This roof scoop screams Formula 1.
The teasing game for what could be the hottest premiere at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show continues, as Mercedes-AMG has released another official teaser image of the Project One. The German manufacturer calls the hypercar a “two-seater supersports showcar” and we already know we will see a near-production prototype at the 2017 IAA.
We like to call it a road-going Le Mans prototype with a Formula One engine. Indeed, the vehicle will use many full-fledged Formula One technologies, including the hybrid system and the electronics. Judging by that roof scoop, the aerodynamics and air flow optimizations will also be heavily inspired by the world’s most advanced motorsport category.
Power of the Project One will be provided by a 1.6-liter turbo V6 with hybrid assistance, derived from Mercedes-AMG’s 2015 W06 Hybrid Formula One car. Naturally, the system will be thoroughly revised for use on the road, and Mercedes promises it will last 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) between rebuilds, despite its predicted rev limit of above 10,000 rpm. Supported by two electric motors directly and two more located on the front axle, the hybrid system has an output of “over 1000 horsepower.”
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG Project One underpinnings
We absolutely trust Mercedes-AMG, which says the Project One will combine “outstanding racetrack performance” with “day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology and exemplary efficiency.” We are promised a top speed of more than 218 miles per hour (350 kilometers per hour) and that makes us even more excited.
Don’t get your hopes up too high though, as you won’t be able to order it, unless you have done it already. Mercedes-Benz will reportedly ask $2.6 million for each Project One produced with the entire run of 275 units already being pre-ordered.
Given the Project One’s current status as a near-production prototype, don’t expect to see it on the road until 2019, when first deliveries will commence.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG Project One by Jan Peisert Design
Frankfurt/Affalterbach. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: the two-seater supersports showcar for the first time brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road. This highperformance hybrid has an output of over 1000 hp and a top speed exceeding 350 km/h. The showcar combines outstanding racetrack performance with day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology and exemplary efficiency.