Mercedes is a well-known luxury brand, which is why when it announced the release of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, there was a lot of hype about it becoming one of the top super cars in 2017. Indeed, when the Project One was released in 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it lived to the high expectations. Under its hood was a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 with a split turbo, which gave it a 1,000 horsepower. We have waited for a long time to hear from the team behind its design, but finally, we heard what they had to share. In this article, we are going to discuss the technical specifications about the vehicle’s construction and design.
The Project One is designed for speed, which is clearly reflected on in the exterior design that closely draws lots of inspiration from the facets on a formula one car. Starting with the air scoop mounted on its roof, which is similar to what is on the Mercedes F1 racing cars, to the shark fin shaped rear, you get a feel that it’s truly meant for racing, and not just for a regular cruise on highways. Moreover, the NACA ducts draw the inspiration from aircraft designs, which cuts down drag and maximizes fuel efficiency as speed increases leading to increase air friction.
Its muscular proportions have been necessitated by the mid engine concept, where the cockpit is set well forward. Furthermore, to give it a sporty look, it has large wheel arches, a large wasp waist, and an extensive tail that clearly indicates it was motorsport inspired. On the front, it has a large black spoiler and its air inlets stretch across the entire width of the vehicle. For headlights, they used LED headlamps, which fit seamlessly into its body contours. Mercedes-AMG designed the roof to include an air inlet that fuses into the car’s vertical shark fin.
To complete its external sporty look, they included a large round exhaust pipe, as well as other two small openings, which closely resemble Mercedes F1 cars. Overall, the exterior of the Project One gives it a distinct character, and a striking appearance of unprecedented magnitude.
The interior is designed to offer you an authentic F1 feel whether you are on the track or off the track. It’s design is a fusion of practicality and performance. When seated inside, the ergonomically contoured interior gives you a futuristic and minimalist feel, thanks to the bucket seat design and innovative materials used. You can adjust both the pedals and F1 styled steering wheel accordingly, depending on your height and steering preference.
The driver and the passenger areas are separated by the center tunnel, which forms part of the car’s Carbon-fiber support structure. The seats are sculpted to give them a motor racing association, while their surfaces are interspersed into sporty textile mesh using nappa leather and inlays. More, they have used the yellow stitching to give the seats the distinguishable AMG feature.
Project One is powered by a high-performance is derived from Formula 1, and it was a result of cooperation with experts from Mercedes-AMG in Brixworth. Its engine costs of a turbocharged engine and four electric motors, all of which are intelligently networked, and integrated to supply driving power as a single unit. Out of the four electric motors, one is integrated into the turbocharger, and the other is installed in the combustion engine, while the remaining two drive the front wheels.
The direct injection 1.6-litre hybrid petrol engine is assisted by the electrically powered turbo charging system. The engine also makes use of pneumatic valve springs instead of the mechanical valve springs to increase fuel efficiency. The engine, located in the middle of the chassis and just in front of the rear axle, can achieve speeds of up to 11,000 rpm, which is spectacular for a road-going car. However, it has been deliberately been kept below the F1 speed limit to increase longevity, and allow the use of Super Plus petrol, as opposed to racing fuel.
The car can be driven on electric power alone, until the driver pressers the accelerator harder, at which pint the V6 engine is automatically switched on. It can accelerate from zero to 200 km/h in just under six seconds, which is quite impressive but not surprising for a car of its kind. As soon as the driver takes their foot off the pedal, the engine switches off, and the car draws its power entirely from the batteries. When braking, up to 80% of the energy is recuperated and stored in the battery. That makes the car even more efficient and increases the driving range when running on electric power alone.
Overall, the Mercedes-AMG project One isn’t just racing machine that’s legal to use on public roads, it also brings the latest F1 technology from the racing track to the streets. When you consider its advanced suspension layout, onboard electronics, and its revolutionary engine, it’s not hard to see why one would be a proud owner of this car.