AMG PROJECT ONE
Mercedes-amg Project One is the closest realisation yet of an F1 car for the road, and yours for $3m
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THE CLAIM of “an F1 race car for the road” is one that has been trotted out plenty of time before; the reality has invariably been a road car that incorporates limited technical elements that happen to be shared with a prototype racer.
However when Mercedes-amg announced it would build a roadlegal hypercar with a drivetrain lifted directly from Formula 1, it was time to take notice. The Mercedes-amg Project One truly has an F1 heart beating in its carbonfibre chest.
The drivetrain’s centrepiece is a mid-mounted 1.6-litre V6 with two electric motors – one
bolted directly to the crankshafthaft to provide additional torque, the second to eliminate lag for thehe engine’s massive turbocharger.er. To allow for the stratosphericc maximum engine speed of 11,000rpm, the four overhead d cams are gear driven and the valvetrain uses pneumatics ratherather than conventional springs.
Power is delivered to the roadad through all four wheels: the rearsears fed by the V6 and its electric motors, while the fronts each have an additional 60kw motor.or. The purely electrically driven front axle allows individual acceleration ation and braking of each front wheel,el, and this torque vectoring is ususedsed to further aid vehicle dynamics.dynamics. The electric motors also allow the Project One to achieve a claimedclaimeed 25km pure electric range.
Project One’s combined systemsysttem output is quoted as in excess ofo 740kw. That’s around the samsameme figure as Lewis Hamilton’s racracee car, and enough, says Mercedes-mercedeesAMG, to hurl the Project One fromfrfrom standstill to 200km/h in less ththanhan six seconds. For comparative purposes, the Mclaren P1 and Laferrari hit that mark in closer to seven. On a road long enough, AMG suggests a V-max beyond 350km/h.