FOUR MOTORS FOR AMG’S HYPERCAR
The Mercedes-amg Project One hybrid hypercar will have an engine that revs to 11,000rpm, four electric motors and a weight of less than 1300kg. The car is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed a few extra details about the €2.25 milllion (£1.95m) limited-run hypercar at Geneva.
“I can tell you we will be using an AMT [automated manual transmission] because there’s no twinclutch gearbox capable of working with an engine that revs to 11,000rpm,” Moers said. “We will have four electric motors — one for each front wheel, one on the crankshaft and one on the turbo. We will use the same ‘performance’ battery cells as the F1 cars, which have advantages and limitations; but we will still be able to deliver 30km [18.5 miles] of EV range. And our target for kerb weight is 1300kg.”
Moers has already said the hybrid powertrain in Project One will develop “at least 1000bhp”, most of it from the F1-derived 1.6-litre V6 turbo petrol engine.
“This will not be a topspeed car,” he said. “We will certainly be beyond 350km/h [217mph], but to go far beyond that brings too much compromise for me — to tyres, to aero and to handling balance.”
Moers confirmed that by the time Project One is unveiled at Frankfurt, Mercedes-amg expects all 275 examples of it to have been sold.
“As things stand, we have more than a thousand expressions of interest for the car,” he said.
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