At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor show, Mercedes-AMG presented its Formula 1 inspired hypercar - the Project One. The engines of the AMG Project One can go from 0-200 kmph in less than six second and can attain a top speed of 350 kmph. The Mercedes-AMG Project One gets a 1.6-litre V6 electrically assisted direct injection petrol powerplant that has been derived from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle.
With plug-in hybrid drive technology, the Project One uses electric motors for the driven front axle, with rotor revolutions up to 50,000rpm, which Mercedes claims is a huge step up from the now available 20,000rpm rotors.
Power is delivered to the road through all four wheels: the rears fed by the V6 and its electric motors, while the fronts each have an additional 60kW motor. The front wheel drive motors spin to a remarkable 50,000 rpm, well beyond the performance of current 20,000 rpm electric motors.
"Inside it's more business than luxury, with deep bucket seats, square steering wheel with F1 controls and a pair of 10" screens feeding information. Oh, and it can travel from 0 to 124 miles per hour in 6 seconds. Two of electric motors are mounted on the car's front wheels, essentially making it an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Mercedes sought to deflect potential criticism that the auto is a waste of resources and money, saying engineers hope to obtain "extensive findings" about its performance that will later benefit production AMG cars. Go ogle this unbelievable supercar in our Mercedes-Benz Project One gallery and ask yourself who will ever drive this in the all-electric mode.
Hard to say at this stage which one will be actually quicker but the Project One will certainly give the Valkyriea run for its money.
Time for some raw numbers - the 1.6-litre engine makes 670 horsepower which gives it an unprecedented specific-power figure of almost 420bhp per litre, while each electric motor up front is worth 160bhp for a 320bhp total.
One of the electric motors is housed within the turbocharger itself while the other is installed on the crankshaft.
"AMG's future does not depend on petrol, but on hybridisation and electrification too".
On full electric mode, expect about 25 km (15 miles of range)-it's not exactly a commuter vehicle.
Project One gets classic mid-engine proportions with a low and short nose, a cabin positioned well forward within the wheelbase and a long, flowing tail, while its surfaces are characterized by fuller forms in keeping with the appearance of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz models.
All up, the Project One has more than 740kW to draw from, with more than 500kW going to the rears and 120kW each at the fronts. It offers the choice of either automatic or manual modes. The vehicle rides on 19-inch wheels up front, 20-inch wheels at the rear.
Electronics? There are many driving modes including the High Dynamic which is where the fastest times come. It's purportedly the closest thing to actual Mercedes-AMG F1 technology that you can own.
"You open the door, hit the start button and drive".