Mercedes-AMG Project One Takes F1 Onto the Streets

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"The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is the hottest and coolest vehicle we have ever designed".

Auto Express has reported most Project One cars have already been allocated, while Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers called it "the most efficient hypercar you can get". We thought this was nothing more than a form of speech used to create hype but we were wrong.

The hypercar pumps out 1,000 horsepower and has a top speed of 217 miles per hour using a 1.6 liter V6 gas engine and four electric motors. The vehicle is mid-engined (ahead of the rear axle) and it can easily reach speeds of 11,000 rpm, which is now unique for a roadgoing vehicle. On a road long enough, AMG suggests a V-max beyond 350km/h.

This isn't a vehicle fitted with an F1-derived powertrain like the 1990s-era Ferrari F50. The entire powertrain is paired to an AMG eight-speed automatic transmission.

Active aerodynamic aids, too, are critical to the Project One's quest for F1-like performance. Turbocharged V6 engines may have muted the F1 field on race day, but it seems safe to predict the Project One won't exactly be subtle-sounding.

Unlike an F1 auto, the hypercar is all-wheel-drive, with torque vectoring helping to translate all that power in a direction of the driver's choosing. The steering column is adjustable, as are the seat backrests - they're not fixed buckets, or not as standard, at least.

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The massive shark fin obscures vision from inside the cabin, but a roof-mounted camera displays the rear view on a screen in place of a mirror.

There are two LED monitors, one in the centre stack and one in front of the driver.

Mercedes-AMG claims this will be a auto that is driveable everyday, and to that end has included two compartments for storage inside the cabin behind the seats, an air conditioning system, power windows, and a version of its COMAND infotainment system. The electrical system also runs at 800 volts, which Mercedes says is double the usual voltage of its plug-in cars. The mystery has finally been revealed and it's one heck of a scary looking beast indeed.

A mere 275 units of the new flagship will be built, with pricing to come in at around $2 million - or about the price of a two-bedroom apartment in Sydney.

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