In case you still can’t quite fathom a road car inspired by – and using – Formula One technology, Mercedes-AMG has a neat video explaining the design endeavors it had when coming up with the Project One.
Virtually every piece of the Project One has been inspired by the crazy world of F1, and needless to say, we have a good example of how form follows function. The video also shows the complicated task of penning the right design for the car – with Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, and Mercedes-AMG, and Robert Lesnik, director exterior design, being the appropriate designated hosts. They are backed by Hartmut Sinkwitz, interior design director, who reveals that most of the materials from inside are also taken from the world of motorsport, including the carbon fiber and the microfiber fabrics.
The “form follows function” philosophy is dubbed here “no styling, first of all function,” as he explains – the Project One first and foremost having to serve the person behind the wheel when honing the hybrid Formula 1-inspired powertrain, which arrives with more than 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts) and allows for a very impressive performance – not to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 2.7 seconds.