Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar to have 217mph+ top speed

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar to have 217mph+ top speed

0 comments 📅06 September 2017, 04:30

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

Mercedes-AMG has released another teaser for its close at hand Project One, showing a darkened image of its front end, while also confirming the hypercar wishes have a top speed in excess of 217mph.

The brand previously used the 2017 Nurburgring 24hr bed to provide a powertrain preview, revealing that an F1-spec turbocharged V6 and a bank of exciting motors will help it produce “1,000hp and above”.

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

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

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

Officially dubbed “Project One”, Auto Put into words can reveal the F1 hybrid powered hypercar will be limited to a maximum of 275 examples, the prodigious majority of which have already been sold, and our exclusive image (under) shows how it could look.  

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

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

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

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

Although the total power put out will be less than that of Merc’s F1 cars, carbon fibre wishes be used extensively for the body and chassis to keep weight to a minimum. Like the P1, the driver and traveller are expected to sit within a carbon tub.

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

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

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Källenius added: “We include 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 procedure car.” 

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

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

Tobias Moers, CEO Mercedes-AMG: Chock-full Q and A 

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

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

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

Q:  Are you confident that customer deliveries of the Project One desire begin by 2019?

A:  “We are on track. We are still in digital testing phases, with simulators, but we include a mule for the engine that we will start testing in October. We have had to fit 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 trade mark?

A: “Yes. With the Project One and the GT Concept [seen at the Geneva Motor Show in Stride] 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 corona car. The hypercar is the first in 2019, but beyond 2019 we will see more.”

Q: Will there be a more prints-focused variant, 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 construct, either.”

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