Mercedes Teases Project One Rear End Bodywork Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut
We’re getting closer and closer to the big sheet pull!by Jonathan Lopez, on
Scheduled for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week, Mercedes-AMG just released a new teaser image of its upcoming Project One hypercar, showing off some wide hips and some very sporty cues. Scheduled for release in conjunction with AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Project One promises “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” We’ve already got a good amount of info on the mechanical details, with now that the debut is only a few days away, we’re getting a better look at the exterior styling with this still somewhat-murky teaser image. The new image shows off a large central exhaust pipe, geometric angles for the ultra-wide rear fenders, super thin taillights, a roof-mounted intake, aggressive engine cover louvers, and a rounded roof curve.
We’re chomping at the bit to get a look at this thing in the light. Previously, Mercedes only gave us a look at the Project One by way of a few stylish white lines laid on top of a black background. We also recently got a less-than-clear look inside the cabin, which apparently will include a square steering wheel, digital gauges, and a screen mounted high on the dash. As far exterior styling is concerned, we’re expecting a look reminiscent of the old Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR – super wide, low, and a little closer to a Le Mans prototype than an open-wheel Formula car. Either way, stay tuned as we cover all the big reveals from Frankfurt.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
Mercedes-AMG Project One
We’re very excited to finally get a closer look at this crazy new hybrid hypercar, especially when it comes to placing it alongside the current crop of top-shelf performance machines like the Ferrari LaFerrari and Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The big seller here is the powertrain, which was designed to be the closest thing you can get to Formula 1-style performance for the street. That means an engine spec that’s very close to Merc’s competition vehicle, including a turbocharged and electrified 1.6-liter V-6 with a redline that spins to 11,000 rpm, juiced by a Formula 1-spec lithium-ion battery pack and no fewer than four electric motors. Two of the motors are for the front wheels (one per wheel, which makes this thing AWD), plus there’s another motor boosting the crankshaft, and a final motor to keep the turbo at full boil. There’s also a KERS system to keep the battery topped off, with a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission in place for cog swaps. Peak output is rated at around 1,000 horsepower, while top speed is over 217 mph.
The big seller here is the powertrain, which was designed to be the closest thing you can get to Formula 1-style performance for the street. That means an engine spec close to Merc’s competition vehicle, with a turbo 1.6-liter V-6 that redlines at 11,000 rpm.
Although that top speed isn’t terribly impressive against competitors like the Bugatti Chiron, we’re expecting some insanely quick 0-to-60 mph times and rib-bruising levels of grip. Under the skin you’ll find a carbon fiber chassis, active aerodynamics, and a push rod suspension system. A one-to-one power-to-weight ratio keeps it in the running when it comes to destroying lap times.
But what do you think, dear reader? Does the Project One get your attention, or not so much? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out our full review.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.
Read our full review on the Bugatti Chiron.
Read our full review on the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Read our full review on the Ferrari LaFerrari.