The talk of the town seems to be of Mercedes bringing its Formula 1 technology to the public with their impressive Project One. The $2.7 million, 1 000-hp hypercar from Mercedes, according to AMG boss, Tobias Moers, revealed to Autocar recently, that the Project One will generate half its weight in downforce.
The Project One is confirmed to weigh between 1 300 and 1 400 kg, or 2 866 and 3 086 pounds, so, averaging the weight and dividing by half means that the car will generate around 1 488 pounds of downforce. That's pretty impressive stuff, only the McLaren Senna has more at a claimed 1 764 pounds.
Regarding reliability concerns, Moers said the Formula 1-derived engine is certified to last 50 000 km, or 31 070 miles, “It’ll need a rebuild after that.”
The Project One “will be certified under European small series rules, so it’ll go into the U.K. and Europe,” Moers said. “Following successful consultations with authorities in the U.S. and some parts of Asia, it can go there too. But we won’t be selling it in China.”
Powering the Mercedes-AMG Project One is an electrically turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 and a set of 120-kW electric motors to make 1 000-hp, while an eight-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the wheels. The car will go from 0-124mph in less than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 217 mph.
It’s too soon to say whether or not Mercedes will build a successor to the Project One. Said Moers: “You can’t have 10-year plans in an era like this. It’s too disruptive. I never stick to plans beyond four or five years.”
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