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Mercedes-Benz has been playing up its “dream cars” theme of late, and we now know it’s twisting up the dial on those dreams to hyper—as in hypercar. We talked to head of Mercedes-AMG Tobias Moers at Mercedes’ pre-show gala ahead of the Paris auto show, where we gleaned exclusive details on Affalterbach’s proposed F1-powered rocket.
Among the compelling details, Moers filled us in on what will power Germany’s newest hypercar: “We’re going to use the powertrain of the Formula 1 car. We’re going to use Formula 1 technology like it is. We have to adapt it, but it’s going to be the 1.6-liter V-6,” the AMG boss said referring to the hybridized and turbocharged powertrain (pictured below) that Mercedes currently uses to race at the highest level. Autoblog further reports that the car will sport active aerodynamics and feature output levels expected to be in the 1000-hp range—all fed to the rear wheels—while the engine’s redline will fall between 10,000 and 11,000 rpm.
If there were any doubts about how much will translate from the track to the street, Moers was very clear with us: “We’re not talking about ‘inspired by,’ it’s going to be that engine. It’s the power pack, the batteries—it’s the most efficient engine I know of in terms of dealing with thermal losses.” He added that while the production hypercar’s engine would have slightly decreased efficiency in that regard, it will remain the most efficient one he knows of.

While the AMG chief didn’t give us specific production numbers—and it may depend on interest and demand—he gave us a good ballpark. “It will be more than 100, and less than 500.” We also learned that AMG already has begun gauging interest, as well as taking orders.
When we recently spoke with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, he said that company’s AM-RB 001 currently was in the “friends of Aston” stage, meaning they were reaching out to valued customers and those who might want and have the ability to acquire a car of that magnitude. In asking Moers if this was the case for AMG’s ultimate rocket, he simply said, “We have a lot of friends,” and indicated that they were following a similar strategy of wooing hypercar enthusiasts. They’ll need deep pockets, as Autoblog reports that the car will cost “maybe $2 million, or a little under,” according to Moers, when it arrives in late 2018 or early 2019.




“Everything right now is simulation, digital. We drive the car in the simulator on the Nordschleife. And everything we’re seeing right now”—Moers pauses as the big, uncontainable smile of someone privy to an enticing secret spreads across his face—“well, it’s very promising.” We’ll be eagerly digging to bring you more details on AMG’s ultimate performance machine as we get them.
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The ultra-exclusive hypercar will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower via a performance hybrid powertrain.
Mercedes-AMG has teased its upcoming Project One hypercar, expected to debut at the Frankfurt motor show this summer. Described as the "most fascinating two-seater that will ever hit the road," the ultra-exclusive hypercar will pair a Formula One engine for the rear wheels and electric motors driving the front axles. Together, the power sources are expected to deliver more than 1,000 horsepower.
"It is a project that sets a spectacular milestone on the way to the future of Mercedes-AMG," the company promises.
Speaking at the Detroit auto show, AMG head Tobias Moers claimed the car will be able to run on electricity alone for up to 15.5 miles, according to quotes published by Autocar. It is said to be the first street-legal car with a true F1 engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline mill detuned for use on public roads.
"The red line is over 10,000 even in the street legal car," he said.



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The F1 Engine Powering The Mercedes Project One Will Only Last 31,000 Miles




Share on Facebook Share on Twitter After 31,000 miles, the $2.4 million Mercedes Project One will need to have its engine reworked.
The radical Aston Martin Valkyrie made a grand appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but we still have to wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show in September for the reveal of its main rival: the mighty Mercedes-AMG Project One. But that didn’t stop some juicy details about the mysterious hypercar emerging. We now know that only 275 examples will be produced, each costing $2.4 million. Powering the Project One is a modified 1.6-liter engine from a Formula One car which revs up to 11,000 rpm and produces at least 1,000 horsepower.



All the electric components are sourced from F1 technology too, from the crank motor to the split turbo and the two electric motors on the front axle to send power to all four wheels in conjunction with the engine. That’s all very exciting, but applying fancy F1 tech to a road car comes at a cost. Speaking to Motoring, AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed that the preposterously powerful engine will only last around 31,000 miles before it needs some significant work. “That’s the life of the engine. Then we do some rework, like in a race car,” he said. “But you don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas. You can push the button and it fires up.”




Then again, it seems unlikely that any of the Project Ones that are sold will achieve a mileage anywhere near 31,000 miles. This isn’t a car designed for the daily commute, after all. Tobias also reaffirmed that the engine powering the Project One is “100 per cent from an F1 car.” Of course, some modifications had to be applied to make it road-legal. “You have to reduce compression ratio, for emissions, you have to meet regulations,” he said. “It’s still 1.6 liters. The crank, it is not fully machined anymore, because we have a cast crank. The cylinder-head is cast like the F1 car as well, but it’s the same thing."



"You have to change injection levels, because formula one idle speed is not 1200 rpm, it’s 4000 rpm yeah? So you have to change things to make it feasible and street-legal. That’s it.” We still don’t have any official photos of the Project One, but expect more tantalizing teasers to be released in the coming weeks and months. Until then, the striking renders produced by Jan Peisert are the closest we’re going to get to seeing the final design in all its glory. The final reveal can't come soon enough.
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AMG details Chiron-punching hypercar




The Project One will boast a better power-to-weight ratio than Bugatti's vaunted Chiron.
Mercedes-AMG has released more details about its Bugatti Chiron-slaying hypercar. Named Project One, the model is expected to make its official debut this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Power for the Project One comes from a tweaked version of the 1.6-liter V6 found in Mercedes-AMG's championship-winning Formula One car. Its precise output hasn't been revealed yet, but we know it will be capable of revving to 11,000 rpm. The unusually high redline forced AMG to use an automated-manual gearbox.
The six-cylinder will send its output to the rear wheels with the help of an electric motor, according to a technical diagram published by British magazine Autocar. Two additional electric motors mounted over the front axle will zap the front wheels, and the Project One -- a name that won't be retained for production -- will be capable of driving on electricity alone for about 20 miles.
Combined, the components of the hybrid system will provide about 1,000 horsepower. Adding motors and batteries inevitably adds weight, but Mercedes is confident its hypercar will tip the scale at just 2,860 pounds thanks to the widespread use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber. That figure isn't as impressive as the Chiron's 1,500-horsepower output, but the Project One boasts a slightly better power-to-weight ratio.





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Mercedes-AMG's Street-Legal F1 Car Will Have A Top Speed 'Exceeding' 217 MPH





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The Mercedes-AMG hypercar gives a whole new definition to the word, because it’s been more hyped than Taco Tuesday before the world was supposed to end in 2012. Mercedes said the road car with a Formula One engine in it makes more than 1,000 horsepower, and that its top speed will “exceed” 217 mph. Eh, OK.


Mercedes announced the top speed Friday along with the “Project One” car’s debut, which will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a couple of weeks. The car will surely be cool and all, but the top-speed stats Mercedes tossed in there were a bit underwhelming if it doesn’t “exceed” 217 mph by... a lot.






The thing is, it’s kind of silly to say that. You’re not going to pass a speed-limit sign in a rural desert that says “IDK, do whatever you want,” so paying $3 million for 1,000 horses and 217 mph seems like a huge, silly waste of money for nothing other than the Instagram props and the occasional track day. It feels that way with any ridiculous supercar that’ll never let you reach its full potential in daily life.





But at the same time, like, damn, 217 mph doesn’t seem as impressive as it should. When you’ve got a $3-million Bugatti Chiron so powerful it needs a speed limiter to cap itself at 261 mph before it destroys its own tires, a number like 217 mph sounds kind of tame. (“Tame” as in it’ll only make your stomach feel sick and your legs weak, not the more intense stuff like, oh, disintegrating your tires at 300 mph.)
Anyway, we’ll see Mercedes’ wild-but-maybe-not-as-wild-as-we-thought F1 car for the road later this month. Hopefully it’ll look cool.
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