Lewis Hamilton Says The Project One Will Blow People’s Minds

Earlier this week, the Mercedes-AMG Project One premiered in Frankfurt with a little help from Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

The British racing driver played a role in developing the Formula One-powered hypercar and told Top Gear that the Project One’s performance will blow people away.

“When you rev this thing and shift up through the gears, it’s just going to be breathtaking. It’s going to be very, very streamlined. And then, it’s got quite a wide track, and have you seen the size of the tyres?

“The problem is that there’s no road car in the world that could come close to what it feels like in my Formula One car. Because of the weight, aerodynamics, the sense of position, the thrill that you get. But this is going to be the closest thing. ‘Cause you’ve got the sound and the technology. I think it’s really going to blow people’s minds. It’s going to be by far the closest thing,” he said.

Speaking to the publication, Hamilton said that he’d been hounding Mercedes to build a supercar for the past ten years, expressing his belief that the German marque could build a better car than Ferrari.

On paper, the MercedesAMG Project One appears extraordinary. It uses a modified 2015 F1-spec 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine that’s joined by two electric motors at the front, one electric motor bolted to the engine and a fourth coupled to the turbocharger. This results in over 1,000 hp and a 0-124 mph (200 km/h) time of less than six seconds.

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  • Dennis James

    It’s probably going to be an F1 car in disguise, complete with the KERS system and some electric engines. But they also mentioned that the engine will need a rebuild every 50.000km. This rebuild will probably need to be done in Germany, or maybe the engine will be swapped with a rebuilt engine, which will still not be quite trivial. But I suppose 50.000 is a lifetime for a supercar like this. No one will use it as a daily driver 🙂

    • Kagan

      I would!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I dunno! That’s getting harder and harder to do these days!

  • b_digital

    it may be fast, but it’s still ugly

    • Mynameis Taylor

      I don’t think it’s ugly, but it’s far to safe for a hypercar

    • Upping the Engineering Game

      This is not a Mercedes-Benz exercise based so much in styling as it is form follows function and engineering prowess.

    • SteersUright

      I disagree. Its stunning from many angles except the front. The front bumper is way too bland, but ties this cars “face” to other more mundane MB’s for that all too valuable “family recognition” factor. I do hope they’ll redo it before production though, it doesn’t match this car at all.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    the driving dynamics may blow people away, but not the design aesthetics. Sorry Lewis.

    • donald seymour

      I love the curvaceous design. It’s simplistic design is very warm and welcoming to my eyes. I know that this will age well. It’s very organic.

      • Bob

        I can see that now. Thank you kind sir.

      • jh

        Front: 918 spyder & mclaren f1 mash-up, rear: aventador sv copy-paste. Some good lines, but very weirdly composed.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I should clarify and elaborate. Yes I love the curvaceous lines too. I even like simplicity of the rear, and the grill intakes. But there is something a bit too reserved with the headlamps. I don’t care for the shape of the lights. I really would have liked to see that AMG grill on the car, with the illusion of no lights at all

  • jh

    ‘Cause you’ve got the sound and the technology’ – i’ve already got that. I own a vacuum-cleaner.

    • Vassilis

      Damn your vacuum cleaner sounds good! Which one do you have?

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