Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Mercedes-AMG’s Project One hybrid hypercar

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Mercedes-AMG Project One.
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  • The Mercedes-AMG Project One is a new hybrid
    hypercar.
  • It’s powered by a Formula One-based 1,000 horsepower
    drive unit.
  • Mercedes-AMG will build 275 cars at $2.72 million per
    car.

On Monday, Mercedes-AMG unveiled its long-awaited Project One
hybrid hypercar concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Project One is packed with technology from the company’s back
to back to back World Championship-winning Formula One team.

“Motorsport is not an end in itself for us. Faced with
intense competition, we develop technologies from which our
production vehicles also subsequently benefit,” Mercedes-Benz
chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement. 

“We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three
constructors’ and drivers’ world championships to bring Formula 1
technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG
Project ONE.”


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At the heart of the Project One is a hybrid drive unit lifted
directly from Mercedes-AMG’s Formula One racer. In total the
drive unit can produce more than 1,000 horsepower.

The system consists of a 1.6 liter, turbocharged V6 engine
with an atmospheric red line of 11,000 RPMs. The engine’s
crankshaft is attached to an electric motor that can virtually
eliminate turbo lag while generating electricity by harnessing
the engine’s kinetic energy. In Formula One circles, this
electric motor is called the Motor Generator Unit Kinetic or
MGU-K. The engine and MGU-K duo drive the rear wheels while
producing more than 670 horsepower.


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The Mercedes-AMG Formula One-based drive
unit.

Mercedes-Benz

The engine features a split turbocharger design that keeps the
hot exhaust gasses that power the turbo away from the compressor,
thereby leading to more power through cooler and denser air being
fed into the engine. The two sides of the turbo are connected by
a shaft, which itself is equipped with a 121 horsepower electric
motor capable of powering the compressor in case there isn’t
enough boost coming from the exhaust gasses. The folks in F1 call
this electric turbo the Motor Generator Unit Heat or MGU-H.

Additionally, Mercedes installed two electric motors, each
producing more than 161 horsepower, on the front axle of the
Project One, thereby giving it a virtual all-wheel-drive system
with true torque-vectoring capabilities. 

That’s right, the Project One has one engine and four
electric motors. 


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The Project One features an automated AMG-Speedshift eight-speed
manual transmission.

And the performance figures are staggering. Mercedes-AMG
declined to release a 0-60 mph acceleration time. However, the
company claims the Project One can reach 124 mph in less than six
seconds and reach a top speed of more than 217 mph.

With a full lithium-ion battery pack, the Project One has
an all-electric range of 25 miles.


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All of this advanced Formula One technology comes at a price. The
Project One starts at €2.275 million or $2.72 million with
production cars expected to arrive sometime around 2019.

Sadly, if haven’t ordered one, you are already too late.
All 275 production Mercedes-AMG Project Ones have been spoken
for.

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