Inside Mercedes-AMG's F1-powered supercar

Claudine Rigal
Mai 30, 2017

Mercedes-Benz is set to expand its AMG range for its littlest performance cars.

Mercedes-AMG has revealed the powertrain and underpinnings of the Project One hybrid hypercar at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, offering the world its first taste of the radical performance vehicle.

The internal combustion engine is mated to two electric motors - a 107 hp unit is charged with keeping the turbocharger spooled up on boost at all times, and another 161 hp motor is installed on the crankshaft.

Moers has said that the hybrid drivetrain will be mated to a conventional eight-speed automatic - a dual clutch wouldn't be able to handle the grunt - and the vehicle will have suspension that adapts according to the selected driving mode.

Called AMG Toque Dynamics, the electronically control system mimics the rear wheel torque vectoring effect seen on other less extreme four-wheel drive AMG models.

Mercedes-AMG Project One tech
Mercedes-AMG Project One tech detailsMercedes-AMG

Moers told Autocar "We will complement our successful 45 models with two versions like we do with our larger cars", during the Nurburgring 24 hour race help over the weekend.

Moers is tightlipped on the Project One's overall kerb weight but admits earlier claims suggesting it will tip the scales under 1000kg are premature. "We have to build in all the safety features, including crash structures", he says.

Those buyers will have to take delivery at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany. The hybrid hyper auto also claims an impressive total thermal efficiency of 43 percent.

Basically the engine setup is the same as used in F1 cars. You fill it with fuel. AMG has announced production of its new performance flagship will be limited to 275 units.

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