Mercedes-AMG is now test-driving camouflaged Project One prototypes

Article by Christian A., on September 21, 2018

If you are one of those lucky enough to place an order for a final production version of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, here is a good development: Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance arm has already commenced prototype testing of the hypercar in the United Kingdom.

Following its well-anticipated unveiling at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2017), the Mercedes-AMG Project One went into intensive development behind closed doors for several months. AMG’s transnational project team engineered the Project One digitally to ensure that goals can be met when the hypercar is put on the road.

To ensure that the high-performance drive unit intended for the Project One is ready for series production, hundreds of testing hours were spent on dyno testing the whole powertrain, including all of its hybrid components. Once the dyno tests were completed, the high-performance drive unit was installed into the first prototypes of the Project One.

According to Mercedes-AMG, heavily camouflaged prototypes of the Project One are being test driven on a secret test ground in England. Closed off test grounds and racetracks are also being employed. But because of the characteristic F1 sound of the Project One, the carmaker says it is becoming hard to keep difficult to keep the testing from the public. The images released by Mercedes show the Project One being test driven likely at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

For the Project One, Mercedes-AMG is employing a high-performance plug-in hybrid drive powertrain directly derived from F1, in particular from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car. This dynamic powertrain includes a turbocharged engine and four electric motors for a total power output of 740 kW (1,006 PS). The rear wheels are driven by more than more than 500 kW (680 PS) of output from a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid, directly injected, turbocharged gasoline engine. The front wheels, on the other hand, are driven by two electric motors that generate 240 kW (326 PS).

As per Mercedes-AMG, the Project One could accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds and sprint from zero to 200 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds, on the way to reaching a top speed of more than 350 km/h (217 mph).

Mercedes-AMG limited the series production of the Project One at just 275 examples. But since demand for the Project One was so high, the hypercar was practically sold out even its production started. In fact, the carmaker already invited its clients to spec their hypercars before they finally enter production. Project One comes with a starting price of around $2.5 million, excluding any additional features or elements that clients want to be fitted in their F1-powered hypercar.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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