Mercedes-AMG Project One Is An Outrageous $2.53 Million Hybrid Hypercar

Share

Mercedes has launched its Project One hypercar at the Frankfurt motorshow, billing the 1,000bhp road vehicle as a "Formula One auto with MOT approval". This energy is stored in the battery and is available for a longer electric range.

This is really insane for a product road-legal vehicle and it doesn't help knowing that the Project One's shape will be greatly inspired by pure F1 cars. The new photo reveals a rear profile of AMG's latest brainchild, days after confirming its top speed would exceed the 350km/h mark.

Moving on to the chassis, inboard pushroad suspension coilovers work the wheels and the 8-speed automated-manual transaxle is a stressed member, holding the rear suspension.

Being a hybrid means the Project One makes good use of its power.

Given that the auto won't weigh much more than 1200kg (420kg of that being the four battery packs and the electric motors) it'll be Quite Quick - 0-62mph should be done and dusted in less than 3sec. 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.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Is An Outrageous $2.53 Million Hybrid Hypercar
Mercedes-AMG Project One Is An Outrageous $2.53 Million Hybrid Hypercar

Wheels Ten-spoke magnesium wheels with drag-reducing "aero blades", wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres specifically designed for the auto.

The steering wheel is also noteworthy. Inside, there's room for two with bucket seats that have adjustable backrests while still being integrated into the monocoque. A digital screen linked to a rear-facing camera replaces the rear-view mirror and Mercedes has also seen fit to include a smartphone holder and sat nav.

It's understood that the package was extended three times - not least because Mercedes top brass Dieter Zetsche and Ola Kallenius are tall, and the legroom, headroom and visibility had to be signed off by the board.

To date, 275 people have signed on to buy the Project One, but patience is warranted as Mercedes-AMG will reportedly make only one vehicle per day and production is scheduled to commence late next year. The look isn't as delicate as that of the rival Aston Martin Valkyrie; in true AMG fashion it's more iron fist in a velvet glove. This intake is one of many prominent vents that contribute both to cooling the powertrain and improving the Project One's aerodynamic efficiency.

More news: Stephen King's 'It' Shatters Box Office Records On Release

Share