Mercedes-AMG Project One revealed. AMG’s $2.5 million halo hyper car

This is the Mercedes AMG Project One.This is bringing the technology from the Dominant Mercedes-AMG Formula Car to the street. The most direct transfer of technology being the engine. Current F1 regs dicate that the engine must be a turbocharged 90-degree V-6 displacing 1.6 liters. It must have four overhead camshafts actuating four vales per cylinder and pneumatic valve springs, it cannot rev higher than 15,000 rpm. Mercedes Hyper car is powered by this 1.6 liter v6. Derived from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team but with a few key differences. For the sake of longevity, this V-6 generates at a lower rpm for the street. The Projects One claimed total output is about 1000 horsepower, The combustion in this is making about 520-hp, The power peak is reduced from the race engine’s 11,500 rpm to around 9,000 rpm, even though the redline is still upward of 10,000 rpm. The street version idles at around 1,000 rpm, down from the 4000 rpm in the race car.

In addition to the 161-hp MGU-K motor that is integrated with the engine and driving the rear wheels, the Project One gets two additional 161-hp motors to power its front wheels independently. These motors are geared to the wheels; they have the ability to provide greater regenerative braking and capture up to 80 percent of the deceleration energy produced during regular driving. These motors are independently controlled this allows the motors to provide torque vectoring to improve high speed cornering.The three electric motors produce a combined 483 horsepower in the Project One. This car uses the same type of lithium-ion battery as the F1 car and an upsized version of the race cars 800- volt system. The battery pack in this car is larger than the one used in F1. Part of the reason is to feed the two additional 161-hp motors powering the front wheels. The Project One plug-in hybrid has a claimed range of only 15 miles.

The engine which is mid-mounted is connected to an eight-speed sequential transaxle from f1 supplier Xtrac this hydraulically actuated gearbox can be operated automatically or be shifted by using paddles. This car rides on very sophisticated suspension that borrows F1 design elements. The Project One’s carbon ceramic brake rotors work with the regenerative braking system to reduce speed. The tyres on this are bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres: 285/35ZR-19s on 10-inch-wide wheels in front and 335/30ZR-20s on 12 inchers in the rear.

Mercedes said the Project One has a top speed of more than 217 mph and can accelerate to 124 mph in less than 6.0 seconds. If it delivers on those figures, that acceleration would exceed that of the Bugatti Veyron (zero to 120 mph in 7.2 seconds), the Porsche 918 (the same in 6.7), or any of the other recent hyperexotics that we haven’t tested—in a car with air conditioning, power windows, and the Mercedes COMAND infotainment system.Production is expected to begin in the second half of 2019 with a run of only 275 cars costing about $2.7 million each. We’d suggest that you start saving now, but at this point, all of the Project Ones are already spoken for.

Source: CarandDriver Shmee150


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