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Mercedes Project One Goes Overboard With F1 Obsession

Mercedes Project One Goes Overboard With F1 Obsession

Mounted just ahead of the rear axle, the engine drives the rear wheel.

Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dieter Zetsche, said "This vehicle will make all previous performance limits at AMG and Mercedes look small". The Project One is packing an F1-derived V6 and four electric motors, allowing it to go from zero to two hundred kilometres per hour in under six seconds. Furthermore, the car's red line will be at the 11,000rpm mark. The all-wheel-drive hypercar also features an electrified front axle, with the hybrid's combined output surpassing 1,000 horsepower - enough to top at more than 218 miles per hour (350 kph). Project One will also be able to undertake short journeys, up to 16 miles, in all-electric mode as a front-wheel-drive auto.

Project One's combined system output is quoted as in excess of 740kW.

With just a few days to go before the official unveiling of the Project One, Mercedes-AMG has released another teaser image - this time around showing the rear of the vehicle. On a road long enough, AMG suggests a V-max beyond 350km/h.

Moving on to the chassis, inboard pushroad suspension coilovers work the wheels and the 8-speed automated-manual transaxle is a stressed member, holding the rear suspension.

Active aerodynamic aids, too, are critical to the Project One's quest for F1-like performance. Active aero is found at the front too, with an extending front splitter and movable flaps positioned over the front wheels.

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A monstrous carbonfibre stabilising "shark fin" incorporates the roof-mounted engine intake tract that feeds air to the turbo, while the LED headlight and tail light designs mimic the AMG badge with three separated rhomboids. Turbocharged V6 engines may have muted the F1 field on race day, but it seems safe to predict the Project One won't exactly be subtle-sounding.

Inside the two-place cabins, the seats themselves are integrated into the monocoque and yet have adjustable backrests. The skinny, uncluttered carbon-fibre dashboard is home to two 10-inch displays - one placed behind the steering wheel, and the other sprouting from the centre console and angled towards the driver. A digital screen linked to a rear-facing camera replaces the rear-view mirror and Mercedes has also seen fit to include a smartphone holder and sat nav. Mercedes-AMG hasn't released any images of the interior of the vehicle.

It seems like Mercedes-AMG is really going full power in the performance vehicle segment.

And while the Project One may draw from Formula One, the overall look is more like that of a Le Mans prototype.

Just 275 examples of the Project One will be built, with each selling for around A$3 million.

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