Mercedes Will Borrow F1 Center to Develop Road Cars
If you’ve watched a Formula 1 race lately, you’ll know that Mercedes F1 knows how to build a strong-performing car. The same folks that have kept Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the podium this year are now turning their attention to what might become your next road car. The Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains plant, located in Brixworth, United Kingdom, will temporarily shift its focus from the development of the F1 1.6-liter hybrid V6 powerplants to porting its technological know-how into Mercedes road cars. Development on the current F1 engine is essentially frozen for the rest of the season, meaning that hundreds of engineers and support staff need a new challenge to keep the wheels turning, rather than face a workforce reduction. Specific details haven’t been revealed regarding which cars the F1 team will be focusing on, but Mercedes-Benz head of development Thomas Weber hinted at possible engineering avenues in an interview with the UK’s Autocar. “I have some ideas to do some of the advanced engineering studies and advanced development activities, and maybe also production of high-end models.” RELATED: Check out the 2014 Mercedes AMG W05 F1 car
The latter admission should grab the attention of the Mercedes performance crowd. Mind you, this is the team that plied its talents in the powerplant development of the AMG SLS Electric Drive.
If we were betting men – and we are – we’d put money on a follow-up to the SLS Electric Drive underneath the upcoming 2015 Mercedes AMG GT. The timing makes perfect sense and they’ve done it once before.
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