Ac­tive aero aids are crit­i­cal to the Project One’s quest for F1-like per­for­mance

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline - DANIEL GARD­NER

As for the trans­mis­sion, AMG de­scribes the all-new eight-speed unit as a “man­ual”, but you won’t find a con­ven­tional lever to swap cogs. The gear­box is elec­tro me­chan­i­cally/ hy­draulic ally au­to­mated or can be shifted us­ing the steer­ing wheel pad­dles.

The car’s car­bon­fi­bre con­struc­tion and use of the en­gine and trans­mis­sion as a struc­tural mem­ber and mount­ing point for the rear push-rod sus­pen­sion is heav­ily F1 in­spired.

Ac­tive aero­dy­namic aids, too, are crit­i­cal to the Project One’s quest for F1-like per­for­mance. The large rear spoiler ex­tends in two stages to im­prove aero ef­fi­ciency and sta­bil­ity as the air speed in­creases, while a clus­ter of smaller fins above each front wheel also con­trol air flow ac­cord­ing to road speed.

A mon­strous car­bon­fi­bre sta­bil­is­ing ‘shark fin’ in­cor­po­rates the roof-mounted en­gine in­take tract that feeds air to the turbo, while the LED head­light and tail light de­signs mimic the AMG badge with three sep­a­rated rhom­boids.

A sin­gle large-bore ex­haust pro­vides the visual cen­tre­piece of the tail sec­tion and ap­pears to have lit­tle in the way of si­lencers. Tur­bocharged V6 en­gines may have muted the F1 field on race day, but it seems safe to pre­dict the Project One won’t ex­actly be sub­tle-sound­ing.

In­side is con­fig­ured for two, with oc­cu­pants lo­cated in place by car­bon­fi­bre seats that are in­cor­po­rated into the car’s mono­coque con­struc­tion. The seats don’t slide, but ad­justable back­rests, ped­als and steer­ing wheel al­low pas­sen­gers to get com­fort­able.

Mercedes-amg also deemed that air-con, power win­dowswindo and an au­dio sys­tem were ess es­sen­tial, along with stor­age cub­bi­es­cub­bie be­hind the seats, and a cen­tralce com­part­ment with trans­par­ent­transp lid.

As Wheels went to pres press, there were still plenty of undis­closed tech­ni­cal de­tails hid­den un­der the Project One’s com­pos­ite skin, like tyre spec­i­fi­ca­tion and the car’s all-im­por­tant kerb weight.

The bench­marks of hy­per­car per­for­mance, in­clud­ing a Nur­bur­gring lap time, also ap­pear to be on hold un­til the Project One has turned a wheel in pub­lic but, al­ready, the mega Merc looks set to bring records tum­bling.

Just 275 ex­am­ples of the Project One will be built, with each sell­ing for around A$3 mil­lion. We’re ad­vised that nine are headed for Aus­tralia and one for New Zealand.

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