The Mercedes-AMG Project One has been spotted on closed courses with some serious camouflage.
Although it’s been spotted by Mercedes’ own photographers, so calling these spy photos is a bit of a misnomer.
In continuing Mercedes fashion, the German carmaker isn’t leaving their spy photos up to the whims of fate that a talented photographer would be able to capture their Project One at just the right angle to get posted online. Instead, Mercedes released a press statement with their own photos that are made to look like spy photos, even though they’re very clearly not. No spy photo looks this good.
On the plus side, we do get a good look at the upcoming Project One through the lens of Mercedes' paid photographers. Curiously, Mercedes decided to still slather their Formula One-based hybrid hypercar in enough camouflage to make you think they were taking it to an open track day at the Nurburgring rather than a closed course in England.
Mercedes has been keeping the Project One behind closed doors for months now performing virtual testing in a digital environment. With that all done, now they’re taking it outside for some fresh air and some real-world data gathering. Taking a complicated hybrid powertrain from a Formula One car and then stuffing it into something even remotely road-legal is a difficult process, it seems.
For those not aware, Mercedes essentially took the engine from their Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Formula One car and built the Project One around it. That means a 1.6-L 90-degree turbocharged V6 at the heart which on its own produces 748 hp. It’s also extremely high-revving, with a redline around 11,000 RPM.
There are four electric motors as well which combine to produce a total of 1,021 hp with the V6. Zero to sixty hasn’t been released, but it’s probably in the 2-second range. Zero to 124 mph is said to be less than 6 seconds. Top speed is a theoretical 216 mph.
Only 275 Project Ones will be built and all of them have already been sold for $2.7 million a pop. Production is set to begin in 2019.