The Mercedes-AMG Project One will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The two‑seater supersports car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road for the first time. This high-performance hybrid has an output of over 1000 hp and a top speed exceeding 350 km/h. It combines outstanding racetrack performance with day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology and exemplary efficiency. The Project one will get it petrol powered “road-adapted” version of the 1.6-litre V6 used in the Mercedes W08 EQ Power Plus Formula One car, assisted by the MGU-K and MGU-H motor generator units, which adds the ‘green’ part of it. It will also get its transmission from a Formula One car although it will make it to the cockpit through an automated manual setup. Only 275 units of the Project One will ever be made, and it will hit showrooms in 2018.
Mercedes-AMG has said that the Lithium ion batteries will be placed low and towards the front, to bring down the center of gravity and balance out the weight at the back. The target weight is 1300 kg and is expected to put out 1014 hp at the crank.
The Project One will cross into the hyper car territory, going up against the Mclaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari – or perhaps it’ll be quicker, but that’s just guess work so far. Like the P1, the Project One will have an electric range of only 30kms.