Mercedes-AMG Project One shows its caboose to the competition

Mercedes-AMG Project One shows its caboose to the competition

Mercedes-AMG Project One shows its caboose to the competition

Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance auto division has joined the exclusive ranks of high-end hypercar manufacturers with the unveiling of a spectacular new 992bhp-plus coupé known under the working title Project One.

"Day-to-day Formula 1 hybrid technology" is one of the catchphrases from the official release though and confirms Moers' stated intent that, for all its extreme performance, the Project One will be a viable road vehicle.

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is a hybrid that tops out at 217 miles per hour. One is linked to the crankshaft, while the other two live on the front axle - one for each wheel. But all that power does do a number on the battery.

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar with a total power output of 1,020PS will be powered by 1.6 liters turbocharged V-6.

Mercedes refuses to disclose the names of local customers, but trucking magnate and vehicle enthusiast Lindsay Fox is understood to be among the lucky few to have secured one given his appetite for supercars.

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How powerful is the AMG hypercar?

As for the electric motors, one is integrated into the turbo, another sits on the petrol engine and the remaining two are mounted on the front axle to complete the all-wheel-drive system. The one that really stood out though was the AMG auto. Yes, they had to water it down a little, but it's still savage for a road vehicle. Of these the P1's 6.8 seconds is the fastest on the boards, that the Project One could conceivably slash a second off that giving some sense of its potential. The steering wheel, as with Formula One, is where a driver controls numerous vehicle's key performance functions. "We are drawing on our experience from three constructors' and drivers' world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time", says Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche. Pneumatic valves replace conventional springs to avoid valve float, and an electric turbocharger feeds it with "more than 40 percent thermal efficiency". That starts with a modified version of the Formula One Series' Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, that will provide "more than" 1,000 horsepower when the hypercar hits the street in another couple years. While sparse, the interior features two high-resolution 10-inch displays as well as a third screen acting as a rear view mirror. The fully electrically driven front axle allows individual acceleration and braking of each front wheel, and therefore selective torque distribution (torque vectoring) for particularly high levels of vehicle dynamics.

Not so the 1,000hp-plus Project One. Each is connected to a front wheel via a reduction gear.

AMG also developed a new hydraulically-operated eight-speed paddle-shift manual transmission for the Project One.

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