Mercedes-Benz is set to expand its AMG range for its littlest performance cars.
Mercedes-AMG's Project One is one of two hypercars being built by Formula One teams that will soon hit the roads.
"Because of the F1 derived technology used by the new vehicle, prospective buyers have been asking if they will require a support crew or dedicated lubricants to run it". AMG chief Tobias Moers reiterated the engine will last for about 31,000 miles at which point it will require a rebuild. Coupled to the V6 is a turbocharger that is joined by an electric motor created to ensure the turbo can instantly provide maximum boost whenever needed. The first one - rated at 107 horsepower - serves the goal of keeping the turbocharger spooled up permanently. Two 161-horsepower motors deliver power to the front wheels while the 107-horsepower motor at the rear powers the turbocharger. The entire weight of the auto after attaching all the batteries is expected to be under 3,000 pounds. Interestingly, there are four times more cells in the hypercar than there were in Hamilton's title-winning Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid.
That's all we know for now. The transmission of the Project One will be an 8-speed automated manual. The other rear motor connects to the engine via the crankshaft. At the back, there will be chunky 335-section tires.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will be limited to a production run of just 220 units most of which are sold out ahead of the car's official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. AMG has made the promise to deliver all of them by the end of 2020.