We might be dealing with a curved ball here – and while the automaker is actually discussing the SLS AMG Electric Drive, the future references should be well pointing towards the Project One electrified hypercar.
Mercedes-Benz released a short video teaser for an upcoming Mercedes-AMG car that will be featured during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, referencing the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. And because it’s widely expected by everyone they unveil the production form – or at least the early prototype – of the Mercedes-AMG Formula One-inspired Project One, we can only imagine this is what’s being hinted. The F1-derived, electrified hypercar will come with up to 15 miles (24 km) of all-electric range, though we can all imagine the actual main reason for the electric motors’ existence is the power/performance boost.
The six-cylinder engine of the AMG Project One works with two electric motors – one developing 107 horsepower (80 kilowatts) used for keeping the turbocharger spooled up permanently and the second one rated at 161 hp (120 kW) that goes straight into the crankshaft. With the 552 kW, four-motor SLS AMG Electric Drive as a benchmark – and also with Lewis Hamilton included in the footage – we can expect the AMG Project One to blow everyone’s hat off.