Is a 1,000bhp hy­per­car re­ally rel­e­vant th­ese days?

Auto Express - - This Week - STEVE FOWLER Edi­tor-in-chief Steve_­fowler@den­ @ steve­fowler

THE un­doubted star of this week’s Frank­furt Mo­tor Show is – as you might ex­pect – a car so bold and so brazen that it de­served its place in his­tory even be­fore the cov­ers came off.

Mercedes-amg’s Project One hy­per­car (above) may not be a beauty, but you can’t ar­gue with the depth of engi­neer­ing that has gone into what Mercedes de­scribes as “the first For­mula One car with MOT ap­proval”. And, you’ll be pleased to hear, much of that in­cred­i­ble work was done by Mercedes-amg’s tal­ented work­force here in the UK.

You can read the full story and marvel over the Project One’s stats on Page 12, but you have to won­der whether there’s still a place for a road car with this level of per­for­mance in 2017?

The big­gest is­sue is where you can en­joy the out­stand­ing per­for­mance on of­fer th­ese days, al­though one would hope that your multi-mil­lion pound out­lay would buy you some se­ri­ous track time to fully ex­plore the Project One (and Lewis Hamil­ton to show you how).

As some­one who be­lieves that 0-30mph is a more im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor of fun th­ese days than 0-60mph, I won­der if the promised in­stant ac­cel­er­a­tion from the Project One’s elec­tric driv­e­train is a clue to the real rel­e­vance of this car.

What the Project One can do that hy­per­cars from Fer­rari, Mclaren and Porsche can’t do is to be a test bed for cars you and I can ac­tu­ally buy. The clever think­ing that’s gone into the Project One will help in the de­vel­op­ment of cars like the hum­ble A-class: the ad­vanced elec­tri­cal sys­tems and mo­tors, the smart use of space, the light­weight tech­nol­ogy. This is the first time for a long time that you can ac­tu­ally see how For­mula One can ben­e­fit real cars, and that makes the Mercedes-amg Project One very rel­e­vant in­deed.

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