Mercedes reveals F1-powered Project One hypercar in Frankfurt
Mercedes finally unveiled its much-talked hypercar on Monday in a glittering event, ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The first of its kind, the Mercedes-AMG hypercar under Project One name was driven on the stage by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, after which he was joined by Dieter Zetsche.
"That was more nerve wracking than driving a real Formula 1 car," said Hamilton, who has been helping Mercedes in the development of the car.
"It’s incredible. So, happy to be here, so proud of what Mercedes has created. This is history, no one has done this right way.
"To be a part of this, to help develop this car, this engine. To finally come and see it come to life, it’s magical. When I sat in the car and started the engine, I had the same grin that I have in the F1 garage, so that’s a good sign."
The two-seater sportscar will carry a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 hybrid engine from its F1 car. It will have four electric motors and is said to produce over 1000PS, reach a top speed of 350km/hr and go from 0-200km/hr in six seconds. Only 275 units will be produced of the F1-inspired road car.
“Motorsport is not an end in itself for us," said Zetche. "Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit.
"We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three constructors’ and drivers’ world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.”