Demand for the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is so high that people had been lining up to get a piece of this 1,000-hp-plus road machine even before Mercedes has commenced its production. Mercedes has placed the production cap at just 275 examples. In fact, the AMG Project One is practically sold out. Thus, those included in the shortlist of customers for the new AMG Project One could be considered as having a great amount of luck.
It turns out that one of those in the shortlist is trying to transform such luck into fortunes. Of course, with a price tag of around $2.7 million, the AMG Project One is reserved for the rich and affluent. Aside from taking into possession a one-of-a-kind hypercar laden with Formula One technologies, future owners would be getting their hands on one of the most exclusive and limited supercars in the market. This person in question doesn’t seem to like the prestige that comes with owning an example of the AMG Project One. But instead of just giving it away, he or she is selling his/her spot on the shortlist, as advertised on the German marketplace Mobile.de
It goes without saying that there would be people willing to take up this person’s offer. Getting into the shortlist of buyers for the new AMG Project One would be like hitting the jackpot. Even if this person is offering to sell his or her build slot for $5.22 million (€4.51 million) –– or nearly twice the price of an actual AMG Project One -- there would still be people who would ink a deal.
Now, this isn't the first time that a shortlisted customer for an exclusive vehicle is trying to flip their build spot for a lot of money. In fact, flipping has become a common occurrence, as it is a quick way to make some cash, especially for the opportunists.
Mercedes calls the AMG Project ONE as an ultimate driving machine that brings current Formula 1 hybrid technology onto the road while combining racetrack performance with day-to-day suitability. Its core is a high-performance plug-in hybrid drive powertrain adopted directly from Formula 1 that includes a turbocharged engine and four electric motors. Driving the rear wheels is a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline engine -- with direct injection and turbocharger.
An electric motor is integrated into the turbocharger while another is installed directly on the combustion engine – allowing the rear wheels to receive a power output of more than 500 kW (680 PS). The other two electric motors power the front wheels, delivering around 240 kW (326 PS). Total power output of the Project One is pegged at 740 kW (1,006 PS). This hybrid powertrain is complemented by a variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with hybrid-drive rear axle, electrically driven front axle and torque vectoring, with power sent to the wheels through an automated AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed manual transmission.
Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One could sprint from nil to 200 km/h in under six seconds and achieve a top speed of over 350 km/h (217 mph).