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Mercedes-AMG’s “Project ONE” Hypercar Teased

F1-powered beast will be all-wheel-drive

Jonathon Klein
Jan 10, 2017

Mercedes-AMG dropped a bomb through its Instagram account: the first teaser image of its forthcoming hypercar, Project ONE, a 1,000-hp all-wheel-drive, Formula 1-powered hypercar built not only for the track, but also the road.

Previously rumored to be called the R50, the Mercedes-AMG-built hypercar was said to use the current turbocharged V-6 setup from a Formula 1 race car, complete with KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) and electric motors. The Instagram post confirms that Project ONE will be all-wheel-drive, not rear-drive as Formula 1 mandates.

According to the post, the Mercedes-AMG Hypercar will be "probably the most fascinating two seat that will ever hit the road. The highly efficient and powerful Formula One World Champion drivetrain accompanied by a purely electric and wheel selective front axle drive concept is expected to develop a combined system power of more than 1,000 hp (735 kW) - a true Performance Hybrid."

Mercedes AMG Project ONE teaser Instagram Photo 2/2   |   Mercedes AMG Project ONE Teaser Instagram

Focusing on the "purely electric and wheel selective front axle drive," it sounds like Project ONEwill have a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system. However, unlike most all-wheel drive units, it doesn't sound like the front wheels will be continuously powered. From the post's wording, it appears that front-wheel power will only be applied in certain situations when the car needs to pull itself out of a turn, making it rear-wheel drive most of the time. Looks-wise, the Project ONE's rear end is vaguely reminiscent of the previous CLK GTR road car, with similar louvers and roof scoop.

Ahead of last year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said, "[Project ONE] will set a new benchmark," adding that the car will be very limited, built almost entirely out of carbon fiber, but will still be a car you can use every day. Although, after seeing the specs detailed above and seeing the teaser shot, we're having a hard time believing this car will see much road use. We also heard the car will be the most expensive AMG to date.

The hypercar is still being developed and we likely won't see a running prototype for some time. However, the Geneva Motor Show is fast approaching and automakers have a habit of debuting their new supercars there. Might we see Mercedes-AMG debut its latest and greatest there? We'll have to wait to find out!

Source: Mercedes-AMG via Instagram

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