If you’re expecting to own the newest hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, dubbed as Project One, prepare for some bad news. This road worthy F1 car is no longer available in the U.S. As confirmed by Road & Track, the brand had been compiling a list of possible customers and this was stopped last month. Even if you did make it to the list, it is still not guaranteed. The Michigan-based auto magazine revealed as well that the brand will still be choosing who among those in the list will get the chance to own this remarkable model.
While it was first shown during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show held in March, it was done so behind closed doors. However, it was later revealed that this was not the final version with project manager Melissa Witek saying that the one put on display was around 85% complete. Back then it was estimated that the price would be around $2.4 million. It has been confirmed that a total of 275 units will be made and next month the brand will reveal how many of these will be assigned for the U.S.
So how did people manage to get on the list? Well in order to be part of this rather elite club, you would need to be a longtime owner of a Mercedes. In addition, you would need to convince the brand that you will actually be using the vehicle rather than simply storing it and then selling it for a profit. For those who will ultimately get the chance to be a part of Project One, they will receive them directly from the brand. Owners though will get the chance to choose which dealer will deliver their models and do any of the servicing.
There is a caveat though. Powering this model is the 1.6-liter V6 engine that has been adapted from the W07 F1 car and is capable of delivering 1,000 hp and can rev up to a maximum of 11,000 rpm. One problem that owners will need to consider is that once it reaches 31,000 miles (50,000 km), this model is going to need some rather extensive work.
Mercedes-AMG said that the official world premiere of the Project One will be in September during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Customer deliveries though are not expected until 2019.
Without a doubt, this could well be the most exceptional two-seater to ever be on the road. Utilizing technology from Formula One, it will be the first ever vehicle to have the F1 hybrid powertrain. Through this, the brand hopes to showcase the extent of its technological advancements. Aside from the powertrain, no other information has been disclosed. In fact, photos have yet to be released.