Welcome to the future.
Since the birth of Formula 1, engineers have been dreaming of bringing the supreme technology to the streets. Following three FIA Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships and three FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championships in succession, this dream is now a reality. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will transfer the latest and most efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology almost one to one from the track to the street for the first time. The performance hybrid will produce over 1,000 horsepower at a maximum speed of over 350 km/h. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will combine stunning racetrack performance and practical Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency. It is not just a tribute to our success in motorsports, but also a strong statement on our way to the ‘Future of Driving Performance’.
Form follows function.
The consistent design of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is based on a simple principle. Each design detail offers a specific benefit for the overall performance of the vehicle. The muscular proportions are based on the mid-engine concept. The cockpit, which is set well forward, the large wheel arches and the wasp waist with its extensive tail are clear pointers to the car’s motorsports origins. The large black front spoiler, with air inlets stretching across the entire width of the vehicle, dominates the front view. Flat LED headlamps fit seamlessly into the body contours. The dynamic roofline features an air inlet which elegantly fuses into the vertical shark fin. The exhaust pipe design with a large round outlet and two further small openings is based directly on that of the Formula 1 vehicles. The highly functional design gives the vehicle a striking, distinct character, unprecedented in this form.
Pure elegance meets pure high technology.
Based on a fusion of performance and practicality, the interior offers no more and no less than an authentic Formula 1 feel both on and off the track. The colours and materials selected for the interior take their inspiration from the Formula 1 racing car. The ergonomically contoured interior with two bucket seats features a futuristic, minimalist style and innovative materials. The pedals and the Formula 1-style steering wheel can be adjusted as necessary. The centre tunnel visually separates the driver and passenger areas and is a functional component of the carbon-fibre support structure. It deftly blends into the monocoque architecture. The sculptured racing seats create an unmistakable association with motor racing. The seat surfaces are interspersed with nappa leather in magma grey and inlays in a sporty textile mesh. The yellow contrasting topstitching is also a distinctive AMG feature.
The components of the high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system EQ Power+ in the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE are based directly on Formula 1 and were realised in close collaboration with the motorsports experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth. It will involve a highly integrated and intelligently networked unit from the 1.6-liter V6 hybrid petrol engine with a total of four electric motors – one has been integrated into the turbocharger, another has been installed directly on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase and the two remaining motors drive the front wheels.
Also published on Medium.