First Look at Mercedes’ New $2.7 Million Hybrid Hypercar

Mercedes-AMG Project One.

On Monday, Mercedes-AMG unveiled its long-awaited Project One hybrid hypercar concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Project One is packed with technology from the company’s back to back to back World Championship-winning Formula One team.

“Motorsport is not an end in itself for us. Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit,” Mercedes-Benz chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

“We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three constructors’ and drivers’ world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.”


At the heart of the Project One is a hybrid drive unit lifted directly from Mercedes-AMG’s Formula One racer. In total the drive unit can produce more than 1,000 horsepower.

The system consists of a 1.6 liter, turbocharged V6 engine with an atmospheric red line of 11,000 RPMs. The engine’s crankshaft is attached to an electric motor that can virtually eliminate turbo lag while generating electricity by harnessing the engine’s kinetic energy. In Formula One circles, this electric motor is called the Motor Generator Unit Kinetic or MGU-K. The engine and MGU-K duo drive the rear wheels while producing more than 670 horsepower.


The engine features a split turbocharger design that keeps the hot exhaust gasses that power the turbo away from the compressor, thereby leading to more power through cooler and denser air being fed into the engine. The two sides of the turbo are connected by a shaft, which itself is equipped with a 121 horsepower electric motor capable of powering the compressor in case there isn’t enough boost coming from the exhaust gasses. The folks in F1 call this electric turbo the Motor Generator Unit Heat or MGU-H.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Benjamin Zhang