Mercedes-AMG Project One rear design unveiled

Gwen Vasquez
September 11, 2017

The roof features an air intake derived from Formula 1, and like race cars, the doors open forwards and upwards.

Going by the teaser images and performance it claims, we won't be surprised if the Mercedes-AMG is one of the showstoppers of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It'll be priced at around £2.4 million. Not based on, but THE actual Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ unit that is used by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1.

Behold the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a road vehicle equipped with the championship-winning powertrain of the current-era Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 racecars.

The Project One beast is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine coupled with hybrid technology offering a combined output exceeding 1,000 horsepower! The gearbox is electromechanically/hydraulically automated or can be shifted using the steering wheel paddles.

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The four electric motors will use energy from a lithium-ion battery. Voltage has been doubled from 400 volts to 800 volts too, which Mercedes says allows space saving by reducing cable diameters, and the battery system lies on the floor behind the front axle. It only has an electric range of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

The Mercedes-AMG Project One concept and the four-door AMG GT Concept provide a preview of the future performance-hybrid drive strategy of the sports auto brand within Mercedes-Benz. The traction control system can be switched off entirely too. Inside there's room for two with bucket seats that have adjustable backrests while still being integrated into the monocoque. One 10-inch screen on the dashboard provides the driver with critical vehicle information while a second displays powertrain status and other applications. A third screen acts as a rear view mirror and is linked to a camera at the back of the vehicle.

The Project One hypercar is a two-seat hybrid performance model that purports to harness the power of Formula One in a road-legal way, one which will pass an MOT and run on fuel from a normal petrol station.

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