First Look: The Formula 1 Inspired Mercedes AMG Project One

Even though the Mercedes-AMG Project One is a 1,000-plus horsepower (745-kilowatt) plug-in hypercar, designed in a wind tunnel and inspired by a Formula One car, it hasn’t exactly been praised for its unique design. Thankfully one designer has decided to take Mercedes’ hypercar design into his own hands, and digitally mocked up the Project One with a unique F1-inspired face.

The elongated nose looks like it was ripped directly off Lewis Hamilton’s AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ F1 car. The headlights have been moved from the hood to behind the grille for a sleeker fascia, and the unique angular diffuser gives the Project One a more distinctive look over the production version. Peisert Design’s modified Merc is said to be “visually closer” to Formula One racers – and we’d agree.

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Out back, a singular light bar has been added in place of the standard dual found on the production version. A central brake light has also been added to the spine. The revisions are subtle overall, and give the Project One a more futuristic look.

Bland design or not, the Project One is still an amazing machine. Power comes courtesy of a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine paired to four electric motors. That powertrain allows it to produce 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds, and on to 124 mph (200 kmh) in less than six seconds. Top speed is listed at 217 mph (350 kmh) – and it plugs-in!

The engine is supplemented by two more electric motors, one for each front wheel; they are rated for 120 kilowatts (161 hp) each.  Power is stored in lithium-ion batteries, and Zetsche says that up to 80 percent of braking energy can be recuperated from the front wheels to the batteries. The batteries alone weigh about 220 pounds (100 kg), and in fact, there are four times more cells than in the Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid racing car. The electrical system also runs at 800 volts, which Mercedes says is double the usual voltage of its plug-in cars.

For getting around town (without cause too much of a scene) the Project One can travel up 24 km (15 miles) or so, on electricity alone.

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz does have plans for a successor. Daimler boss and chairman, Dieter Zetsche, said that a follow-up would >ditch the combustion engine entirely in place of a pure electric powertrain

, using the marque’s Formula E expertise. With the production version of the Project One coming in 2019, don’t expect to see a successor until at least 2025.

Source: Peisert Design


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