Mercedes is car manufacturer well known for their ultra luxurious yet sporty cars, but little did the people know what Mercedes had up their sleeve to enter the super car industry.
The Mercedes AMG Project One is an upcoming limited production plug-in hybrid super car by Mercedes-Benz featuring a technology that is derived from their Formula One cars. It is being built as a competition to the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie. Currently the car is still in concept stage as it has yet to complete regulations.
A finished running concept model of the Project one was unveiled at the 2017 International Automobil-Austellung and presented by none other than Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes absolutely stunned the world with the introduction of their very first super car which meets all the standards required to be a super car. The body of the car focuses heavily on aerodynamics, but still maintains a street car stance. As seen in the above image the air just swoops around the smoothened out edges of the car and the roof scoop swallows air and directs it to the engine to keep it cool, the air vents in the front end of the car takes in air and directs it out of the hood vents to provide downforce over the front axle so that the car stays glued to the road around corners.
The rear end of this car looks just as mind-blowing as the front does. The massive Shark-fin which is connected to the roof scoop works kind of like a wing without the downside of slowing the car down due to weight. Around corners the Shark-fin turns horizontally in the opposite direction to reduce the G-forces exerted on the car which enables it to take corners more efficiently and confidently. It also has massive diffusers again for downforce and a single mounted exhaust, well because it looks cool.
There’s really nothing much to say about the interiors of this car. It stays true to its F1 origin with almost all controls except the Ignition button mounted on the steering wheel with two screens, one showing the tachometer and one showing car details.
The Mercedes Project One will be using a modified 1.6-litre turbocharged 90-degree V6 from their Mercedes AMG F1 race car. The modifications made necessary due to the high revving capabilities of a F1 racing engine. As touched on before this car has a hybrid powertrain with the engine producing 748hp and four electric motors, two of which are placed at the crankshaft and two at the front axle and together they produce 238hp which brings the total up to 986hp. The transmission used will be a Single Clutch variant of the transmission used in their F1 cars which delivers the power to the rear wheels. Mercedes claims the reason for using a single clutch gearbox over a more efficient double clutch gearbox is to maintain the Project One’s lightweight theme. Initially Mercedes will be manufacturing only 275 units, and by April 16th 2017 all orders from the US had already been sold out.
The Project One has opened up a whole new avenue in the automotive industry for Mercedes to explore and by the looks of it so far Mercedes has done a pretty good job. But only time will tell if their able to keep up with the ever rising competition in the super car industry.
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