If there was ever going to be a headline act here at the Frankfurt Motor Show it’s the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. A hypercar with an F1 engine that can be driven on the road, simple as that. The mystery has finally been revealed and it’s one heck of a scary looking beast indeed.
The two-seater hypercar or supersports car, take your pick, is simply phenomenal. It scores the same F1 hybrid technology from the race track and is a fitting tribute to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary. It features over 1000 hp, so around 740kW. This is a world first marriage for a production car, the development work was carried out with the F1 experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth along with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team in Brackley.
“Our highly efficient hybrid assembly stems from motor racing and the electrically powered front axle generates a fascinating mixture of performance and efficiency. With a system output of over 1000 hp and a top speed beyond 350 km/h this hypercar handles exactly as it looks: it takes your breath away”, Ola Källenius says, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars.
A 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine is fitted and comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car. All-wheel drive is achieved via two 120Kw electric motors but the rear wheels are driven by an 8-speed transmission. The 0-200km/h dash is said to take just 6.1 seconds and top out at 350 km/h. There’s also an electric range of 25 kilometres.
The show car is an extraordinary piece of automotive design. “The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is the hottest and coolest car we have ever designed. It combines our design philosophy of Sensual Purity with the performance of our Formula 1 racing cars and is the perfect embodiment of Performance Luxury,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “This hypercar’s extreme design marks a milestone in design ‑ there are no lines, and the interior is stripped down to the essentials.”
The price tag? Over $5 million Australian dollars, with eight set aside for the Australian market. Only 275 will be made, better get in quick after you win lotto or rob a bank. (Don’t do that).
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.