Project One: The Mercedes-AMG F1 car for the road
Earlier this year, Mercedes-AMG introduced Project One, its new supercar powered by a V6 turbo hybrid engine initially developed for its Formula 1 team.
Although exact technical details on the project remain scarce, the manufacturer did indicate at its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September that the output from the engine would produce over 1,000hp and a top speed of over 350 km/h.
According to AMG, the car will go from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 6 seconds, a stat that would outperform the Bugatti Chiron that claims to achieve this in 6.5 seconds.
Amongst the long list of innovations that Mercedes plans to implement in its Project One, is its turbo engine, which has a set of two 160hp electric motors that independently drive each front wheel, creating a zero-emission EV mode when operated as a front-wheel drive sports car.
Yet to be given an official name, 275 units of Project One are set to be built in one batch, which may be assembled in the UK according to AMG boss, Tobias Moers. The base price for the model is expected to come in at near €3 million.
"The most interesting thing is that Formula 1 is helping road cars now." Moers told the Telegraph. "Electric driven turbochargers will be seen more on high performance road cars after 2020. So doing a car like this is an education."
The total 275 cars set to be made will be divided up amongst various regions for sales and the manufacturer already claims to have over 1,000 interested parties in acquiring a Project One. "It will be mandatory to have a driving course, which we will do in a handover." added Moers.