In an interview with the Autocar magazine, Tobias Moers spoke about the challenges behind the development of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Formula One inspired hypercar and the future strategy of the Mercedes-AMG division.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the AMG Performance Division, the Germans revealed to the public the new Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar. Arriving at the end of a seemingly endless campaign of teasers, Project One stands out both through design and especially through the propulsion system borrowed from the team that has dominated Formula 1 since 2014.
Mercedes-AMG Project One, which has not yet been officially named, will be built in 275 copies (all already sold) at a price of €2.2 million (~ $2.7 mil, £1.9 mil).
The propulsion system is derived from Formula 1: a V6 turbo engine of over 680 horsepower and four electric motors. One of these was integrated into the turbocharger, the second in the internal combustion engine, and the other two propelled the front wheels. The latter offer each 163 horsepower for a total of 326 horsepower. Therefore, Mercedes-AMG Project One reaches over 1,000 horsepower, while the electric autonomy is only 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).
Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers claims that electric cars are the key to the future, as electrification brings efficiency and performance: “My opinion is that electrification will be the key to performance in the future. You get efficiency and performance [from electrification].”
At the same time, he pointed out that Project One is clear evidence that Mercedes-AMG is very serious about electrification. “It will be certified under European small series rules, so it’ll go into the UK and Europe. Following successful consultations with authorities in the US and some parts of Asia, it can go there too. But we won’t be selling it in China.”
According to Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG Project One’s V6 engine has a lifetime estimated at 50,000 kilometers: “[…] the number of engines F1 teams can use in a season is restricted, so they’re much longer lasting. We’ve certified the Project One’s engine to 50,000km (31,070 miles). It’ll need a rebuild after that.”
The power is transmitted to an 8-speed manual transmission that has been developed specifically for this hypercar, while the suspension is multi-ink. Mercedes-AMG Project One reaches 200 km/h (124 mph) in less than 6 seconds, and the maximum speed is 350 km/h (217 mph).
In the interior there is space for two passengers, both seats being integrated into the monocoque. The pedals and the steering wheel are adjustable for the driver to have an ideal position, while a central tunnel separates the driver from the right passenger. The steering wheel has a strong design inspired by the Formula 1 and the driver also has two 10-inch displays: one is slightly raised in front of the driver and the other is located to the right of the center console and is also driver-oriented.
Mercedes-AMG Project One via autocar