Final Teaser of the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

12 September, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • F1 driver Lewis Hamilton introduces the Project ONE at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Heralded by Tobias Moers of Mercedes-AMG as "the most ambitious project we have every undertaken", the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show auto is a technological marvel, particularly the high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system.

While Project One might look a little more than a classic Le Mans prototype than the F1 Silver Arrow Hamilton is used to driving, he noted they have a lot in common under the sheet metal and carbon fiber.

Project One is powered by a modified version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engine that also drives Mercedes' current W08 Formula One auto. The result is that the powertrain now has four electric motors in total-each of which is able to recapture energy to be stored in a lithium-ion battery.

The road-legal version of the F1 engine will be capped at 11,000rpm, but still features the same single-turbocharged, 90-degree V6 engine architecture as the W08 F1 vehicle.

Interestingly enough, the Project ONE can operate in silence as an EV, but that will in effect turn your hypercar into the world's most expensive front-wheel drive vehicle. This combo alone is good for over 670 horsepower. The engine will power the rear wheels with the help of an electric motor while a second rear mounted electric motor will help power the turbocharger itself. Our highly efficient hybrid assembly stems from motor racing and the electrically powered front axle generates a fascinating mixture of performance and efficiency. There's also an electric range of 25 kilometres. These drive the auto through an eight-speed gearbox, complete with manual and automatic modes. The adjustable coil-over suspension has several special features: both push-rod spring struts have been installed across the direction of travel to maintain a low height. The Project One has 20-inch aluminium wheels at the rear and 19-inch wheels at the front, while the brakes are ceramic for maximum efficacy. It's also said that it can dash from 0 to 124 miles per hour in under 6 seconds, which is less than most cars can get to 60.

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 we already knew from the handful of teaser shots, the exterior design is downright sinister. In a more similar vein, Aston Martin's Valkyrie and McLaren's BP23 will be on the scene by 2019 too.

Showcar Mercedes-AMG Project ONE zweisitziger Supersportwagen-mit modernster und effizientester Formel 1-Hybrid-Technologie High Performance Plug-in Hybrid Antriebsstrang mit 1,6-Liter-V6-Turbobenzinmotor und vier Elektromotoren / Showcar Mercedes-AMG
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What the two hypercars have in common, though, is a shape nearly entirely dictated by aerodynamics.

Pretty much everything about the AMG Project One will be cutting edge. There are also some nods to a past great, the CLK GTR in particular. While AMG is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year, the Project One will surely be a great auto to do it with.

And as a auto intended for the street, it seats two with bucket seats that have adjustable backrests integrated into the monocoque.

Sadly, AMG plans to build just 275 examples, and all build slots have been sold.

The price tag? Over $5 million Australian dollars, with eight set aside for the Australian market. The ensuing battle will be wild.

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