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Mercedes-AMG again reminded us the Project One's hybrid powertrain has been directly adapted from Formula 1, including the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine.

Speaking of which, in case you were just awaken from a rather long coma, the Project One is set to become the first production road auto in history to feature a Formula 1 engine. "At the same time, Project ONE provides an outlook on how AMG will define driving performance in the future", Tobias Moers explains as the Head of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Auto Express has reported most Project One cars have already been allocated, while Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers called it "the most efficient hypercar you can get". Drivers will harness all of this power with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed automated manual transmission, with shifting duties being handled by paddles behind the steering wheel. It's perhaps as close as a modern road auto can get to the mythical "Formula 1 vehicle for the road" maxim, as it features a 1086bhp hybrid powertrain closely related to the one you'll find in Lewis Hamilton's Grand Prix challenger. Mounted just ahead of the rear axle, the engine drives the rear wheel. The all-wheel-drive hypercar also features an electrified front axle, with the hybrid's combined output surpassing 1,000 horsepower - enough to top at more than 218 miles per hour (350 kph). The new photo reveals a rear profile of AMG's latest brainchild, days after confirming its top speed would exceed the 350km/h mark.

Lewis Hamilton and the Project One
Mercedes-AMG Project One teased for Frankfurt

Inside the two-place cabins, the seats themselves are integrated into the monocoque and yet have adjustable backrests. Not based on, but THE actual Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ unit that is used by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1. A digital screen linked to a rear-facing camera replaces the rear-view mirror and Mercedes has also seen fit to include a smartphone holder and sat nav. The auto also has an aerodynamic "shark fin" running down its spine that's similar to the one being used on the current F1 vehicle, though that's a more curious choice since the series has banned that piece of tech for next season.

"The hypercar is the most ambitious project we have every undertaken".

Just 275 examples of the Project One will be built, with each selling for around A$3 million.




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