The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Brings F1 Dreams To The Road

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September 27, 2017 | BY Kevin Cureau

With only 275 units made priced at HK$21million each, this might be Mercedes' most coveted vehicle yet.

Shown for the first time at this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt, and driven onto the stage by Lewis Hamilton himself, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is a two-seater hypercar bringing fully-fledged Formula 1 technology from the race track to the road.

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Exterior

The car undeniably resembles an F1 car and is built around a carbon fibre monocoque. Its roofline is dominated by a large black air intake which transitions elegantly into a vertical shark fin, which improves lateral stability when cornering at high speeds.

It has extremely muscular proportions with the cockpit well forward, large wheel arches, a wasp waist and an extended rear end. The Petronas green paintbrush design on the flanks is the work of the artist who designed the paintwork for the Formula 1 racing car.

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The side view also shows a clean surface design combined with functional features. The vehicle flanks are tautly recessed, with black carbon fibre surfaces redirecting the airflow around the vehicle body as is done in motorsport.

And just like in motor racing, the doors open both forwards and upwards. The fuel filler flap is on the rear right, and the charge socket for the plug-in hybrid battery is on the rear left.

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Interior

Inside of the vehicle, every detail has a function, with nothing included purely for aesthetics.

The interior has room for two and everything is adjustable including the bucket seats, pedals, and the steering wheel. There are two digital displays which are echoed in form by the ventilation nozzles.

As this is still a modern road car, elements of comfort have been incorporated in the cockpit including two stowage compartments on the left and right behind the seats, air conditioning, and a dock for your smartphone.

 

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The user interface is integrated as an autonomous concept. The most important information is displayed in the line of vision above the steering wheel so that the driver is not distracted. To ensure optimum visibility to the rear, the rear-view mirror is replaced by a screen showing real-time images of the rear from a mirror cam.

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Power and performance

The car is powered by a 1.6-litre V6 hybrid turbocharged combustion engine with a total of four electric motors, derived from one of Lewis Hamilton’s Grand Prix vehicles. With that, you will get more than 1000 horsepower, a top speed of over 350 km/h and 0-200 km/h in less than six seconds. The car will also rev to 11,000 rpm, which is currently unique for a roadgoing vehicle. 

Power is transferred to the rear wheels by an 8-speed manual transmission that has been entirely developed from scratch for the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. It can be operated in automatic mode or manually using the shift paddles situated behind the rectangularly shaped steering wheel.

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Mercedes-Benz will only build 275 units of this car, with a price tag of €2,275 Million (HK$ 21 Million), and all of them have already been sold.

For more information on the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, visit mercedes-amg.com