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


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

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

As we beforehand discovered, the powertrain is lifted straight out
of one of many Mercedes AMG Formulation One’s crew
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 Formulation One automotive energy unit
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On the rear of the automotive, one electrical motor (MGU-Ok) might be
related to the engine through the crankshaft and assist energy the
rear wheels, in addition to recapture power. A second electrical
motor (MGU-H) might be built-in with the turbocharger to assist
spin its compressor in addition to recapture wasted exhaust power.
Thus far the setup is identical utilized in F1.

However the Challenge One will characteristic two extra 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.

Apparently, the 2 front-mount electrical motors will energy
the automotive in electrical mode, making it a front-driver when zero
emissions are required. AMG is estimating a spread 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 might be an
Eight-speed automated handbook.

Every little thing will then mount to the bathtub, forming a part of the load
construction of the car, one other apply frequent to F1. AMG
received’t point out the burden of the automotive, although this determine is
anticipated to come back in beneath three,000 kilos.

Teaser for Mercedes-AMG Challenge One F1-dervied hypercar
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AMG additionally revealed just a few particulars in regards to the suspension setup
which is able to characteristic an overlapping inboard design and be totally
adjustable. And hooked up at every hub might 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 might 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
rival Valkyrie hypercar.

The beginning worth, not that it issues a lot for the automotive’s
potential consumers, is 2.27 million euros (roughly $2.54


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