The new Mercedes-AMG Project One is a road-legal Formula1 high-performance machine
The highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is here. The new hypercar has been built with the aim of making a road-legal F1 car. From the looks of it, Mercedes might have pulled it off.
The making talking point is, of course, the powertrain. The Project One gets a hybrid powertrain, just like company’s F1 car, with one combustion engine and four electric motors. Two electric motors power the front wheels while the combustion engine powers the rear wheels. There is one electric motor in the turbocharger and one on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase.t gets a 1.6-litre V6 engine boosted with an electric turbocharger.
The powertrain consists of a 1.6-litre V6 engine boosted with an electric turbocharger. The engine revs up to 11,000 rpm while the two electric motors powering the front wheels spin to 50,000 rpm. The other two electric motors make up the MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit Heat) and MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit Kinetic). Power is transferred via an 8-speed transmission.
The total power output is rated at more than 1000hp. 0-200 kph acceleration time is quoted at less than six seconds and the top speed is rated at more than 350 kph.
Mercedes has given a high priority to fuel efficiency as well. The MGU-H and MGU-K units improve the thermal efficiency. The car can run on electric power only for a short duration. It also switches to electric power while coasting.
The Project One comes with a Multi-link suspension with a special arrangement for the spring and damper unit to reduce roll during rapid direction changes. Handling is also improved with torque vectoring. The hypercar comes with ABS as standard and the traction control is AMG’s usual ESP system with three modes.
Stopping power is provided by high-performance carbon ceramic brakes. The car rides on 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels. The 10-spoke aluminium wheels, designed to improve aerodynamics, come with centre lock and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
On the inside, the driver is greeted by racing seats and a F1-inspired steering wheel with integrated controllers and an LED shift display. Mercedes has not forgotten practicality as well. The Project One comes with COMAND infotainment system, air conditioning, power windows and storage areas. The rear view mirror has been replaced by a screen showing real-time images.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One remains a concept as of now, but will soon be put into production.
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