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Mercedes to Use Electric Motors for New 1,000 HP Supercars

Mercedes is looking to make a splash in the rarified world of supercars with a new 1,000 HP car, according to German magazine Auto Bild via The Detroit Bureau. The carmaker is apparently considering two different model designs that would see it produce a car that goes up against the ultracar likes of the Koenigsegg Agera and Bugatti’s Veyron.

The Mercedes concept revolves around having electric motors helping the cars’ regular engines reach the desired power production levels. One of the designs being considered is for a follow-up to the SLR model, a long-nosed supercar which first saw the light of day back in 2003 as a joint McLaren-Mercedes project. But whereas the old SLR ran on a large V8 engine, the new model would feature a twin-turbocharged V6 paired with an electric motor, and be able to hit at least 650 HP.

The other possibility is an even more exotic carbon-fibre-frame supercar that could attain 1,000 HP. This would run on a V8 turbocharged engine twinned with two electric motors, possibly with the goal of having a specialized all-wheel-drive system to maximize road adherence and power.