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12 September 2017, 11:28 | Dan Bryan
Mercedes-AMG Project One. Mercedes-Benz
With the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show just right around the corner, Mercedes Benz is now ramping up its marketing and promotion for its upcoming hybridhypercar, the Mercedes-AMG #Project One concept. The Mercedes-AMG Project One promises 1,000 horsepower from its racing-inspired powertrain mounted amidships in a slippery body shell that will help this supercar hit a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Sure, there have been road cars with racing engines before, the most recent with bona fide F1 ancestry being the Ferrari F50 from 1995.
The Project One is powered by a 1.6-litre V6 Formula One engine with a staggering 1000 horsepower - or 740kW in modern terms - paired to hybrid electric motors to give it all-wheel-drive acceleration.
This isn't a auto with a powertrain derived from Mercedes' F1 cars, but is, pretty much, the self-same 1.6 litre V6 hybrid powertrain Lewis Hamilton has been blatting around the world's F1 tracks. But while most hypercars have one or two electric motors, this one has four, borrowing directly from the W08 F1 vehicle.
Two more 161bhp motors drive the front wheels to turn the Project ONE into an all-wheel-drive hybrid hypercar.
At the heart of the Project One is a compact, mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6L gasoline V-6 from the F1 race vehicle but tuned for everyday use.
The front wheels run to 10.0×19-inch clad in 285/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, while the 12.0×20-inch rears use 335/30 ZR20 versions. The engine and MGU-K duo drive the rear wheels while producing more than 670 horsepower.
Combined, the petrol engine and electric motors deliver an output of more than 992bhp.
"The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE was born on the racetrack, created by a team that only we can put together". Mercedes however claims this is the most thermo efficient vehicle ever put on the road, with a figure of over 40 percent. Some of the teaser images projected its design to be radical but from certain angles the Project One looks somewhat similar to the Koenigsegg One:1. The roof features an air intake derived from Formula 1, and like race cars, the doors open forwards and upwards. "This hypercar's extreme design marks a milestone in design - there are no lines, and the interior is stripped down to the essentials".
No sale date has been announced yet for the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. The hydraulically actuated gearbox can do its own shifting or change gear via steering wheel-mounted paddles. "As we said in the past, as soon as AMG steps into a new segment we have a very clear expectation", said Moers.
The Project One gets its speed from a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 1.6L V6 engine and four electric motors.
Inside, it's pretty much back to basics - basics in the manner of today's top racing series. This shaft features an electric motor with approximately 90 kW which, depending on the operating status, electrically drives the compressor turbine with up to 100,000 rpm - for instance when moving off or following load changes.
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