Mercedes reveals Formula 1 technology ‘for the road’ in new Project One Hypercar
At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes pulled out all the stops with a extravagant stage show to showcase the company’s ‘green’ intentions for the future. The show featured a jazz-funk band, Broadway singers and Lewis Hamilton himself, who drove the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar onto the stage, where he chatted with Dieter Zetsche, the company’s charismatic CEO.
The Project One Hypercar marks a watershed moment in automotive history, as it is the first time a car – legal to drive on public roads – has directly borrowed an engine from Formula 1. The power plant for the vehicle will be built in the same factory as Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 engine.
To ensure it remains a viable proposition for the public sector, the 1.6-litre V6 engine used by the Project One will be tuned-down, yet still capable of a eye-watering 700bhp. Three electric motors, one each on the two front wheels and a third combined with the main engine mean total power of “over 1100hp” according to Mercedes. A fourth motor rotates the turbocharger ensuring you always have instant power. This engine spins to 11,000 rpm, down from the 15,000 of the Petronas F1 car and means the car will be capable of reaching speeds of 350 km/h.
Keeping in line with the features you would expect from the hypercars of tomorrow, the Project One has a precision 4WD setup with a torque vectoring system channeling torque to any given wheel, resulting in greater grip and stability on corners.
Production is expected to run to 275 cars, all of which have already been sold.