Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 technology to the road

Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 technology to the road

"The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the first Formula 1 auto with (road registration) approval", said Ola Källenius, the man in charge of the project described as "the most ambitious project we have every undertaken". The Mercedes-AMG Project One gets a 1.6-litre V6 electrically assisted direct injection petrol powerplant that has been derived from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle. Just like the Formula 1 vehicle, the Project One will use a turbo-powered 1.6 V6 engine, but it'll only rev up to 11,000rpm, 2,500rpm less than the actual race auto. Behind the cockpit there's a 1.6L turbocharged V6 that sends power to the rear wheels, and a pair of 120kW (161hp) electric motors at the front axle.

The single turbocharged is electrically powered so it doesn't sap the engine, and to achieve those high revs AMG engineers worked closely with the Mercedes-AMG F1 team in Brixworth, UK, to include spur-gear-driven camshafts, and pneumatic valve springs instead of standard mechanical ones which wouldn't be able to cope with the revs. This last one, created to cheat turbo lag and called MGU-H (motor generator unit - heat) in F1 terminology, can rev as high as 100,000rpm.

At the heart of the Project One is a compact, mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6L gasoline V-6 from the F1 race vehicle but tuned for everyday use.

On the inside, the Project One seats two in what Moers described as a "highly functional" interior. This new machine is no exception, offering plug-in hybrid performance for the track as well as the street, allowing it to creep in and out of town without making a peep. The batteries alone weigh about 220 pounds (100 kg), and in fact, there are four times more cells than in the Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid racing auto.

Total system output is in excess of 1,000hp - and that's not to mention that an extra 50hp is at your command using the overboost functionality. From whichever angle you look at it, you know that Mercedes-AMG has done a remarkable job in capturing the essence of a F1-racer and transplanted that into the DNA of the Project ONE. The wheels measure 10 x 9 inches in the front and 12 x 20 inches in the rear.

The high rev engine on the Project One comes with a high-tech turbocharger too. However, it won't come cheap - the Project One is priced at an eye-watering $2.53 million dollars. It can set off with the front motors doing the bulk of the driving, and the electric motor on the crankshaft supporting for bursts of acceleration.

YOU too could drive like Lewis Hamilton if Mercedes-Benz' plans for its sensational F1-inspired and engineered Project ONE concept vehicle ever come to fruition. Although it likely doesn't appeal to anyone purchasing the Project One, the hypercar will be capable of travelling up to 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) on electric power alone. Under relaxed driving, the hypercar can move along using only its two front electric motors. It makes around 160 hp (120 kW), spins to a ridiculous 50,000 RPM, which Moers notes is more than three times faster than a conventional electric motor. However, only 275 units will be built, and majority are already spoken for, as loyal AMG customers have likely had first dibs on them.

Inside, the functional cabin features an F1-styled steering wheel, a large colour display that doubles as the instrument cluster, with a secondary display in the centre.



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