Mercedes-AMG Project One: A Hypercar for the Future
It is almost impossible to imagine the automotive world without the contribution of Mercedes-Benz. In fact there might not be any automobiles if it weren’t for Mercedes-Benz. Every now and then the German automakers change the game in the industry with innovations. There are countless moments in the history that serve as the evidence. Well, Mercedes-Benz is about to do that again by the introduction of their latest hypercar, Project One.
AMG Project One
The Project One is a joint venture project between Mercedes-Benz and AMG. It is also a present to the brand of AMG to mark its 50th anniversary. The car was first presented in 2017 at Germany’s International Motor Show as a concept car. Mercedes-AMG later confirmed that the car will actually go into production somewhere around in 2020.
Formula One for the Road
Mercedes-AMG has repeatedly introduced Project One as the Formula One car built for urban roads. At first glance you can obviously spot the similarities between both sets of cars especially with respect to the comparable design. The exterior of the car follows the same aerodynamics principles with a huge ‘shark fin’ at the back. It also has a retractable spoiler at the back for more down force when needed. Same story continues in the interior of the car as there is a rectangular steering wheel just like the one you can find in a Formula One car.
The engine of the car is also the same which the Mercedes-Benz Formula One car uses. It’s twin-turbocharged 1.6 liter gasoline engine which directly powers the rear wheels. Besides the ridiculously powerful engine, the car also has four electric motors out of which two power the front wheels in hybrid mode. This means the car is actually all-wheel-drive in this particular mode.
A Hybrid Hypercar
Yes, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is a plug-in hybrid. However, instead of reducing the impact of the combustion engine it actually enhances it. The car is loaded with a set of Lithium Ion batteries that you can charge by plugging the car in or by simply driving it.
The car also has different modes of driving. You can either dive it in all-electric mode which gives you an impressive range of 60 miles on full charge. You can also choose to drive it in combustion engine only or hybrid performance mode.
The combined power output of the engine and the electric motors is somewhere between 1,039 and 1,231 horsepower. The torque figures of the car are still unknown. Project One will hit the 60 mph from standstill in less than 2.5 seconds. The vehicle can be further accelerated to reach its top speed of 217 mph. These are crazy performance figures by all standards and the speed truly makes this automobile one of the best hypercars on the planet.
There is no official price announced yet for the Mercedes-AMG Project One. However, it is being rumored to be priced somewhere between 2.5 and 3 million US dollars. Only 275 of Project Ones will be built which also makes it one of the rarest cars in the world.