Mercedes seems to be smarting from the successes Tesla is ramping up in the electric cars parade and is about to push the boundaries for all her competitors with her new project Mercedes-AMG Project One, a 1,000 horsepower hyper electric/gasoline car.
This aggressive looking car is from the get-go destined to be a speed and performance champ as no AMG-badged Mercedes car underperforms. But the surprising part is that it will push out a thumping 1,000hp from a tiny 1.6liter V6 but augemted heavily by 4 electric motors distributed in a complex manner; two 120 kW motors on the front axle, one 120 kW motor mounted to the crankshaft, and another electric motor integrated into the turbocharger.
The result is a car that will happily blast from standstill to 124mph (200kph) in under 6 secs and zoom all the way to 217mph (350 kph) and production should start at the end of 2019.
At an estimated cost of 2.275m Euros ($2,723,288.75) or about over N1bn, it is not for those with shallow pockets. But Benz, please what is that .75 cents doing there?
According to their press release: “The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is the first Formula 1 car with MOT approval. Our highly efficient hybrid assembly stems from motor racing and the electrically powered front axle generates a fascinating mixture of performance and efficiency. With a system output of over 1,000 hp and a top speed beyond 217 mph (350 km/h) this hypercar handles exactly as it looks: it takes your breath away,” Ola Källenius says, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
The 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline motor with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes right from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car. It’s got pneumatic valve springs and can reach an insane 11,000 RPM.
The front axle is driven by electric motors with even more insane RPM numbers: up to 50,000 RPM.
Despite these extreme race car looks the interior of the car looks very simple and technologically sweet and includes a holder for our phones. Well, why not, you are not Lewis Hamilton who wears his earpiece while racing.