Mercedes has already announced plans to develop only electric car platforms from 2025 and exclusively sell zero-emission vehicles “where market conditions allow” by the end of the decade. Meanwhile, Formula 1 cars will not leave the internal combustion engine as soon as the new regulations that come into force from the 2026 season continue to include the good old ICE.
2022 F1 cars run on E10 fuel, which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent fossil fuel. Come 2026 – when Porsche and Audi will join the world’s largest car competition – the internal combustion engine will be completely switched to renewable synthetic fuel. In the voice of its CEO Ol Källenius, Mercedes said Car the German luxury brand has “decided to embark on this path of decarbonisation – it’s the only decision you can make – and the same goes for Formula 1.”
The chief honcho of the three-legged star said that although the 2026 F1 cars will still have an internal combustion engine, the ICE will be “used as a laboratory to develop CO2-free fuels”. For now, Källenius says battery technology is not mature enough for races on a site like the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi using only electricity. However, he pointed out that there is no CO2 while still having an internal combustion engine adopting synthetic fuels.
On request from Car on the potential merger of Formula 1 and Formula E, Mercedes top refused to give a direct answer: “I don’t want to speculate on that. All I know is that Formula 1 will always remain the pinnacle of motorsport.” We know that AMG is working on its first dedicated electric platform for street cars. The Vision AMG concept will break down on May 19 before the next production car is scheduled to arrive in 2025.
The most direct link between the F1 and road cars is currently the AMG One. Originally presented as a concept in September 2017, the electrified hypercar will enter production by mid-year after several delays caused by developmental barriers. Only 275 cars will be produced with a 1.6-liter turbo engine taken from the F1 car that won the championship. With four electric motors on tap, rival Aston Martin Valkyrie will have over 1,000 horsepower.
Its mid-tuned V6 spins up to 11,000 rpm and has an e-turbo as already seen in the recently unveiled 2023 AMG C43. Not surprisingly, the F1 ICE will be a fragile engine by road car standards as it will need to be rebuilt every 50,000 kilometers (about 31,000 miles). There should also be an electrical mode considering that Project One concept advertised as having an EV range of 16 miles (25 kilometers).
Mercedes-AMG has not yet revealed the one that is ready for production, so we expect it in the coming weeks or months.