like the Acura NSX and Porsche 918 Spyder additionally
profit from an identical setup.

Curiously, the 2 front-mount electrical motors will energy
the automobile in electrical mode, making it a front-driver when zero
emissions are required. AMG is estimating a variety of
roughly 15 miles on a full cost. The batteries, mounted
on the entrance to assist weight distribution, are additionally of the identical
expertise utilized in F1. In the meantime, the transmission can be an
Eight-speed automated handbook.

All the things will then mount to the bathtub, forming a part of the load
construction of the car, one other follow frequent to F1. AMG
gained’t point out the burden of the automobile, although this determine is
anticipated to return in underneath three,000 kilos.

Teaser for Mercedes-AMG Challenge One F1-dervied hypercar
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AMG additionally revealed a couple of particulars concerning the suspension setup
which is able to function an overlapping inboard design and be totally
adjustable. And connected at every hub can be wheels wrapped in
customized Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires measuring 285/35R19 entrance
and 335/30R20 rear.

The Challenge One—that is solely a code identify, by the best way—helps
have a good time AMG’s 50th anniversary this yr. It’s additionally a
precursor to the brand new hybrid efficiency route the
Affalterbach tuner is about to embark on.

Simply 275 can be constructed and all have been offered. The primary
deliveries are due in late 2018 or early the next
yr—about the identical time Aston Martin will begin deliveries of
its
rival Valkyrie hypercar.

The beginning worth, not that it issues a lot for the automobile’s
potential patrons, is 2.27 million euros (roughly $2.54
million).

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