It’s here: the Mercedes-AMG Project One is the most radical car in Mercedes history, and it’s a hybrid

Mercedes has done it again. Those from Stuttgart are unique when it comes to creating competition beasts developed for the street. Following the CLK GTR of the late 1990s, the latest wild creature is the Mercedes-AMG One. In this case, the craziest division of the house seems to have outdone itself by mounting the hybrid engine of a Formula 1 in a car capable of driving on the street. Although the challenge seems in itself, the complexity has meant accumulating delays.

It has been more than two years since Mercedes presented a prototype, the AMG Project One, which anticipated what we see today with us. Outwardly, the AMG One surrenders to the god of the wind in a sculpted body to cut through the air as effectively as it is efficient.

With active aerodynamic systems, the hypercar is capable of modifying its structure so that the airflow responds correctly depending on the needs. There are three formats that complement the driving modes: Highway, Track and Race DRS. In the most aggressive mode, the suspension is lowered 37 millimeters at the front axle and 30 millimeters at the rear, deploying all the installed aerodynamic appendages.

Mercedes-AMG Project One
Mercedes-AMG Project One

The Mercedes-AMG One has six dynamic programs: EV, Race Safe, Race, Race Plus and Strat 2. The last two can only be activated on circuit as they allow the hidden beast to be released by working all the motors together to obtain maximum performance. The hybrid set that powers this street Formula 1 is the same equipment that is used in the highest competition. A hybrid drive with a 1.6-liter V6 block and two electric motors on the front axle.

The turbo engine is responsible for driving the rear wheels with a power of 574 horsepower at a maximum turning capacity of 11,000 revolutions. The electric motors add up to 611 horsepower, which makes a total of 1,063 horsepower distributed to all four wheels through the management of a 7-speed gearbox.

With Michelin Pilot Cup2 tires measuring 285/35 ZR 19 on the front axle and 335/30 ZR 20, the AMG One accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, reaches 200 km/h in 7 seconds and 15 .6 at 300 km/h. Its top speed is 352 kilometers per hour, being able to circulate in 100% electric mode for about 18 kilometers with an average consumption of 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers travelled.

Mercedes-AMG Project One
Mercedes-AMG Project One

All figures of the Mercedes-AMG One reach biblical proportions. With its arrival, Mercedes enters a new plane and a new market, the most exclusive in the world. Only a handful of units will be manufactured. The select clients will have to pay more than 2.3 million euros to take over the services of this Formula 1 with registration.

To that amount must be added a few hundred thousand euros more if additional engines are desired, because Mercedes estimates that the hybrid drive only has an approximate operating life of 40,000 kilometers in normal driving and just over 10,000 if used. thoroughly in circuit.

Despite this problem, many buyers have already reserved theirs. Its exclusive world will be completed with a typical racing cabin, but for two. With two buckets fixed to the structure of the car, it is the pedals that are regulated to fit the driver. A modified racing wheel will be the guide axis of the car.

Mercedes-AMG Project One interior.
Mercedes-AMG Project One interior.

The cabin is completed with different elements of comfort and technology such as digital screens and various connectivity systems. An interior that will give each customer their own racing experience.

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