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