What We Know About Mercedes-AMG's Upcoming Hypercar
Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers spoke with Car and Driver last week at the Detroit Auto Show about the upcoming. Currently known internally as Project One, the hypercar is being built to celebrate AMG's 50th anniversary. Power will come from 1.6L turbocharged Formula 1 engine and KERS assistance system. Power is expected to be rated at 1,000 horsepower. Paired with carbon fiber construction, this promises to be a quick car.
Moers also revealed that production of Project One will not exceed 300 units and that the production model will be shown this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Deliveries are expected sometime thereafter.
How Project One Came To Life
Car and Driver also got the chance to talk with Mercedes’ R&D boss, Ola Källenius who revealed how Project One came to the forefront.
“It was Tobias Moers and Andy Cowell, who runs our Formula 1 powertrain outfit. The two of them came to us [the board] and said, ‘We have an idea…’ ” said Källenius.
“Once you get your mind around something like this—and we are car people through and through—it’s like: Wow, why? And then: Because we can! Then you have to do it in a sensible economic way and present a business plan around it. The combination of the heart saying yes and the engineer in everyone saying yes and then the rational side following means we’re now doing it. It was one of those moments, if you have the opportunity to do something really special, then why not?”
We can't wait to see what Project One brings to the table.
Pic Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Reference: Car and Driver