Project One’s Electric Turbos to Land in Every AMG Model Soon
Next-gen Mercedes-AMG models will leave the current electric compressor setup behind for greater gains in performance.
We already know that Mercedes-AMG plans to drop a mild hybrid system into nearly all of its models as soon as 2020 at the earliest. Said system, already in use by the AMG 53-series, features an electric compressor backing the turbochargers in making more power.
However, those turbos and the compressor could be replaced by a fully electric turbocharging system. Our friends at Motor Authority report the system would come from none other than the Project One hypercar concept, per AMG boss Tobias Moers.
“You’ll have 80—eight-zero—kilowatts. You don’t need that 80 kilowatts for speeding up the turbocharger, but you can use for harvesting… harvesting energy,” Moers told Motor Authority, adding that the electric turbos have been waiting in the wings “for a while now,” and would appear as soon as the next generation of AMG models hit the assembly line.
Such turbos would bid farewell to lag forever, and would pump in a ton of power to whatever they’re attached to. Plus, Mercedes-AMG would be the first to use electric turbos in production vehicles; per Moers, no one else has done so thus far. Thanks, Project One. What a time to be alive.
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