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Mercedes-AMG Project One debuts in Frankfurt

Mercedes-AMG Project One debuts in Frankfurt

Mercedes-AMG have released one final teaser of the AMG Project One hypercar ahead of its big debut on Monday. The Mercedes-AMG Project One truly has an F1 heart beating in its carbonfibre chest.

A 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine is fitted and comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing auto. To allow for the stratospheric maximum engine speed of 11,000rpm, the four overhead cams are gear driven and the valvetrain uses pneumatics rather than conventional springs.

The engine is supplemented by two further electric motors, one on each front wheel, and are rated for 120kW each.

KERS-style energy recovery features on the front wheel motors, too.When coasting off-throttle, the system switches back to electric drive on the front axle to recuperate energy, fed back into the batteries.

This is really insane for a product road-legal vehicle and it doesn't help knowing that the Project One's shape will be greatly inspired by pure F1 cars.

Project One's combined system output is quoted as in excess of 740kW.

Daimler R&D boss Ola Källenius added: "The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the first Formula One vehicle with MOT approval". On a road long enough, AMG suggests a V-max beyond 350km/h. These drive the vehicle through an eight-speed gearbox, complete with manual and automatic modes. The gearbox is electromechanically/hydraulically automated or can be shifted using the steering wheel paddles.

Active aerodynamic aids, too, are critical to the Project One's quest for F1-like performance. Each is connected to a front wheel via a reduction gear.

AMG's engineers admit they could have made the R faster still. 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. While sparse, the interior features two high-resolution 10-inch displays as well as a third screen acting as a rear view mirror.

Born from F1's current engine regulations, the auto is also incredibly efficient, with Mercedes boasting a thermal efficiency figure of over 40 percent - an unprecedented number for any internal combustion engine on the road.

Mercedes-AMG claims this will be a auto that is driveable everyday, and to that end has included two compartments for storage inside the cabin behind the seats, an air conditioning system, power windows, and a version of its COMAND infotainment system.

And while the Project One may draw from Formula One, the overall look is more like that of a Le Mans prototype.

Sadly, AMG plans to build just 275 examples, and all build slots have been sold.

The local arm of Mercedes-Benz has confirmed nine examples are allocated to Australia and New Zealand.


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