The Mercedes-AMG Project One Concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2017 as a two-seater supersports show car. It brings the very latest and efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the racetrack to the road.
In its infancy stage, the Project One plug-in hybrid hypercar is claimed to churn 1,000 hp and has a top speed of over 350 km/h. Development phase of the Project One quickly became a priority at Mercedes-AMG, after its public unveiling.
Fast forward to 2020, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is now in testing phase and nearing its production phase. In fact, the folks at Affalterbach is already putting out production ready units out on track for rigorous tests on Mercedes-AMG’s very own proving grounds, Immendingen.
The Project One prototypes take on a highly complex hybrid power unit with its full output of more than 735 kW (1000 hp). Apart from power, the test team is working on several refinements to the car’s driveability, driving dynamicsand active aerodynamics. For example, the complex interplay between the various active components such as the louvres, the air outlets in the front fenders or the large rear aerofoil is now confirming its effectiveness even outside the wind tunnel as a means of delivering the car’s exceptional lateral dynamics.
Made to resemble an F1 car fit for the road
What the folks at Mercedes-AMG intended to achieve is to make the Project One as close to an F1 racer, that’s adapted for the road. An F1 drive unit that’s perfect for daily routines and could be driven using all-electric mode. During testing, the engineers tackle issues with noise level, lateral movement and vehicle systems.
When the initial testings are approved, the testing is slated to commence at the North loop of the Nurburgring. The main goal for the test at the Green hell is the performance level of the Project One.