Mercedes new model is set to create a new milestone in automotive engineering with a world-first for the road. In what could make it the closest thing to driving a Formula One car on the road, the Project One will lift the latest hybrid technology almost “one to one” from the track to the street.
Mercedes says the model will combine racetrack performance with Formula One’s cutting edge hybrid technology, to create one of the fastest cars on the planet.
The components of the high-performance plug-in hybrid EQ Power plus system are based on the exact same model Lewis Hamiton has taken to three back-to-back F1 titles.
Mercedes promises the new Project One will be capable of a mouthwatering 217mph with a 0-124mph ratio of just six seconds.
The 1.6litre V6 hybrid petrol engine will come with four electric motors, one of which will be integrated into the car’s turbocharger.
The F1 experience doesn’t end there with a racing cockpit inspired by the world six-time back-to-back world champions.
Mercedes say the colours and materials selected take their inspiration directly from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ machines with racing seats pre-installed.
The pedals and F1 style steering wheel are also designed with the sport in mind and can be fully adjusted to suit any style of driving.
The sunning new hypercar is set for a limited production run with just 275 individual models set to be made.
The cars are valued at a staggering £2.4million but promises road enthusiasts and experience like never before.
Engineers have now been authorised to test the power unit at its full output on their test track at Immendingen before the car is set to take on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The terrifying circuit in Germany is often considered the ultimate proving ground for speed and performance with the Project One set to be tested on the north loop of the circuit.
The new Project One could even be in contention to break the all-time lap record for a production model which is currently held by the Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4.
The Lamborghini lapped the 12 mile circuit in 6:44.97 seconds but crucially has an engine output of just 770bhp.
The Project One tests have also been conducted to reduce the vehicle’s noise levels.
Although racing fans would rather hear the roaring tune of the F1 engine’s V6 powertrain in action, currency road limits will not allow this.
The current legal limit for passenger vehicles is just 74 decibels which is nothing compared to around 124 decibels which modern F1 cars produce.