The Mercedes Project ONE street-legal F1 auto looks fantastic

Posted September 12, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG Project One gets a 1.6-litre V6 electrically assisted direct injection petrol powerplant that has been derived from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle.

The Project One was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show by F1 champ, Lewis Hamilton where the brand claimed the vehicle will bring F1 technology to the road in 2019. The petrol engine has redline of 11,000rpm, which is something unique for a car-for-the-roads.

Now, add a second motor directly tied to the crankshaft, while the Project One will get what can be called through-the-road all-wheel-drive capabilities by adding two more motors up front, one for each wheel. At the front two further electric motors - each with 163hp and driving the axles via reduction gears - contribute to the system total of over 1,000hp and give you a fighting chance of keeping the thing on the road via the snappily titled Variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system.

The author is attending the Frankfurt Motor Show as a guest of Mercedes-Benz Australia.

Only 275 of the Mercedes-AMG Project One will be made and all build slots for the same have already been sold. There's also an extra electric motor integrated in the turbo.

Mercedes-AMG has managed to keep the weight of the auto in check thanks to its carbon fibre body.

Both gearboxes will be automatics (that's just the supercar way now) with what AMG describe as an automated eight-speed manual transmission while the Aston will use a Ricardo-sourced seven-speed, dual-clutch.

But Federal and State Governments are considering allowing a small number of specialised left-hand-drive cars to be registered for use on Australian roads in the coming years. All these electric motors will be powered by a set of lithium ion batteries which will in turn be charged by regenerative braking.

While Mercedes-AMG has dodged the widely used 0-100kph acceleration time, it suggests that Project One can hit 200kph from standstill in six seconds scant with top speed of over 350kph. "It combines our design philosophy of Sensual Purity with the performance of our Formula 1 racing cars and is the ideal embodiment of Performance Luxury", says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG.

Starting off with its exterior, the mid-engine Project One blends muscular proportions, long flowing lines and a low, aggressive stance.

You're looking at around 30,000 miles before the engine needs maintenance - a figure that's easier to swallow when you consider that an F1 engine is created to be rebuilt every four to five races.

Regular cars have a thermodynamic efficiency of around 33 percent, if they're pretty good at it (which means 33 percent of the engine's power drives the vehicle, and the rest if lost as heat).

Mercedes-AMG's new hypercar is all about superlatives - a ridiculous price tag along with ridiculous specs... There's no much else inside the cabin: The two seats are relatively spartan, though Mercedes notes that the car's pedals and steering wheel are adjustable for different drivers to fit comfortably. The front axle gets 19-inches and are wrapped in 285/35/ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.