1000-Horsepower Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Hypercar Unveiled

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The Mercedes-AMG Project One gets a 1.6-litre V6 electrically assisted direct injection petrol powerplant that has been derived from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle.

The auto also has Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel drive system for added traction.

The Project One gets its speed from a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 1.6L V6 engine and four electric motors. For the sake of longevity and because racing fuel isn't generally available at your local Shell, the V6 doesn't quite manage the 15,000rpm limits usually used on contemporary F1 cars, but it will still spin to 11,000rpm.

Welcome to the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a hypercar that has been designed for the road with technologies transferred from F1 racing.

Mercedes put their one foot forward in modern automotive technology when they unveiled the long-awaited Project One hybrid hypercar concept. "The Project One team is working hard on successfully bringing this vision onto the road", it added. "Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit", Mercedes-Benz chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

Starting off with its exterior, the mid-engine Project One blends muscular proportions, long flowing lines and a low, aggressive stance. In total the drive unit can produce more than 1,000 horsepower.

Expect performance to be commensurate with its price: 0-124mph (0-200km/h) should take less than six seconds and top speed is (presumably limited) to about 217mph (350km/h). All 275 production Mercedes-AMG Project Ones have been spoken for. Use a bit more throttle and the V6 will fire up automatically.

Interestingly, the shaft that connects the exhaust and turbine wheels of the turbocharger is assisted by an electric motor that produces 90kW alone.

Inside is configured for two, with occupants located in place by carbonfibre seats that are incorporated into the car's monocoque construction.

The massive shark fin obscures vision from inside the cabin, but a roof-mounted camera displays the rear view on a screen in place of a mirror.

Altogether, the combined output of the Project One is more than 1000hp, most of which is sent to the rear-wheels via a newly developed hydraulically operated eight-speed automated gearbox with remote steering- wheel-mounted shift paddles. The Project One has 20-inch aluminium wheels at the rear and 19-inch wheels at the front, while the brakes are ceramic for maximum efficacy. At the front, an array of air inlets dominate the Project One along with flat LED headlights.

"Project ONE raises the bar in terms of what is now technologically feasible and, thanks to its combination of efficiency and performance, it represents an absolute benchmark". The vehicle does have basic amenities like air conditioning and electric windows and Mercedes does claim you can actually drive it on a daily basis.

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