Mercedes-AMG has been teasing their Project One hypercar for years at this point, and somehow they’re managing to add even more hype. AMG boss Tobias Moers has stated that is “reasonable to speculate” the car could rival the all-time Nürburgring record set 35 years ago by the Porsche 956.
That record was set way back at the 1983 Nürburgring 1000 km by Stefan Bellof. Of course, it won’t be all up to the vehicle, finding the correct driver will make a huge difference, but, nonetheless, it’s quite the statement—onsidering that Project One is destined to be a production car. That production car record is set at six minutes and 47 seconds and is currently held by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
According to Motor Trend, The Project One is set to have a 1.6-liter V-6 and electric motors creating about 1,000 total horsepower. Moers added that the vehicles currently quoted hp is only what its hybrid engine is making on the dynamometer, and that actual numbers would be greater. Top speed is expected to exceed 217 mph, and it has been revealed that the car will generate half its weight in downforce. The Project One will weigh between 1,300 and 1,400 kg, or 2,866 and 3,086 lbs.
With those kinds of stats and boasts, it’s not much of a surprise that the Mercedes-AMG hypercar will cost a pretty penny. Current estimated have is going for £2.4 million, or about $3.3 million. The carmaker has already received 1,100 requests for the forthcoming vehicle but only plans to produce 275. Meanwhile, the car’s black shark fin is a nod to Project One’s racing heritage.
The exterior of the vehicle possesses some pieces of past Mercedes like the CLK GTR, with air intakes similar to the E63. Also, a black shark fin that won’t let you forget the Project One’s racing heritage. Inside, there are two seats, power windows, an infotainment system, air conditioning, and an obviously Formula 1-inspired steering wheel.
Mercedes-AMG imagines that the Project One will bring Formula 1 technology to the streets, and if their boasts end up being true, it seems that they may have finally done it.