12 September, 2017
Sure, we are actually just minutes away from the official reveal of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, but thanks to the embargo breach of the Germans from Bild we can give you the first five photos of the model.
Despite the Project One vehicle technically being a concept, AMG says the show auto is previewing an upcoming production auto. Meanwhile, the transmission is an 8-speed automated manual.
The combustion engine will be a F1-spec 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 that is said to produce around 750hp with an 11,000rpm redline.
The high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE comes directly from Formula 1, and was realized in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth. This is a world first marriage for a production auto, the development work was carried out with the F1 experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth along with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team in Brackley.
Power for the Project One ultimately flows through an automated eight-speed manual transmission specifically developed for the vehicle. Two drive the front wheels, then there's a further 120kW one attached to the V6 engine's crank, and an 80kW one is fitted within the turbocharger itself.
The lithium-ion battery pack cells, how they are arranged and the system used to cool them are the same as found in the Mercedes Formula 1 vehicle, but the Project ONE boasts far more cells to unlock an all-electric driving mode - the firm claims you'll be able to drive around 15 and a half miles on battery power alone. Although it likely doesn't appeal to anyone purchasing the Project One, the hypercar will be capable of travelling up to 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) on electric power alone.More news: Huskers fall to Ducks despite big second half
Few will be able to afford a Project One, but its styling should make it something of a poster child for enthusiasts. The entire body is a carbon-fibre monocoque.
"The hypercar is the most ambitious project we have every undertaken".
Upward-opening doors, a vast central exhaust pipe and neatly integrated LED headlights are among other exterior highlights. The wheels consist of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear pairs, shod with 285/35- and 335/30-size Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, respectively.
Unlike an F1 auto, the hypercar is all-wheel-drive, with torque vectoring helping to translate all that power in a direction of the driver's choosing.
The massive shark fin obscures vision from inside the cabin, but a roof-mounted camera displays the rear view on a screen in place of a mirror.
The steering wheel is also noteworthy. It also features an infotainment system with the Mercedes COMMAND control panel. This last item will likely call up maximum power from the engine and motors for short periods of time.