Mercedes-AMG unveils Project ONE at Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes-AMG has lifted the lid on its Project One hypercar.
The design is completely different to any other AMG before it. From the outside its low, sleek profiled body shape is designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and is finished with a very large carbon-fibre fin that sits in the middle of the slatted rear windscreen.
The car is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engine, developing an eye-watering 992bhp. This means the car can travel from 0-124mph in just six seconds and on to a top speed of 217mph.
The gearbox is a super-slick eight-speed automatic with manual controls. This is done via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
The car also has Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel drive system for added traction.
The Project ONE is packed with Formula One inspired technology – the engine itself has a hybrid system directly from the Mercedes F1 car of Lewis Hamilton, for example.
Other similar technology includes a carbon fibre body shell that reduces weight and increases strength.
Head of management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Tobias Moers said: "The hypercar is the most ambitious project we have every undertaken. It marks yet another pinnacle of the successful, strategic development of Mercedes-AMG towards a performance and sports car brand.
"Project ONE raises the bar in terms of what is currently technologically feasible and thanks to its combination of efficiency and performance it represents an absolute benchmark. At the same time, Project ONE provides an outlook on how AMG will define driving performance in the future."
The car isn't actually ready to go on sale yet, with another 18 months of development ahead before customers can start to take delivery.