The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Hypercar Concept arrives at Frankfurt with a 1,000 hp combination of F1 V6 hybrid electric power for the road.
This isn’t a car with a powertrain derived from Mercedes’ F1 cars, but is, pretty much, the self-same 1.6 litre V6 hybrid powertrain Lewis Hamilton has been blatting around the world’s F1 tracks.
The main difference is the addition of a pair of electric motors at the front – one on each wheel – for front axle drive, with the F1 split turbo V6 revving to 11,000rpm, aided by an electric motor, driving power to the back end. There’s also an extra electric motor integrated in the turbo.
The Project ONE’s batteries live at the front and can hold enough power for a bit of pure EV running (10-15 miles) and the gearbox is an automated manual.
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.
Mercedes are being a little coy on the car’s performance, but they do confirm it will hit 217mph and get to 124mph in under 6.0 seconds. So it’s lively.
Visually, the AMG Project One looks like the secret love child of a current F1 car and a Le Mans special, with huge air intakes up front, carbon fibre aerodynamic flaps down the side, a huge rear diffuser and spoiler at the back, and an air scoop on the roof.
Inside it’s more business than luxury, with deep bucket seats, square steering wheel with F1 controls and a pair of 10″ screens feeding information. It’s functional – “Formula One For Two’ say Mercedes.
For now, the AMG Project ONE is just a Concept, but much of what’s on show at Frankfurt will carry over to the production car we should see in a year or so’s time.