Mercedes-AMG Unveil Limited Edition Project One Hypercar
Mercedes-AMG are set to launch their stunning new hybrid hypercar dubbed ‘Project One’ at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The F1 hybrid powered car will be restricted to just 275 models meaning demand will be soaring ahead of its release.
Project One is set to go on sale for around £2.4 million and will boast upwards of 986hp. This exceptional level of power is sourced from an F1 car’s 1.6 litre V6 engine that also boasts four electric motors. Mercedes-AMG used this year’s 24hr race at the Nurburgring as a tester for the engine which has potential to exceed 1000bhp. The German manufacturer has reduced RPM to 11,000 - 2,500 down from race tuning - to make it more suitable for road driving. The 1.6 litre V6 engine is capable of producing 750bhp on its own with the four additional electric motors making up the remaining 250bhp. Two of the four electric motors are powered through the front axle which allows for four-wheel drive and even claims an all-electric range of 16 miles.
The car’s official launch will coincide with Mercedes-AMG’s 50 year anniversary. The latest teaser image showcases Project One’s unique silhouette and racecar body that accentuates its hypercar status.
Mercedes-AMG are set to equip the hybrid with an abundance of carbon fibre components that will keep weight to a minimum, and just like the P1, the driver and passenger will sit within a carbon tub.
The German giants have kept tight-lipped on official timescales expected for launch but it’s rumoured that the Project One hypercar will hit showrooms within two and a half years. Order books are quickly filling up ahead of its release, and due to the scarce number available, it is highly likely the remaining models will be scooped up in the coming months.
Mercedes’ Research and Development boss Ola Kallenius announced that: ‘We have started development on the car and what is going to be absolutely unique about it, which nobody has ever done and very few are capable of doing, we are going to take the F1 powertrain and put it in a road car.’
Mercedes-AMG are working closely from their respective bases in Northampton, England and Affalterbach, Germany. Designs are being worked on across in Germany whilst Mercedes F1’s Northampton base will see extensive engineering work done on their cutting-edge powertrain.
Keep your eyes peeled on all the latest coming out of Mercedes-AMG ahead of its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. To register your interest or hear more, get in touch with the Sinclair Mercedes team today.