This German hypercar will offer genuine ‘F1 car for the road’ thrills according to Mercedes-AMG.
Mercedes-AMG has uncovered the all-new Project One hypercar during the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Expected to launch in 2019, this 1000+bhp hypercar has been developed for the road, using the very same EQ Power+ hybrid powertrain that has propelled the company’s championship winner for the last three years. A sub-six-second 0-124mph time is quoted, as well as a top speed in excess of 217mph.
If your first thought is ‘Ferrari F50’, then you’re not alone, but the Project One takes the whole 'F1 car for the road' concept to another level. While the engine is a bespoke unit designed with longevity in mind, it is almost exactly the same as the turbocharged 1.6-litre, hybrid V6 found in the current F1 racer. The rev limiter has been dialled back to around 11,000rpm from the 13,500rpm available in the race engine.
Air is channelled to the engine through a roof-mounted intake – also borrowed from the F1 car. The turbocharger arrangement is unlike anything else on the road, with the turbine located on the exhaust side of the engine, while the compressor is located on the intake side joined by a shaft. The turbine is also hooked up to an 90kW motor, which can spin the compressor up at low engine rpm to eliminate lag and improve responsiveness. It also recuperates waste energy into the hybrid system the exhaust system is somewhat more road friendly than the F1 car, adding a catalytic converter and silencer into the mix.
Behind the engine is an all-new eight-speed, hydraulically-activated single clutch transmission. The ‘Motor Generator Unit Kinetic’ – a motor that bolts directly to the V6’s crankshaft for an extra 120kW – and two high-revving 120kW motors on the front axle round off the powertrain. The front motors each make use of a small gearbox to allow torque vectoring.
The whole electrical system is very similar to arrangement found in the F1 car, although the battery capacity is significantly improved thanks to a larger quantity of battery cells. This means that when fully charged, the Project One will have an electric-only (and front-wheel-drive) 25km range.
Suspension is multi-link on all four corners, with pushrod struts installed across the direction of travel, which eradicates the need for tubular cross-members. All of this will be mounted within a lightweight carbon fibre monocoque, with both engine and transmission taking load-bearing functions, and supporting the rear-suspension set-up.
The car is being developed jointly by AMG in Germany, the UK-based High Performance Powertrain company and of course the Brackley-based F1 team. Mercedes-AMG has confirmed plans to build 275 examples, and it is likely to cost in the region of €2.3m.