Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its new hypercar, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, featuring a high-performance hybrid drive system developed directly from Formula One technology.
The unveil of the concept car came Monday at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, and has been lauded as the German manufacturer’s most ambitious project ever undertaken.
“Motorsport is not an end in itself for us. Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three constructors’ and drivers’ world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.”
While featuring a 1.6 liter turbo V6 engine, derived from its F1 car, the Project ONE is also powered by four electric motors, two on the front axle, one inside the turbocharger and another on the combustion engine, each producing up to 120kW.
A full electric drive mode is available, with an estimated range of 25km, although the plug-in system offers “numerous intelligent operating strategies” for optimum efficiency, including through the use of lithium-ion batteries , also developed from the race track.
It’s estimated that the thermal efficiency of the combustion engine with the electric turbocharger (MGU-H) and electric motor on the crankshaft (MGU-K) will be over 40 percent, a previously unattained peak for production cars.
“Our highly efficient hybrid assembly stems from motor racing and the electrically powered front axle generates a fascinating mixture of performance and efficiency,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
“With a system output of over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed beyond 217 mph, this hypercar handles exactly as it looks: it takes your breath away.”
Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers added: “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.”