We’re pretty certain the most important premiere of the upcoming 2017 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show is going to be located at the Mercedes-AMG stand, where the make is going to present a near-production prototype of the Project One.
We’re just days away from that event and Mercedes has decided to entice us with – what may hopefully be the final teaser for the extravagant model. The company is claiming we’re dealing with a “two-seater supersports showcar” and this means the Project One will be subjected to some modifications before actually reaching its intended customers, just like it happened with the Red Bull Aston Martin Valkyrie since the moment of the first online introduction. The supercar should be a cross between a Le Mans prototype and a Formula One car, taking the latter’s engine almost directly, along with the hybrid system and the electronics.
With the teaser depicting a roof scoop, we might have the aerodynamics and air flow optimizations coming almost straight from the world’s most advanced motorsport category – so we shouldn’t be too surprised if we see some gills and small wings all over the place. Motivation for the Project One comes in the form of a 1.6-liter turbo V6 with hybrid assistance, derived from Mercedes-AMG’s 2015 W06 Hybrid Formula One ca – Mercedes promises reliability for 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) before a complete rebuild, along with rev limit of more than 10,000 rpm and a total output of “over 1000 horsepower.”