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This is the Mercedes-AMG Project One
12 September 2017, 12:36 | Dawn Berry
Mercedes-AMG has revealed the rear-end of Project One
To give the Project One the extra traction of all-wheel drive, AMG's engineers have augmented the F1 powertrain with a pair of electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and it should look like a really, really pissed-off fish.
The auto that is claimed to be the most aerodynamic street vehicle from the Mercedes-AMG stable is being developed under the name Project One.
The front axle is purely electrically driven, with two 120-kW electric motors.
Our man David Tracy, live on the scene, tells us that in the flesh it looks stunning and better than in the photos. The gearbox is electromechanically/hydraulically automated or can be shifted using the steering wheel paddles. Though the exterior design will be cleaner than the visually awkward, albeit incredibly windswept F1 cars of today, it will have gone through similarly efforts to reduce drag.
The luxury auto maker stopped compiling a list of potential U.S. Project One buyers on March 17, according to Road & Track. Combined with an electric motor that powers the front wheels, the Project One pumps out power of around 1000 horses.
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A monstrous carbonfibre stabilising "shark fin" incorporates the roof-mounted engine intake tract that feeds air to the turbo, while the LED headlight and tail light designs mimic the AMG badge with three separated rhomboids.
Inside is configured for two, with occupants located in place by carbonfibre seats that are incorporated into the car's monocoque construction. There are two 10-inch screens, one in front of the driver and the other in the dash center and beneath it are two ventilation nozzles suspended like a gondola. The electrical system also runs at 800 volts, which Mercedes says is double the usual voltage of its plug-in cars.
Mercedes-AMG claims this will be a vehicle that is driveable everyday, and to that end has included two compartments for storage inside the cabin behind the seats, an air conditioning system, power windows, and a version of its COMAND infotainment system. The mystery has finally been revealed and it's one heck of a scary looking beast indeed.
It will go into limited production of just 275 units each costing $2.54 million.
The local arm of Mercedes-Benz has confirmed nine examples are allocated to Australia and New Zealand.
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