Mercedes-AMG Promises Its Road-Legal Hypercar With An F1 Engine Is Still Happening

Photo: Mercedes
Photo: Mercedes

Remember how Mercedes-AMG promised a road legal hypercar with a Formula One V6 hybrid engine? If you don’t, you can be forgiven. The project was announced in 2017, and nothing much has come of it. But Mercedes is absolutely promising that the cars will in fact get delivered. Soon. In 2021.

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The Project One was intended to celebrate Mercedes’ dominance in F1 by giving driving enthusiasts and/or car-collective obsessives a chance to purchase a car with the very same engine that won the team its championships. As it turns out, it’s somewhat hard to put an F1 engine in a road car and actually have it, y’know, work.

Hence the delay. Mercedes-AMG originally projected the One to be shipping out in 2019, but there have been enough setbacks to push that to 2021 as Road and Track details in a new report from the LA Auto Show. The biggest is meeting global emissions test requirements, which mandate that cars must idly stably at 1200 rpm. The Mercedes V6, however, idles at a whopping 5000. That in itself would be tough, but then, y’know, there’s that whole ‘noise’ thing, too. Even though modern F1 powertrains are pretty quiet, they are still really fucking loud compared to a regular ol’ engine.

Who would have guessed that slapping race engine in a regular car would actually prove to be really hard! Well, Ferrari probably would, as it tried this with the F50. And also Porsche, which took a couple decades to get one into the Carrera GT.

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All that said, customers who can drop 2.275 million euros (around $2.5 million) on a single car are probably rich enough to comfortably wait for that car to show up a little later than expected.

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A road car with an F1 or F1 derived engine sounds like a terrible idea to me if you’re looking for a hypercar you want to drive regularly (as opposed to buying it as investment and keeping it locked away in a garage somewhere).

It reminds me of BMW’s ticking time bomb S85 V10:

https://newatlas.com/bmws-new-v10-engine-in-detail/2896/

Which had a few issues:

https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-problems-commonly-found-on-the-BMW-E60-M5

A road-legal hypercar with an F1 engine sounds like it could be a good idea, but it probably isn’t for most people.

If they make this in very limited numbers, I predict that most of them will be purchased as investments and rarely ever driven.