It has often been said that motorsport improves the breed. Don’t believe us? Then why not check out the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
The newest hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, which was unveiled at the ongoing Frankfurt International Motor Show, uses a host of Formula 1 bits to give it a sporty character like no other The engine, for instance, is an F1-derived 1.6-liter rear-mounted V6 that can rev up to 11,000rpm. Thanks to pneumatic valves and other electronic aids, the engine can reach such insane speeds without breaking down.
The smallish yet potent motor is supplemented by electric motors powering front and rear axles. Al these course the more than 1,000hp to the drive wheels via 8-speed automated manual gearbox. Yes, you read that right: 1,000+ horses. This allows the Project One to blast from 0-200kph (yes, 100kph is so 21st century) in under 6 seconds before hitting a 350kph top speed.
Keeping the Project One shiny side-up are pushrod springs, again taken from motorsport. These are complemented by 19x10-inch wheels up front and 20x12-inchers at the rear, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Just like the drivetrain, the body and cabin also take their cue from F1. The low and wide body with its dramatically rising fenders and stunning taillights is made entirely of carbon fiber monocoque. The wheels, meanwhile, are pushed as far out to each corner as possible. And the car is as low and flat as can be for the ultimate aerodynamic efficiency.
While this is a Mercedes, take note that it is of the /AMG variety. This means the cabin, though spartan, is all business. The F1-style steering wheel is joined by a digital instrument cluster and a secondary display to show other vital functions. One does get an adjustable steering wheel and pedals.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One will have a limited production run of just 275 copies.