Mercedes-AMG has been testing the Project One around SPA
It took a little longer than expected but the 1,000 hp hypercar is here
After a two-week break, Formula One is back for the seventh race of the year at SPA-Francorchamps, one of the most popular tracks amongst F1 drivers. Mercedes-AMG has been spending some time at the track ahead of the race with the AMG Project One, a 1,000-hp plug-in hypercar.
The Project One was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is a triumph of technology, which is probably part of the reason why developing the car took a little longer than expected. Now, after completing a series of proving tests at Mercedes' technology centre in Immendingen, Mercedes brought it here to test in in real-world condition on a real racetrack.
It's powered by a 1.6-litre V6, paired with four electric motors. Two of these motors are proper electric engines, located on the front axle, one for each wheel; then there's a Kers-like system plus another similar system which acts as a turbocharger for the 1.6 engine. The combined power output is 1,043 hp and, thanks to the 800-volt electric architecture, the car can also be used in full-electric mode.
Mercedes say the Project One can accelerate from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds which, if confirmed, would actually make it the fastest-accelerating car in the world. As you'd expect, production is limited only 275 units will ever be built, all of which come with a price tag of S$2.72 million, all sold out.