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


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

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

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

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

Mercedes AMG W07 Hybrid 2016 Components One automobile energy unit
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On the rear of the automobile, one electrical motor (MGU-Okay) will probably be
linked 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) will probably be built-in with the turbocharger to assist
spin its compressor in addition to recapture wasted exhaust vitality.
Thus far the setup is identical utilized in F1.

However the Challenge One will characteristic two further electrical motors
on the entrance axle to create the aforementioned all-wheel-drive
system. F1 automobiles don’t have this, although the LMP1 Hybrid
prototypes competing within the World Endurance Championship do.
Present automobiles 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 help weight distribution, are additionally of the identical
expertise utilized in F1. In the meantime, the transmission will probably be an
Eight-speed automated handbook.

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

Teaser for Mercedes-AMG Challenge One F1-dervied hypercar
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AMG additionally revealed a couple of particulars in regards to the suspension setup
which is able to characteristic an overlapping inboard design and be absolutely
adjustable. And hooked up at every hub will probably 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 way in which—helps
have a good time AMG’s 50th anniversary this 12 months. It’s additionally a
precursor to the brand new hybrid efficiency route the
Affalterbach tuner is about to embark on.

Simply 275 will probably be constructed and all have been bought. The primary
deliveries are due in late 2018 or early the next
12 months—about the identical time Aston Martin will begin deliveries of
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


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