Leak: Mercedes-AMG Project One Grins For The Camera in Frankfurt

Kelley Robertson
September 12, 2017

The biggest hole in Mercedes-Benz's product lineup is likely something that can get to 124 miles per hour in under six seconds, makes over 1000 horsepower from a 1.6-liter V6 with four electric motors, and tops out at about 217 miles per hour.

Mercedes-AMG's Project One Hypercar gets its Frankfurt intro with Dieter Zetsche, left, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

In terms of design, the Project ONE noticeably avoids blending contemporary Mercedes styling cues into its racing auto inspired shape. The electric motors also allow the Project One to achieve a claimed 25km pure electric range. But all that power does do a number on the battery.

Mercedes-Benz says that the Project One was developed in close cooperation with the Formula 1 experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team in Brackley.

As well as the ability to tell friends they own a vehicle fitted with the same engine Lewis Hamilton uses, Project One buyers will have access to barely comprehensible performance.

The interior on the auto is very basic and features a squarish steering wheel with a set of screens to feed information to the driver. The special edition hypercar concept, which will be built to commemorate AMG's 50th anniversary, is set to make its debut at the yearly event in Germany next week. The entire powertrain is paired to an AMG eight-speed automatic transmission.

Lewis Hamilton and the Project One

Two more 161bhp motors drive the front wheels to turn the Project ONE into an all-wheel-drive hybrid hypercar. A hypercar with an F1 engine that can be driven on the road, simple as that.

Inside is configured for two, with occupants located in place by carbonfibre seats that are incorporated into the car's monocoque construction.

Mercedes-AMG claims this will be a auto that is driveable everyday, and to that end has included two compartments for storage inside the cabin behind the seats, an air conditioning system, power windows, and a version of its COMAND infotainment system. There are two 10-inch screens, one in front of the driver and the other in the dash center and beneath it are two ventilation nozzles suspended like a gondola.

Safety As many as 12 pre-production prototypes will be crash-tested in the European Union and US.

It will go into limited production of just 275 units each costing $2.54 million.

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