Is there anything more exciting than a spoiler? Well, for those who didn't know, there are those who have already seen the Mercedes-AMG Project One (in the flesh) way before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show formally opens its gates this September. This allegedly happened behind closed doors at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
In keeping up with the excitement, Automobile Magazine earlier spilled the beans concerning the Project One’s powertrain. Rumor also has it that the hybrid hypercar is hiding a 1,020 hp monster underneath its engine. Without further ado, let’s hear out the juicy details on what’s inside Mercedes-AMG’s latest gem.
As reported, Mercedes-AMG is said to be adapting the same engine from its W07 Formula One Car into the new 2-seater hybrid. This type of powertrain with 4 electric motors can produce a menacing 748hp (558kW) at the very least. The first two motors will be sending power to the front wheels while the two other motors will be connected to the crankshaft and turbocharger. Altogether, the four motors can deliver up to 408hp (304 kW), resulting to a combined output of 1,020 hp (761kW). That is to say other hypercars from Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren may have to give way to Mercedes’ wildest supercar to date.
Although Formula One cars don't necessarily come with two extra electric motors at the front axle, the WEC’s LMP1 prototype hybrids have the same all-wheel drive system layout. This makes the Mercedes-AMG Project One rev at an incredible 11,000 rounds per minute. If any, this set-up is something similar to Porsche’s 918 Spyder and Acura NSX while the F1 hybrid engine has been inspired by the new McLaren P1 and Ferrari’s LaFerrari.
It is no surprise that the new Mercedes AMG's hypercar has already been sold out in the US despite its $2.4 million price tag. The all-wheel drive hybrid hypercar allegedly weighs less than 2,900lbs (that’s approximately 1,315kg including the battery pack). Not only that, it boasts up to 30 miles of range (48km) when running on pure electric, but it also uses plenty of carbon fiber elements and super lightweight building materials.
In any case, the rumor mill will get busier as Mercedes-AMG gears up for the much anticipated premiere of the Project One in Germany. According to the news, 225 units have actually been pre-ordered by select customers out of the 275-unit allocation. All said, we’ll be expecting more leaked information to come right after this so tune in for more details.