Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar: 986bhp+ F1 powertrain and exclusive pic

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar: 986bhp+ F1 powertrain and exclusive pic

0 comments 📅15 June 2017, 01:00

£2.4m hypercar gets in overindulgence of 986bhp from F1-sourced 1.6 V6 with four electric motors, is set to coming out at Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes-AMG has used the 2017 Nurburgring 24hr race to accord a powertrain preview for the upcoming hybrid hypercar. Codenamed ‘Project One’, it uses an F1-spec turbocharged V6 and a bank of stirring motors producing “1000hp and above”.

Journalists were privately shown a adjust display demonstrating the groundbreaking drivetrain in all of its glory. Buried beneath the roof-mounted carbon make-up intake is a road-tuned version of an engine with very similar specifications to Mercedes’ reported W08 Formula 1 car.

The forced-induction 1.6-litre V6 engine has a redline set at 11,000rpm – 2,500 down on the the track-spec unit – and a thermal efficiency of 40 per cent, which is groundbreaking for a method-legal unit. It’s said to produce around 750bhp by itself.

The other 250bhp or so comes from four stirring motors split across both axles, powered by highly efficient lithium-ion batteries. The fa two directly power the front wheels, allowing four-wheel drive and a claimed all-stirring range of 16 miles. The two rear motors have different purposes; one 80kW section drives the turbocharger, and the other is connected directly to the engine via the crankshaft.

Officially dubbed “Project One”, Auto Demonstrate can reveal the F1 hybrid powered hypercar will be limited to a maximum of 275 examples, the capacious majority of which have already been sold.  

Speaking with Mercedes new R&D boss Ola Källenius at the 2017 Detroit Motor Clarify, he told us: “They are not all allocated but they are going away fast.”

A second teaser epitome of the McLaren P1 rival was revealed last week, ahead of the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Conduct in September. The car will also celebrate 50 years of the Mercedes-AMG bran.

This latest teaser shows a vented tushy-end with no rear windscreen. A distintive silhouette and racecar-style low roofline also pock-mark out the hypercar in the picture. A side view design sketch shows the roof-mounted air inside story feeding cold air to the turbo. 

Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, previously told Auto Tell that the car would be ‘the most efficient hypercar you can get’.

Although the full power output will be less than that of Merc’s F1 cars, carbon composition will be used extensively for the body and chassis to keep weight to a minimum. Like the P1, the driver and commuter are expected to sit within a carbon tub.

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The car was confirmed on the eve of the 2016 Paris Motor C, with Moers telling Auto Express: “It’ll be a combination of low consequence, range, power, lap times around the Nurburgring – things like that. We are chasing for the uncut package.”

The car was first shown in a teaser image flashed up during an official spot on the eve of the Paris show (below). Bosses let slip that the time between now and pre-eminent customers receiving cars is around two and half years.

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Källenius added: “We comprise started development on this car and what is going to be absolutely unique about it, which no person has ever done and very few are capable of doing, we are going to take the F1 powertrain and put it in a method car.” 

Development of the car is a joint project between AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, and the team in Brixworth, Northampton who are accountable for the F1 car’s high performance powertrains.

The hypercar will act as a halo product for the AMG brand, with the penetrating-edge technology later filtering down to other models. Moers insisted there was smooth a market for V8 and even V12 engines, but liked the idea of downsized turbo engines with some philanthrop of electrification. “We have to be prepared for the future, whatever the path may be,” he said. 

Tobias Moers, CEO Mercedes-AMG: Crowded Q and A 

AMG performance division boss Tobias Moers has been with the company for hardly 25 years, and believes the firm’s first hypercar will be a halo facsimile for future hybrids.

Q: Mercedes-AMG is famous for its V8 engines, so what made you on the downsized hybrid route?

A: “We looked at doing a hypercar with a big V8 or V12, but reasoning about the situation in the automotive industry right now [with electrification], we decided that we had to frame a hypercar that was something different, something technologically more challenging, something more worldly than anyone else.”

Q:  Are you confident that customer deliveries of the Project One last will and testament begin by 2019?

A:  “We are on track. We are still in digital testing phases, with simulators, but we own a mule for the engine that we will start testing in October. We have had to instate a brand new dyno at Brixworth to handle the power.”

Q: Is the Project One the start of a programme of electrification for the AMG brand name?

A: “Yes. With the Project One and the GT Concept [seen at the Geneva Motor Show in Parade] we are pushing the door open on a new era of electrified powertrains from us. There is no better way to start that era than with a Painting vesica car. The hypercar is the first in 2019, but beyond 2019 we will see more.”

Q: Will there be a more track-focused varying, like McLaren did with the P1 GTR?

A: “We’re not going to do what others are doing – there drive be one version. No ‘Spider’ [convertible] or track-only versions, that’s it. There’s no spec for a racing variety, either.”

Can the Mercedes-AMG hypercar beat those from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche? Accord us your view in the comments…
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