Mercedes-AMG’s Undertaking One has landed, and its F1 powertrain has over 1,000 HP


It’s the automotive everybody’s been dying to see, and now it is lastly
right here.

Behold the Mercedes-AMG Undertaking One, a highway automotive outfitted with
the championship-winning powertrain of the current-era Mercedes
AMG Petronas Method 1 racecars.

Unveiled Monday forward of a world debut throughout Tuesday’s opening
day of the 2017 Frankfurt auto present, the Undertaking One is
formally an idea however hints strongly on the world-beating
hypercar AMG will unleash in 2018.

This isn’t a automotive fitted with an F1-derived powertrain
just like the 1990s-era Ferrari F50. No, no. The Undertaking One’s
is nearly similar to the one pushed by Lewis Hamilton
and Nico Rosberg to F1 World Championship titles—however made even

To offer the Undertaking One the additional traction of all-wheel drive,
AMG’s engineers have augmented the F1 powertrain with a pair of
electrical motors on the entrance axle. The result’s that the
powertrain now has 4 electrical motors in complete—every of which
is ready to recapture power to be saved in a lithium-ion

The F1 element consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 with
a break up turbo (the design aids cooling by maintaining the new
turbine away from the compressor) and a screaming 11,000 rpm
redline. The engine is mated to an electrical motor serving to
sending drive to the rear wheels. A second electrical motor is
built-in with the turbocharger to assist spin its compressor as
properly as recapture wasted exhaust power. This combo alone is
good for over 670 horsepower.

The remainder of the automotive’s energy comes from the 2 electrical motors
driving the entrance wheels, leading to a complete output of over
1,000 hp. Curiously, the 2 entrance electrical motors solely
energy the automotive in electrical mode, making it a front-driver when
zero emissions are required.

The batteries, mounted on the entrance to assist weight distribution,
are additionally of the identical know-how utilized in F1 and assist ship
roughly 15 miles of pure electrical vary. In the meantime, the
transmission is an Eight-speed automated handbook.

For the suspension, multi-link designs are used on the entrance
and rear. The adjustable coil-over suspension has a number of
particular options: each push-rod spring struts have been
put in throughout the route of journey to take care of a low
top. The revolutionary association of the spring/damper unit
additionally replaces the operate and software of typical
tubular cross members. The wheels encompass 19-inch entrance and
20-inch rear pairs, shod with 285/35- and 335/30-size Michelin
Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, respectively. The brakes are carbon

Efficiency will likely be thoughts boggling with the power to go from a
standstill to over 124 mph in below seconds, and a high
velocity of over 217 mph.

However the Undertaking One, constructed to have fun AMG’s 50th anniversary
this 12 months, is a lot extra than simply its powertrain. As we
already knew from the handful of teaser photographs, the outside
design is downright sinister. The look isn’t as delicate as
that of the
rival Aston Martin Valkyrie; in true AMG style it’s extra
iron fist in a velvet glove.

What the 2 hypercars have in widespread, although, is a form
nearly fully dictated by aerodynamics. The roof-mounted
consumption and a number of fins all scream F1 automotive, however the closed-off
sections extra intently resemble the strains of a Le Mans
prototype. There are additionally some nods to a previous nice, the CLK
GTR particularly.

The racecar theme continues into the cabin. The steering wheel
seems to be just like the one within the Mercedes AMG F1 automobiles, whereas the
sprint can be nearly fully devoid of options save a pair
of digital screens. Inside, there’s room for 2 with bucket
seats which have adjustable backrests whereas nonetheless being
built-in into the monocoque.

Mercedes-AMG claims this will likely be a automotive that’s driveable
on a regular basis, and to that finish has included two compartments for
storage contained in the cabin behind the seats, an air-con
system, energy home windows, and a model of its COMAND infotainment

Sadly, AMG plans to construct simply 275 examples, and all construct
slots have been bought. The beginning value, not that it issues
now, is 2.27 million euros (roughly $2.73 million). The
first deliveries are due in late 2018 or early the next
12 months—about the identical time Aston Martin will begin deliveries of
its Valkyrie. The following battle will likely be wild.

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