Mercedes-AMG Is Still Working On That F1-Powered Street-Legal Hypercar

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar
Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar
Photo: Mercedes-AMG

I did not think Mercedes-AMG was serious about putting its 1,000-horsepower Project One hypercar on the road when it was first unveiled in 2017, my skepticism was reinforced by delays, but it doesn’t seem like the Benz boys and girls are quite ready to give up. You can now watch a prototype rip in track testing.

And if you need a reminder on what this car is all about, the initial release promised an F1 powertrain with 1,000 horsepower from a 1.6-liter V6 with four electric motors, a top speed of 217 mph, and 60 mph in under six seconds. Ha, wait, no, I meant 124 mph in under six seconds.

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Mercedes-AMG is claiming early versions of the car can be driven at their “full” intended four-figure HP output. These demo cars have reportedly been whipping around MB’s test track at Immendingen and will be continuously futzed with for some time. Then, eventually, on to “the north loop of the Nürburgring” I guess!

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From a press release:

“The adaptation of a complete Formula1 drive unit for a road-legal hypercar is a tremendous undertaking. This adaption will result in new standards being set for performance in a road-going vehicle, and thus set a new milestone in automotive history for Mercedes-AMG. The Project One must deliver exceptionally in terms of everyday driving as well as its performance capabilities, and also must be able to drive in all-electric mode. In many aspects, such as noise level, the development team ventured into uncharted territory with this project, working with great tenacity and exceptional engineering expertise to find solutions that could be developed to production maturity.”

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Sounds neat, looks incredible, though I can’t say I feel strongly about society needing an F1 hybrid-powered car. Though I probably don’t have to worry about running into one, last time I checked the list price was north of $2,000,000 and less than 300 models were slated for the U.S. market. Though even that seems like a lot. There are really hundreds of people who want something like this?

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Anyway, Mercedes wants you to know its people are still tinkering away on the thing and I think you should give that video clip a watch for the audio track alone. Car sounds wicked.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL

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Sometimes it seems like a waste the amount of engineering that goes into cars like these. Only to have a few hundred people buy them. And then out of those, some will be wrecked from novice drivers, others will get driven as slow as old money driving an S Class& others will sit in a climate controlled garage being barley touched. All though waste the time and resources that went into this.