740kW F1 car for the road drops ‘Project’ from its title, still promises to be one of the wildest vehicles to ever be produced.
Mercedes-AMG has officially confirmed its upcoming hypercar – originally dubbed ‘Project One’ – will be known simply as the AMG One.
The performance division says the halo model’s name “stands for the highest automotive ambition: to bring Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road”.
Revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, the Mercedes-AMG One is quite literally an F1 car for the road, featuring a version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain from the company’s Petronas Formula One racing car.
The 1.6-litre engine is capable of reaching 11,000rpm, though Mercedes-AMG says for higher longevity and due to the use of ‘Super Plus’ petrol instead of racing fuel, the One’s powerplant remains “significantly below” the race car’s rev limit.
Meanwhile, the dual electric motors on the front axle are capable of spinning at up to 50,000rpm, well above the current industry benchmark of 20,000rpm.
Final specifications are still yet to be confirmed, though the company said at the Project One’s reveal that system power output is “over 740kW” – more than 1000 horsepower.
While no 0-100 time was quoted at the reveal nor how much torque the One’s hybrid system puts out, Mercedes-AMG claims the hypercar will hit 200km/h from a standstill in ‘less than 6.0 seconds‘, and hit a top speed “beyond 350km/h“.
In addition to its wild performance potential, the One can also run up to 25km solely on electric power – though the lithium-ion battery pack’s capacity is still unknown at this stage.
Grunt is sent to the tarmac through a variable AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive-system with a hybrid-drive rear axle, electrically-driven front axle, and torque vectoring and an automated AMG Speedshift eight-speed manual transmission.
The shifter has been developed from scratch by the German company, and features full automatic and manual modes, and a set of the steering-mounted paddle shifters.
Just 275 examples of the AMG One will be produced, with eight units confirmed across the Australian and New Zealand markets.
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