Audi Sport may build a hypercar to compete with Mercedes-AMG Project One

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2017

In a recent interview with Car Advice, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann hinted at the possibilities of a hypercar program. Mercedes-Benz as we know will be launching its own version of the low-volume, high-powered supercar in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Perhaps it’s also true that if not for the AMG-specced Project One, he wouldn’t even dare to consider the thought.

As the former head of Lamborghini, Winkelmann has a background on hypercars at least one way or another. Since he’s now the head of Audi Sport, (the high performance sub brand that develops the Audi RS), people couldn’t help but wonder what he’s up to especially after another German competing brand is set to launch a hypercar within this year.

While at the Bathurst 12-Hour GT3 Endurance competition in Australia, it looks like Winkelmann has been contemplating about it already when he stated that “coming from a brand where we did this in the past and we put it to a new level, if it’s about a very limited car with a high price to test the value of the brand, it might be a good idea.” Well, if ever that’s the case, we’re more than thrilled to see how it would go along with Mercedes’ first ever road legal supercar to be made available commercially using Formula One’s hybrid powertrain.

The Project One will be equipped with the very iconic, powerful and efficient F1 drivetrain with pure electric and wheel-selective front drive technology. When combined, this power system is capable of delivering beyond 1000 horsepower. That’s how good it is. Meanwhile, the R8 V10 Plus is considered to be Audi’s most powerful offering so far. It comes with a 610 hp 5.2 liter V10 engine, pushing it to drive up to 60mph in 3 seconds flat before reaching a top speed of 205 mph.

Still, we’d be keeping our fingers crossed that hopefully one day, Audi Sport would come up with its own version of the hypercar. Who doesn’t want it anyway? Grigory Gorin’s Audi F-Tron would make a good concept to start with. Or, they could take some inspirations from Lamborghini. If not, then maybe they can just take it from their experiences in the past with the Audi racing team.

In his own words, Winkelmann said that he sees “a potential for those type of cars in Audi Sport” and that there are plenty of ideas out there considering the history they have in GT3, WEC and Silver Arrows. Nevertheless, let’s see what happens right after Mercedes launches the much awaited Project One. Only then will we know whether Audi Sport is really up for a challenge.

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