Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG official, Tobias Moers, has confirmed some of details on the upcoming Project ONEhybrid hypercar that’s set to debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. For beginners, Autocar reports that the hypercar’s cost remains in the $2.5 million range.
Further verified by Moers was that the hypercar would have an all-wheel drive system that utilizes two electric motors controlling the front wheels. He stated that less than 275 examples would be developed and more than 1,000 people have already expressed interest in purchasing one. Also, the hypercar will be controlled by a variation of the 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 found in the W07 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racecar and Mercedes-AMG is undoubetly targeting at creating over 1,000 horse power from the hybrid power unit.
Discussing the engine, Moers mentioned that while Mercedes-AMG is basically just dropping in the W07 Solution 1 engine into the hypercar, “We surely have to change something. [An idle of] 3,500-4,000 revs is not that terrific for the road.” Although the engine’s high-revving character will be kept including, “The red line is over 11,000 rpm.” Which “Our F1 engine is far more long lasting than many people anticipate, and if you take a look at the load it should take in an F1 race compared with how it’s likely to be utilized in a street-legal device, you can see it’s going to have a lot less work to do.”
The AMG official likewise validated that the upcoming hybrid hypercar will have the ability to be charged by plugging it into your house wall. Moers specified that after being asked by prospective clients about the issues that arise when developing a Formula 1 car for the street, he said, “This will be a street automobile. You keep it plugged in the garage. You fill it with 98 [octane] when you purchase fuel. That’s it.” Including, the automobile will likely have a pure electrical range of about 18 miles.
Moers also discussed the hypercar’s gearbox. “I can tell you we will be using an automated manual transmission due to the fact that there’s no twin-clutch transmission capable of working with an engine that revs to 11,000 rpm.” When it comes to when we ‘d see the vehicle on the road, Moers told that engineering prototypes are already operating, although Moers didn’t say whether or not they remain in the road advancement phase. He did state that Formula 1 champ, Lewis Hamilton, will be brought in as a development motorist as the automobile gets closer to its launch date.
Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chief, stated that Mercedes-AMG’s “Objective is for [Project ONE] to be the first street legal car with an F1 engine.” And that “it is viewed as the supreme sports car.” The Frankfurt Motor Show begins September 14.