Frankfurt 2017: Mercedes-AMG Project One Makes Stunning Debut

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar

The engine bit of the equation is a 1.6-litre single-turbo V6, closely related to that found in Lewis's F1 auto and engineered by Mercedes' F1 powertrain plant in Brixworth.

"The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is the first Formula 1 vehicle with MOT approval".

Project One is expected to go into production two years from now at an estimated price of £2.4 million. An F1-style MGU-K will offer an additional 120KW of power to the rear axle under acceleration while the MGU-H is rated at 80KW and can be used to combat turbo lag as well as charge the power unit's energy store (which has four times the capacity of the one on the F1 car). And if you fancy the full hybrid experience, simply switch to EV mode and cruise around in near-silent electric-only power for up to 15.5 miles.

The four electric motors will use energy from a lithium-ion battery.

We'll leave you with the leaked photos and the YouTube live reveal link, since Mercedes-Benz will probably deliver a lot more info in around half an hour. The transmission can be fully automated or shifted like a traditional manual transmission.

As well as the ability to tell friends they own a auto fitted with the same engine Lewis Hamilton uses, Project One buyers will have access to barely comprehensible performance.

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar
Mercedes-AMG Project One teased for Frankfurt

You're looking at around 30,000 miles before the engine needs maintenance - a figure that's easier to swallow when you consider that an F1 engine is created to be rebuilt every four to five races.

The front axle is purely electrically driven, with two 120-kW electric motors. The seats don't slide, but adjustable backrests, pedals and steering wheel allow passengers to get comfortable. It scores the same F1 hybrid technology from the race track and is a fitting tribute to celebrate AMG's 50 anniversary.

Mercedes-AMG claims this will be a vehicle that is driveable everyday, and to that end has included two compartments for storage inside the cabin behind the seats, an air conditioning system, power windows, and a version of its COMAND infotainment system.

We don't have the official figures just yet, but Mercedes-AMG says that at least 1,000 horsepower and similar amount of torque can be expected from the downright brutal powertrain that will occupy the middle of the vehicle. There are two 10-inch screens, one in front of the driver and the other in the dash center and beneath it are two ventilation nozzles suspended like a gondola.

"The hypercar is the most ambitious project we have every undertaken".

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