Mercedes-AMG Project One: 1000 horsepower, 217 miles per hour

Mercedes-AMG Project One: 1000 horsepower, 217 miles per hour

Mercedes-AMG Project One: 1000 horsepower, 217 miles per hour

The Project ONE was driven onto a stage on Monday night by F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who climbed out of a slightly wonky lift-up door, suggesting the show vehicle was a hand-built prototype.

As we expected the actual specs of the vehicle are ridiculous: Mercedes says the Project One can produce over 1000hp, and a top speed over 350km/h. The Mercedes-AMG Project One gets a 1.6-litre V6 electrically assisted direct injection petrol powerplant that has been derived from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing auto. Turbocharged V6 engines may have muted the F1 field on race day, but it seems safe to predict the Project One won't exactly be subtle-sounding. All This is made possible by not just the already powerful Mercedes engine, but with the aid that it receives with two 160 bhp electric motors holding the potential to run at 50,000 rpm and drive the front wheels independently. More information will surely be presented later this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. When operating at full tilt, the Project ONE can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds and will reach a top speed of 217mph. But while most hypercars have one or two electric motors, this one has four, borrowing directly from the W08 F1 auto. The AMG team in Affalterbach transfers motorsport performance to the road. From whichever angle you look at it, you know that Mercedes-AMG has done a remarkable job in capturing the essence of a F1-racer and transplanted that into the DNA of the Project ONE.

Mercedes-AMG works as an enhancement partnership focused on performance.

With assistance from four electric motors, the auto is said to be able to accelerate to 100km/h in under three seconds and reach 200km/h in less than six seconds.

Starting off with its exterior, the mid-engine Project One blends muscular proportions, long flowing lines and a low, aggressive stance.

The hypercar model will mark AMG's 50th-anniversary celebration.

Inside, the Project One provides seating for two in what Moers describes as a "highly functional" interior that borrows its digital instruments and LED-illuminated steering wheel from the cockpit of the W08 race vehicle. The two sides of the turbo are connected by a shaft, which itself is equipped with a 121 horsepower electric motor capable of powering the compressor in case there isn't enough boost coming from the exhaust gasses.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automated manual transmission which has been developed specifically for the Project One.

"Suspension comes by way of multi-links front and back, with adjustable coil-over with push-rod spring struts, the brakes are carbon ceramic and the wheels are 19" at the front and 20" at the back.

Moers is confident owners of the AMG hypercar will enjoy driving it, contending you won't have to be a superstar driver to handle its prodigious reserves or lightning acceleration. Ferrari's hypercar comes with 6.3-litre V12 and hybrid (with no plug-in system) producing a combined 963hp. The doors open forwards and backwards.

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