The Mercedes-AMG Project One is a road car that sounds like an F1 racer!

Mercedes-AMG has put up a short promotional video of its latest Project One hypercar driving around their Immendingen proving ground.

While the vehicle looks extreme with all the active aerodynamics, the sound emitted is rather tame in perspective, even if the engine can spin over 10,000 rpm. The limited-edition hybrid supercar uses an actual current-regulation Formula One engine, displacing just 1.6 litres.

The turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine and its electrified accessories (800-volt system, turbocharger motor-generator and crankshaft motor-generator) are said to have originated from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 challenger. The team from Mercedes-AMG reported having preserved the original acoustics as much as possible.

As such, the soundtrack from the central exhaust is rather quiet, which also draws criticism in the current Formula 1 races. The work required to have the engine road-legal also took a much longer timeline than expected, causing a delay to the overall project delivery time.

Nevertheless, Mercedes-AMG is developing the powertrain of the Project One to produce over 1,000 hp. Apart from the V6 F1 power unit (targeted to generate over 680 hp), propulsion is also supplied by two front-mounted motors with outputs of 326 hp, making it an electric all-wheel drive supercar.

The Project One is estimated to hit 200 km/h from standstill in under 6 seconds, faster than the Bugatti Chiron Sport that clocks a 6.1-second time and the hybrid Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Top speed is well over 350 km/h.

The camouflage livery used in this video, instead of the usual black with white, has heavy shades of red, perhaps to coincide with Mercedes-AMG’s yet-to-be-announced “E Performance” branding.

Only short scenes of the interior were inserted, but one can imagine being Lewis Hamilton or Valterri Bottas with a steering “wheel” that looks similar to the ones used by them in the racecars.

Mercedes-AMG will be building just 275 units of the Project One and all have been sold carrying a price tag starting from 2.3 million Euro. Deliveries are scheduled to commence from this year.



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