Following enthusiastic response to the debut of the Mercedes-AMG Project One by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Head of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche earlier in the year at Frankfurt, plans are now afoot to work out the production logistics of this hyper petrol-hybrid car.
Historically, AMG builds its top end products in Germany and there are suggestions that the car will be partly built and assembled in the UK where both F1 facilities in Brixworth and Brackley will be involved in preparing the body, chassis and suspension components.
The production car will use a modified 1.6-litre turbocharged 90-degree V6 from their Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 race car. According to the boss of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, the engine will idle at 1,280 rpm and top out at 11,000rpm. Some tweaks are expected to meet eventual market legislations.
However, owners of this car have to return their Project Ones for engine refurbishment as it has a shelf life of only 50,000 km. The engine produces 748hp and will be combined with four electric motors (800 volts in total), 120 kW electric motors at the crankshaft (MGU-K), 90 kW electric turbocharging (MGU-H), two 120 kW electric motors at the front axle. These motors will be powered by a single high-performance main battery source. The total power output for the car will be 1,020hp.
Mercedes-AMG will build only 275 units of the Project One over a two-year period with an estimated price tag of over US$2mn a piece. Production is tentatively scheduled to start in 2019.