The Affalterbach division is turning 50 years old but it seems the cake and presents are for the fans – detailing the amazing Formula One-inspired Project One hypercar.
We’ve had numerous headlines with the upcoming Project One, destined to go hand in hand with the Aston Martin Red Bull Valkyrie that will take the banner from the current hybrid hypercar trio – Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. AMG’s 50th anniversary festivities are surely a time of wonder, but having such extensive details released just around the 24-hour Nürburgring endurance race is an incredible treat indeed.
The powertrain uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine sourced with modifications from Lewis Hamilton’s 2015 Formula 1 car, and comes with a unique crankshaft, new pistons, and overhauled electronics for the road – and again Tobias Moers, AMG’s boss, added it will require a rebuild every 50,000 kilometers. No wonder, since it idles at approximately 4,000 rpm and has a redline that graces the owner with 13,500 rpm! It will also be coupled to two electric motors, one with 107 horsepower (80 kilowatts) that only has the task of keeping the turbocharger spooled up – while the other has 161 hp (120 kW) and is linked directly to the crankshaft. In addition, another pair of electric motors will sit up front to power the front wheels and even the entire car for up to 15 miles (24 kilometers). 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of batteries sit in the center and they come directly from the F1 car. But Mercedes-AMG says there are four times more cells in the hypercar than inside the title-winning Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid.
Total weight has not been disclosed, but the entire drivetrain tips the scales at 925 lbs (420 kg) – and both the engine and gearbox will be a structural part of the chassis, which is a carbon fiber build. With five motors, the Project One will have a combined output of more than 1,000 horsepower and will make use of a single-clutch, eight-speed transmission. Mercedes-AMG’s engineers opted for carbon ceramic brakes and the Project One is limited to a mere 275 units – all pre-sold at an unknown price point and with deliveries starting by the end of 2020.