Mercedes-AMG Project ONE (2019) 275 Produced +25 Roadsters
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£2.4million. euro 2,275,000
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The Mercedes-AMG Project One (stylised as ONE) is an upcoming production plug-in hybrid supercar featuring Formula One-derived technology.
The Project One will be competing against the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and unnamed sports cars by Audi and BMW.
Although looking like a F1-inspired sports car with a strong character, Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, says the car’s main character is to be a sports car with full comfort on the road.
A finished, running model of the Project One was unveiled in the 2017 International Automobil-Ausstellung, being presented alongside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Head of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche.
The cars will be evaluated by their performance, durability, and ability in Mercedes-Benz’s proving grounds and on racing circuits. Tobias Moers also says when “the time is right”, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton will test the prototypes.
The exterior of the car is formed primarily for aerodynamics, although it still keeps a street car stance. Some of its parts come from Mercedes-Benz’s Formula One cars, most noticeably the aerodynamic fin.
The interior is mostly bare-bones for light weight. It also has the appearance of a Formula One car, to keep its promise as the “F1 car for the street” noticeable.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One will use a modified 1.6-liter turbocharged 90-degree V6 from their Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 race car, as confirmed by Mercedes-AMG board member Ola Källenius.
Modification is due to the engine’s illegality in RPM idle and redline. The boss of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, says the engine will be at 1,280 rpm when idle, and 11,000 for the redline.
However, the engine will only last for 31,068.5 mi (50,000 km) and the owners will have to return their Project Ones for engine refurbishment.
It is still unknown how the engine has met emission regulations.The engine produces 748 hp (558 kW; 758 PS), with torque still unknown. The engine will be combined with four electric motors (800 volts in total), 120 kW electric motors at the crankshaft (MGU-K), 90 kW electric turbocharging (MGU-H), two 120 kW electric motors at the front axle.These motors will be powered a single high-performance main battery source. The total power output for the car will be 1,020 hp (761 kW; 1,034 PS) combined.
The batteries are from Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 cars, these being the Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic (MGU-K) and the Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H). The MGU-K is installed on the main driveshaft. Its purpose is to help spin the rear wheels and recover the same kinetic energy while braking. The MGU-H is installed on the turbocharger. It is used to spool the turbo and help prevent turbo-lag issues.
It can also recover wasted gas from the exhaust and turn in into kinetic energy. Another two batteries will be running the front wheels for an all-wheel drive drivetrain, which means all four motors together will be delivering 272 hp (203 kW; 276 PS).
The transmission will be a single-clutch automated manual variant, and delivers the power to the rear wheels. The use of a single clutch plate was meant to keep the car lightweight.
The drivetrain is all-wheel-drive, with the engine power being delivered to the rear, and an independent electrically-driven front axle.
The chassis is built around their F1 car. The body will be made entirely of carbon-fiber to keep the car lightweight. The chassis has been found to be lightweight, with Tobias Moers saying it is to expected at around 1,300 kg (2,866 lb), such as a decal badge, instead of a carved model.
The production run of the Project One will be at 275 units, with 1000 customers asking to order a car. The price of the car will be listed minimum at €2,275,000 ($2,458,706) and more. In April 16, 2017, the Project One became sold out for the United States.