Mercedes Project One, the Formula 1 inspired hypercar built by the German car giant, featuring aa 1,000bhp powertrain has been revealed.
Mercedes-AMG Project One powertrain has been revealed ahead of its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It is a massive powertrain which will have a bhp output the exceeds 1,000bhp.
The complex system is inspired Mercedes Formula 1 cars and has additional electric motors mounted to the front wheels.
One 80kW motor to keep the turbo spooled at all times, a 120kW motor attached to the crankshaft and two 120kW motors mounted to the front axle. This system allows fully-electric front-wheel driving for 24km.
From the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine drivers will attain 11,000 RPM, which is just a 2,500 down on F1 engines.
The drivetrain weighs 420kg and is bolted on to an eight-speed single-clutch transmissions and carbon ceramic brakes. Mercedes claim the powertrain also has a thermal efficiency of 40 per cent.
It is based on the same engine that powered Lewis Hamilton to the 2015 World Driver’s Championship. To buy one of these car, it would cost you north of €2.5 million and the car is scheduled to go on sale in 2019.
In the end, the Project One will be a slightly de-tuned road-legal Formula One car.
Ola Källenius, Mercedes sales and marketing boss told Auto Express: “We have started development on this car and what is going to be absolutely unique about it, which nobody has ever done and very are capable of doing, we are going to take the F1 powertrain and put it in a road car.”
“As we said in the past, as soon as AMG steps into a new segment we have a very clear expectation. Our target is to have the most efficient, not necessarily the most powerful, hypercar on the market with outstanding driving capability,” he added.