The Mercedes-AMG ‘Project One’ hypercar makes its world première at the International Motor Show 2017 (IAA) in Frankfurt. The two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, Formula One hybrid technology from the race track to the road. This high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1,000 hp and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h (217 mph). For the first time a hypercar combines outstanding race track performance and day-to-day suitable Formula One hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency. The German-automaker’s development work was carried out in close cooperation with F1 experts at Mercedes-AMG.
The plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG ‘Project One’ comes directly from Formula One, and was realized in cooperation with the motorsport experts of high-performance powertrains. It consists of a highly integrated and intelligently networked unit comprising one hybrid, turbocharged combustion engine with a total of four electric motors. One has been integrated into the turbocharger, another has been installed directly on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase and the two remaining motors drive the front wheels. The 1.6 liter v6 hybrid petrol engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG petronas formula one racing car. The hypercar is mid-engined, and it can easily reach speeds of 11,000 rpm, which is currently unique for a roadgoing vehicle. Power is transferred to the rear wheels by an eight-speed manual transmission that is activated hydraulically and can be operated in automated mode, or manually using the shift paddles.
The design of the show car is influenced by the premium class in motorsport, embodying the Mercedes-AMG principle that fascination is always linked with function. The result is a mid-engine concept, extremely muscular proportions with the cockpit well forward, large wheel arches, a wasp waist and an extended rear end. The front view is characterized by the large front apron, the various air inlets of which extend across the entire vehicle width. the trapezoidal centre section bears a large, white AMG logo. The hallmark AMG A-wing below the centre section creates a silver-colored highlight, and seamlessly transitions into the front wings. On the left and right are prominent air inlets which are framed by U-shaped flaps and each subdivided by two black horizontal fins. flat led headlamps blend seamlessly into the body contours.
The interior design concept follows function on the racetrack, and this is expressed in the radical design idiom. Every detail has a function, with nothing included merely for visual reasons. In the monocoque interior, the reduced components are emphasized in minimalist style both in design and functional terms. The ergonomically contoured interior has room for two occupants. The bucket seats with adjustable backrests are integrated into the monocoque. The pedals and steering wheel are adjustable, allowing the driver to adopt the ideal driving position. The center tunnel visually separates the driver and passenger areas from each other. It blends fully into the seat sculpture and follows the principle of minimalism with its gently rising contour.
T he ‘Pproject One’ hypercar’s choice of colors and materials are influencedby the Mercedes-AMG ‘petronas’ formula one racing car. The sculptured racing seats are in slip-resistant black microfiber, creating an association with motor racing. The seat surfaces are interspersed with nappa leather in ‘magma’ grey and inlays in a sporty textile mesh which optimally assists the air circulation of the seats, while there is also yellow contrasting top-stitching.