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Mercedes-AMG Project One 2019 revealed in Frankfurt

Justin Hilliard
GoAutoMedia

12 Sep 2017 • 4 min read

Mercedes-AMG has delivered on its promise to bring ''fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the racetrack to the road'', with the overnight reveal in Frankfurt of the Project One hypercar that sprints from zero to 200km/h in under six seconds.

Motivated by a 'EQ Power+' plug-in hybrid set-up, the Project One combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with four electric motors for a total system output of more than 740kW – making it the most powerful road-going Mercedes model yet.

Lifted directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racecar, the powertrain is boosted by two 120kW electric motors powering the front wheels, a 90kW unit installed on the crankshaft and a 120kW electric motor integrated into the turbocharger.

This combination creates a '4Matic+' all-wheel-drive set-up with torque vectoring, as the front axle is electrically powered (240kW), while the rear end is propelled by the petrol/electric hybrid system (500+kW).

Exclusively mated to an eight-speed 'AMG Speedshift' automated manual transmission, the Project One has a top speed of more than 350km/h, as well as a pure electric driving range of 25km.

The V6 powerplant is mounted in front of the rear axle, giving the hypercar a mid-engined layout, while engine speeds can reach up to 11,000rpm, which falls short of the Formula 1 racecar's 15,000rpm rev limit in order to maximise longevity.

The high-voltage, lithium-ion battery pack and DC/DC convertor are located in the vehicle floor behind the front axle, with the latter responsible for supporting and charging the 12-volt electrical system.

Several driving modes are on offer, ranging from pure electric to ''a highly dynamic mode, which corresponds to a setting used in Formula 1 qualifying for optimum lap times,'' according to Mercedes-AMG.

Safety features include three-stage electronic stability control (ESC) – 'On', 'Sport Handling Mode' and 'Off' – and anti-lock braking (ABS) systems.

A lightweight, high-strength carbon-fibre monocoque body is employed, while the front and rear suspension is a multi-link design with adjustable coil-over dampers.

Rolling on staggered 10-spoke alloys wheels with centre locks and radial carbon-fibre semi-covers, the Project One has 19- and 20-inch rims at the front (285/35) and rear (335/30) respectively, all wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Tucked behind the hoops are carbon-ceramic brakes with gold-painted callipers.

Tucked behind the 19 and 20-inch alloys are carbon-ceramic brakes with gold-painted callipers. Tucked behind the 19 and 20-inch alloys are carbon-ceramic brakes with gold-painted callipers.

Externally, the large front apron's trapezoidal centre section is highlighted by a white 'AMG' logo and flanked by prominent air inlets alongside the German brand's signature silver-coloured A-wing, while LED headlights also make an appearance.

An active front splitter and ventilation louvres in the front wheel arches cap off the front-end's aerodynamically influenced design, while the side doors open both forwards and upwards.

The roofline is dominated by a Formula 1-derived black air intake, which transitions into a vertical shark fin that improves lateral stability when cornering at high speed.

Meanwhile, the rear-end's dramatic look is characterised by a two-section diffuser with a large central exhaust tailpipe and two smaller apertures – again adopted from Formula 1 racecars.

Inside, a minimalistic approach has been taken to the two-seat cockpit, which features the bare essentials, such as a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-inch 'Comand' multimedia system, air conditioning, power windows, keyless start, carbon-fibre trim, microfibre/Nappa leather seats, Formula 1-style steering wheel and a camera system in place of a traditional rear-view mirror.

Inside, there is an Formula 1-style steering wheel and a camera system in place of a traditional rear-view mirror. Inside, there is an Formula 1-style steering wheel and a camera system in place of a traditional rear-view mirror.

The Project One will remain under development until its production run in 2019, with the Frankfurt show car providing a glimpse of the hypercar in its final form.

Mercedes-AMG Australia has already confirmed eight examples of the Project One – limited to 275 units globally – will make their way Down Under, with each expected to attract a multi-million dollar pricetag.

Has Mercedes-AMG hit it out of the park with the Project One? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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