For a while, it seemed like the Mercedes-AMG Project One was never going to be real. After the concept debuted in 2017, we reported that the F1-inspired hypercar was delayed due to powertrain changes, and then again in 2019 for similar reasons. But over time, we continued to see spy photos and development videos, which suggests that Project One is still in the works. And today, Mercedes-AMG has marked that promise with a new set of images and videos.
By the way, Project One refers to the development project, while the car itself is simply called Mercedes-AMG One – not at all confusing, right?
According to Mercedes-AMG, Project One has now moved from static testing to actual testing, as seen in the video below. For the first time, engineers also placed the finalized power pack in the car. In case you forget, it’s a road version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 that powers Formula 1 cars. Combined with three electric motors, the One’s engine is expected to produce over 1,000 horsepower (746 kilowatts) and speed at 11,000 rpm.
Previous spy videos of the car showed a rather lackluster engine, which left enthusiasts shrugging their shoulders. Don’t worry, AMG says it was only a test phase – the engine rating in today’s announcement is much closer to what we would expect in the drive-ready car. production. In short, they fixed it and the AMG One now sounds like a true spin-off of its open-wheel cousin (Hallelujah!). The same low-pitched howl and electric whine are on display to all, bridging the gap between the road car and the race car.
Deliveries are expected to start again next year, of course barring any further delays linked to the pandemic. All 275 copies of the car are sold, priced at $ 2.75 million each.