Mercedes isn’t going to take their upcoming Project ONE hypercar around the Nürburgring, according to the head of the AMG performance division.
But they’d totally beat Porsche if they did.
We still haven’t got the full story on the Mercedes-AMG Project One. We know that it’ll have over 1,000 hp, weigh less than 3,000 lbs, and have oodles of technology straight from their Formula One racing team. We can assume based on all of this that any Project One Nürburgring lap time would be extremely fast and we’d love to see Mercedes take on Porsche’s record in the 919 Evo.
Unfortunately, they don’t feel like a Nürburgring record is necessary, according to an interview with Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers in Australian car site Motoring.
“Could we beat the Porsche’s ‘Ring time? We could, probably,” Moers said. “It would be close, but I think we could. I just don’t know what we’d do it for.”
Last June, Porsche set a new record for the fastest car around the Nürburgring with a time of 5:19.55 in their 919 Evo hypercar. The car itself is really a Le Mans racer with all the stops pulled off, allowing it far greater power and performance that is technically allowed in Le Mans racing. It’s also decidedly not road-legal.
Mercedes’ Project One, on the other hand, is based on Formula One technology applied in a non-race setting. It’s entirely road-legal, although still just about as practical for everyday use as a real Formula One cart.
Moers says that they could do exactly what Porsche did to achieve their record-setting time, but it doesn’t seem all that necessary to Mercedes.
“It’s not a production car and ours is. Theirs is a racing car that isn’t actually fit to race anywhere, in any class, anywhere. It doesn’t have any rules. We have to meet full homologation rules. We could do some things to the aero and take out the air-conditioner and fit some slightly different tires and then I’d be confident about it. But we’re not going to do that.”
The Mercedes-AMG Project One would be truly impressive if it were to leave behind what few creature comforts it has to get its weight even further down below the featherweight 2,900 lbs it already sits at. Extensive use of carbon fiber allows the Project One to achieve weight savings rarely seen on an electrified vehicle.
Of the 275 Project Ones to be built, all have already been sold to the tune of $5 million each.