Mercedes-AMG Project One rear design unveiled

Teaser images of Mercedes' F1-powered hypercar emerge

Teaser images of Mercedes' F1-powered hypercar emerge

"Project One provides an outlook on how AMG will define driving performance in the future", said Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers. 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.

Mercedes-AMG swept the covers off its highly-anticipated Project One hypercar on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show on Monday night and its accompanying brag sheet is, as we expected, just dripping with superlatives.

The hypercar also packs 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine that comes with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging, derived directly from the German carmaker's Petronas Formula 1 racing auto.

In a bid to provide the new AMG model with the rapid throttle response typical of an F1 auto, the Project One's electrically driven turbocharger adopts a similar operating procedure as the MGU-H (motor generator unit heat) used within the driveline of the W08 F1.

Now, add a second motor directly tied to the crankshaft, while the Project One will get what can be called through-the-road all-wheel-drive capabilities by adding two more motors up front, one for each wheel.

Other top cars making their debut at the Frankfurt show include BMW's M5 Super Saloon, Bentley Continental GT, Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, Porsche Cayenne, Ferrari Portofino and the Audi A7. Up front, the two electric motors deliver a combined 322 hp with torque vectoring similar to the SLS Electric Drive. The two sides of the turbo are connected by a shaft that is connected with a 121hp electric motor capable of powering the compressor if there isn't enough natural boost. Factor in extras like stamp duty - 3 per cent of the price up to $45,000, then 5 per cent of every dollar over that mark in NSW ($248,000) and the Project One shapes up as a seriously expensive motor vehicle. The two-seater supersports show vehicle brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road nearly par for par. The batteries alone weigh about 220 pounds (100 kg), and in fact, there are four times more cells than in the Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid racing auto.

The last, and probably least shocking aspect, of the Project One is its appearance. "This vehicle will make all previous performance limits at AMG and Mercedes look small", commented Dieter Zetsche during the reveal.

Mercedes AMG has developed a new hydraulically-operated eight-speed paddle-shift manual transmission for the Project One.

Yesterday we saw a teaser photo of the new Mercedes AMG hypercar, it is now official, the Mercedes AMG Project One.

There are no touches of flair you might see on regular Mercedes models - the spoiler, diffusers, air intakes and headlights are all created to make the vehicle stick like glue to the track. But Mercedes is already taking deposits for 275 examples that will be made, costing more than €2 million each. The seats are bolted directly to the monocoque with adjustable pedals and steering wheel that move back towards the driver. The front wheels are 19 inches in diameter and 10 inches wide, while the rears are 20×12 inches; both wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

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