Mercedes-AMG Project One may be one of the most awaited premieres at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and yet, the automaker continues to give us teaser images of it, calling it a “two-seater supersports showcar”. What we know about it so far is that a near-production model will make its reveal at the 2017 IAA.
The new photo they released only shows the silhouette of the Project One that looks like a Formula 1 roof scoop, headlights that have been turned on, as well as what seems like the grille with the AMG logo. We don’t exactly know what the model is like but we would like to think of it as a road-going Le Mans prototype equipped with a Formula One engine, and other F1 technology such as its hybrid system and the electronics. As mentioned earlier, the roof scoop was probably designed with a huge influence on the world’s most advanced motorsport category.
Underneath the Project One’s hood is a 1.6-liter turbo V6 with hybrid assistance that it got from the Mercedes-AMG’s 2015 W06 Hybrid Formula One car. It will be given two electric motors on the rear, and another two on the front axle, letting the hybrid system produce over 1000 horsepower. To make it into a road legal car, they have to thoroughly revise the system. The company also made a promise that it will last 31,000 miles (50,000) between rebuilds, considering that its rev limit is above 10,000 rpm.
As the automaker says, the Project One will have the performance of a race car, combined with a Formula 2 hybrid technology that makes it suitable for everyday use. Mercedes-AMG promises that it will provide a maximum speed of over 218 miles per hour (350 kilometers per hour), which makes a lot of people very excited for the Project One.
We know that a lot of you readers can’t wait to get your hands on one of the Project Ones. But brace yourself as it might be one of the most expensive cars out there. The company is expected to ask for $2.6 million for each Project One, and this will only be limited to 275 examples. We also believe that if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, then you might not have a chance to get your hands on one as all of them may have already been accounted for.
The Project One that we expect to see at Frankfurt this month is currently a near-production prototype, which means that you will not see one of these cars out in the public until 2019, when Mercedes-AMG is set to begin deliveries.