Mercedes-AMG has revealed a new car at the ongoing 2017 Frankfurt International Motor show, and it is quite mad even to look at. If what the German marque is saying is to be believed, it would be maddening to drive. No, do not take it negatively. The sort of mad we're talking about is every petrolhead's wet dream.
Presenting Mercedes-AMG's first ever hyper car - the Project One. The statistics given out by Mercedes-AMG is mind-boggling, to say the least. 0-100km/h acceleration figures seems a little too ordinary for Mercedes-AMG, so they have claimed that the Project one would accelerate from 0-200km/h in under six seconds.
Mercedes-AMG, like all sports car manufacturers, wants to draw from their experience in motorsport in the development of their road-going cars. But seems like that too is ordinary, so Mercedes-AMG has decided to take the 1.6-litre engine from their Formula One cars and plonk it into the Project One as it is. Well, almost as it is.
The engine's rev limit would be reduced from 15,000rm to 11,000 rpm, owing to the unavailability of high octane race fuel at most fuelling stations, and also owing to the fact that it does not need to spin at such high speeds. Mercedes-AMG has got more tricks up their sleeve.
The engine, like in Formula One, is turbocharged, but this turbo is electronically assisted and can spin to an astonishing 1,00,000rpm. Further assisting this engine is an electric motor producing 161bhp attached to the crankshaft, which can instantly boost the engine rpm, thereby boosting power and torque simultaneously.
Two more motors producing 161bhp each are mounted on the front wheels, each producing 161bhp. These motors are also capable of regenerating power from braking and coasting, and then sending the electricity produced, back to the batteries. The motors would enable torque vectoring and all kinds of electronic wizardry enabling it to go faster around corners.
So, each front wheel has the power of your high-performance hot hatchback, and a Formula One engine powers the rear wheels. Can it be more extreme than this? Well, turns out it can. Mercedes-AMG has not revealed the exact power and torque figures for the combined drive setup. So, we can expect more monstrous surprises from Mercedes-AMG.
The power figure can definitely be expected to be higher than 1,000bhp, and top speed is expected to be in the range of 350km/h. Pictures of the car reveal some seriously gigantic aero bits on the body and under it. The roof scoop extends into the large shark fin (ultra-cool), the diffuser, splitter, and the spoiler are unlike anything ever-seen before. It even features aero fins on the side skirts.
Even the suspension on this car is top-spec Formula One stuff, with multi-link and adjustable coil overs on all four corners. Push-spring struts installed across the direction of travel obliterates body roll and negates the need for tubular cross members. With such a setup, would there be any comfort? Well, we doubt there would be any.
The same story is carried on into the insides of the hypercar too. The interiors are minimalistic and flooded with carbon-fiber. Contraptions which look like seats, integrated into the chassis look like they are clad in Alcantara. Two screens, six air-conditioning vents, and a few buttons, along with the Formula One styled steering wheel pretty much make up the rest of the interior.
The Mercedes-AMG Project one would cost £2.4 million (Rs 20.37 Crore).
Mercedes-AMG sure know to make some of the most monstrous machines out there. Their cars, always are high on numbers whether it be power output, performance or cost. The Project One is the latest and most extreme example of the Mercedes-AMG phenomena.
Would they ever make it? Given that the hypercar market is only getting hotter by the day, yes they definitely would make it, but in all likelihood, it would not be put into production as it is! Expect a little trimming down of the aero trim.