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Mercedes-AMG unveils Project One hypercar, a 1000hp F1 car for the road

By Kenny Yeo - on 12 Sep 2017, 10:34am

Mercedes-AMG unveils Project One hypercar, a 1000hp F1 car for the road

(Image source: Mercedes-AMG)

You are looking at the Mercedes-AMG Project One. It is Mercedes-AMG's first crack at the ultra-exclusive hypercar market and it is totally bonkers.

The Project One will come with a tiny 1.6-liter V6  turbo engine. But don't be fooled, this isn't any 1.6-liter V6 turbo, it is the same unit that is powering Lewis Hamilton's 2017 F1 car, who, incidentally, is leading the F1 standings (at the time of writing).

It has been slightly de-tuned for increased reliability, but it will still rev to a stratospheric 11,000rpm and will produce over 700hp.

(Image source: Mercedes-AMG)

Coupled with two 160hp electric motors driving the front wheels, another 160hp electric motor driving the crankshaft, and yet another electric motor integrated into the turbo to reduce lag, the Project One's total power output is said to be in excess of 1000hp.

The Project One is also very light. The entire body is made out of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials like titanium. 

(Image source: Mercedes-AMG)

Performance is, as you would expect, ballistic. Mercedes-AMG hasn't given concrete figures because the car is still undergoing further tests and refinements, but it says top speed is beyond 350km/h.

More amazingly, it says the Project One can get to 200km/h in under 6 seconds. For comparison, the 1,479hp Bugatti Chiron takes 6.5 seconds to hit 200km/h. Wow.

(Image source: Mercedes-AMG)

But the number that dwarfs them all is the price. A cool €2.275 million (S$3.67 million). But despite the astronomical price tag, the company says all 275 units that it plans to produce have already found owners.

Source: Top Gear