Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar images released ahead of Frankfurt debut
Sep 12 2017
The 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle.
Behold the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a road auto equipped with the championship-winning powertrain of the current-era Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 racecars.
Project One is expected to go into production two years from now at an estimated price of £2.4 million.
We've been given lots of bread crumbs and some puzzle pieces to piece together by the Mercedes-AMG unit, but arguably this is so far the best look we've had since all the commotion started. Project One will also be able to undertake short journeys, up to 16 miles, in all-electric mode as a front-wheel-drive auto. Power is stored in lithium-ion batteries, and Zetsche says that up to 80 percent of braking energy can be recuperated from the front wheels to the batteries.
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To date, 275 people have signed on to buy the Project One, but patience is warranted as Mercedes-AMG will reportedly make only one auto per day and production is scheduled to commence late next year.
As well as the ability to tell friends they own a vehicle fitted with the same engine Lewis Hamilton uses, Project One buyers will have access to barely comprehensible performance. For higher longevity and the use of commercially available "Super Plus" gasoline instead of racing fuel, max engine speed remains significantly below the F1 engine speed limit.
The drivetrain layout shows that oddly tiny mid-mounted 1.6-liter V6 and the floorpan-based battery packs for the electric motors at each wheel. Drivers will harness all of this power with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed automated manual transmission, with shifting duties being handled by paddles behind the steering wheel. The new photo reveals a rear profile of AMG's latest brainchild, days after confirming its top speed would exceed the 350km/h mark.
Power for the Project One ultimately flows through an automated eight-speed manual transmission specifically developed for the vehicle. A third screen acts as a rear view mirror and is linked to a camera at the back of the auto. One 10-inch screen on the dashboard provides the driver with critical vehicle information while a second displays powertrain status and other applications.
Pretty much everything about the AMG Project One will be cutting edge.