AMG to use hybrid technology on its upcoming models

Article by Christian A., on January 18, 2011

According to the latest reports, it appears that AMG sport division of Mercedes-Benz will finally use hybrid technology on its upcoming sports cars. The bad news is that the new technology will not act as a performance boost, but it will be used in order to improve fuel consumption.

The new AMG models will receive stop-start and energy recuperation systems, which will help them to deliver a better fuel consumption.

Back in 2008, the company was experimenting with batteries, ultra-capacitors and flywheels in order to boost performance, but it appears that now the firm is focusing on lower carbon dioxide emissions of its flagship performance models.

“In the future, AMG will still offer high performance models but there will be hybrids there,” said Daimler’s head of future mobility and advanced engineering, Herbert Kohler to Autocar. “AMG needs to reduce fuel consumption.”

The first company to use high performance hybrids was Porsche and their impressive 918 RSR, unveiled last week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Still, it appears that Daimler will not use the innovative flywheel system used on the Porsche 918 RSR. Daimler is considering using Chevrolet Volt-style range-extenders and said it will have the technology testing on the road very soon.

AMG has its roots founded by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher – both former Mercedes-Benz engineers -- as a racing engine forge in 1967. It started out as AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (AMG Engine Production and Development, Ltd.), as based in Burgstall an der Murr, near Stuttgart. The letters A, M and G stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Grossaspach, which is the birth town of Aufrecht. Around nine years later in 1976, most of AMG transferred to Affalterbach, while its racing-engine development remained in Burgstall.

Initially, AMG was engaged in designing and testing racing engines. The company soon expanded into building custom road cars as derived from standard Mercedes cars. At first, AMG built a range of unofficial upgrade and accessories packages for the Mercedes R107 and C107 (1971 to 1989), Mercedes W116 (1972 to 1980), Mercedes W123 (1976 to 1985), Mercedes W124 (1984 to 1997), Mercedes W126 (1979 to 1992), Mercedes R129 (1989 to 2001), and Mercedes W201 (1982 to 1993).

In 1993, Daimler-Benz AG and AMG inked a contract of cooperation to allow AMG to leverage the former’s extensive dealer network. The contract resulted to commonly developed vehicles, such as the Mercedes C36 AMG in 1993). In January 1999, DaimlerChrysler acquired 51 percent of AMG, and the company was renamed to Mercedes-AMG GmbH. In January 2005, Daimler AG fully acquired AMG.

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