Mercedes-AMG Project One: The King Has Arrived With Over 1,000 Horses

After a long period of teasing and playing with shadows, the new Mercedes AMG Project One finally made its world debut as the world’s first road legal car with a Formula 1 powertrain.

Power comes from a reworked version of the hybrid system found in the W08 F1 car, including the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine and no less than four electric motors.

The two front electric motors are state-of-the-art units, being capable of revving up to 50,000rpm when the current best motors in the market rev up to 20,000rpm. The third electric motor is integrated into the turbocharger while the fourth one is mounted directly on the combustion engine.

Each one of the front motors are producing 160hp (120kW), with the electric motor on the engine making the same amount of power and the one mounted on the turbocharger being a 120hp (90kW) unit. Total power output is “over 1000hp”.

Mercedes AMG claims that turbo lag isn’t just eliminated with this setup but the response times are now even shorter than those of a naturally aspirated V8. All this was possible not just because of the torque-fill provided by the electric motors but also thanks to the electrically-assisted turbocharger which in turn features exhaust gas and compressor turbines that are separate from each other and mounted at an optimum position to the exhaust side and the intake side of the V6 unit, and connected to one another by a shaft powered by the 90kW unit.

Just in case you haven’t realized it yet, this isn’t your normal boosted hybrid powertrain, this is some next level engineering that finds its way on public roads for the first time. But what does that mean for the acceleration figures? Mercedes AMG says that the Project One is capable of exceeding 217mph (350km/h) flat out but we already knew that. What we didn’t know is that the Project One is capable of a 0-124mph (200km/h) in less than six seconds. That’s right, six.

Other things we’ve learned include a 15.5-mile all-electric range, a drive system that operates with 800 volts instead of the usual 400, a variable all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring and a sizeable lithium-ion battery pack that uses the same cells, arrangement and cell cooling system with -you guessed it- the Mercedes-AMG F1 car. The company also says that under normal driving conditions, the system recuperates up to 80 percent of the energy needed, which is then fed back to the battery.

Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an all-new automated eight-speed manual transmission developed specifically for the Project One. The gearbox is activated hydraulically and offers both auto and manual modes, with the latter operated via paddles unsurprisingly. A high-strength carbon-fiber monocoque body forms the basis for the car, with the integrated engine and transmission also having load-bearing functions, as both completely support the rear suspension.

The interior gets a pair of 10-inch high-definition displays while the steering wheel with the flattened upper and lower sections hosts the controls for driving modes and suspension setup, the LED shift display and an airbag. There’s also air-conditioning, power windows and a rear-view camera, since there’s no back window.

Mercedes AMG will make only 275 examples of the Project One in left-hand drive only configuration for a price of 2.27 million each ($2.7 million in current exchange rates). All build slots are sold-out at the moment but don’t expect to see the Project One on the streets anytime soon as the company has still 18 months of development ahead of delivering the first production examples.

Post has been updated with live photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show



  • AnklaX

    Except for the front end, pretty hot. Seriously doubt it can stand up to the Valkyrie.

  • Leconte Dave

    Not pretty

    • Honda NSX-R

      Well…it’s not really supposed to be a beauty queen. It’s a pure function over form design. Just my two cents.

    • anonymous

      It wasn’t supposed to be, aesthetically speaking. In engineering point-of-view, it’s a different story.

  • Kaisuke971

    I just hope that both Aston-Martin and Mercedes-AMG will let the journalists/test drivers do their thing so we can have a proper duel between this and the Valkyrie on many racetracks through all type of tests.

    Most of us will never drive or even see these cars, it’s the only way for us to really enjoy the pair (and video games i guess)

    • LWOAP

      I don’t see that happening. Before either car got made they were sold out so most likely they’ll go straight to their owner’s hermetically sealed garage and never be seen again.

  • MP4-12C

    It doesn’t look like a Mercedes AT ALL. That’s my main gripe with it.

  • Six_Tymes

    its not good looking at all, but the specs sound interesting. is that a 1990’s blue wave sticker on the side? please say no… I saw those on GEO Trackers in the 90’s.

    HEY MERC KOENIGSEGG WANTS ITS REGAREA’S REAR DESIGN BACK, and while your at it, give the front end design influence from the 918 back TOO! Other than not looking like a Merc at all, the performance specs sound impressive

    • Ermal Morina

      Design wise,this for sure isn’t the prettiest of the hypercars,but those specs and numbers,are way more important than the overall looks and for that reason only,I don’t mind that much about the looks of it.

  • Ermal Morina

    LOL. AMG simply destroyed the competition with this one.The numbers are truly abnormal for a street legal car.I see this breaking quite easily,all track record without the slightest sweat.
    124mp/h in under 6 seconds,are you mad xD. Let’s remember that bugati chiron does it in 6.5+ sec,which just puts this in perspective of the beast that this thing is.I’m so happy to see this coming to life,I remember 2-3 years ago,in this website,commenting how an AMG hypercar would look like,and seeing it today,makes me so happy.These are good times to be a petrolhead,and hat off to Mercedes for making this insane machine.

    Sorry for being so biased,I just have been waiting for this for such a long time…

  • Puddingpopper

    So excited for this, the headlights tho, wtf

  • Guest

    End lights look like stolen from aventador, front bumper is copy regular models of the brand…too classy for hypercar.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      and your grammar sometimes messed up
      ” front bumper is copy regular models of the brand”

      • Guest

        Hypercars are (usually) one of. And this car is copy regular (big production) models of brand (mercedes if you dont get it) and aventador (another brand named Lamborghini if you dont get it) This is not cool on my opinion
        And sorry, english is not my own language, but guess what? – this is not exam, I just show you what I think about this car …Ooohhooo

  • salamOOn

    so much hype for this? 😀
    it looks terribly dull and weird…..

    • nik

      seriously thooo

    • Matthew Daraei

      I think the hype was mostly for the performance. But the design is not impressive at all. It’s more Japanese, than German!

  • nik

    oh my god what were MB/MB-AMG designers thinking

  • kachuks

    Pic 9 reminds me of an F1.

  • Denzel

    Gives off a McLaren F1 vibe but that’s a good thing

    • Astonman

      I thought the front fender and positioning of the headlights reminded me of the McClaren F1

  • Blade t

    Pretty wild specs on this….

  • disappointed…

    • Sufyan Shahid

      Better than your renders

  • An Existing Person

    I might be in the minority, but I really like the looks of it. I’m looking forward to seeing review and comparison videos, as well as other specs of this beast.

    • Matthew Daraei

      The look I believe is not that bad, but it’s not a German look, and more importantly doesn’t resemble Mercedes’ DNA. But performance wise this car is a monster.

      • supermanuel

        It’s AMG’s first hypercar. I would imagine it’s deliberate that it doesn’t feature any MB design cues.

      • Merc1

        Oh but it does. That face is what the A-Class sedan, CLS and AMG GT4 will all look like more or less. Big openings and smaller slanted headlights. There is also a resemblance to the old CLK GTR and Sauber LM racers too.


  • Matthew Daraei

    I believe Godzilla was the designer’s favorite movie.

  • eb110americana

    “Mercedes AMG claims that turbo lag isn’t just eliminated with this setup but the response times are now even shorter than those of a naturally aspirated V8.”

    This is what I have been saying about electric turbocharging all along! With an electric motor, you can spool up full turbo boost in a fraction of a second, which is not only faster than a regular turbo could build exhaust backpressure, but also faster than a supercharger that is mechanically linked to engine RPM.

  • eb110americana

    I like it. Finally a current sports car with some curves instead of edges! It actually reminds me of what a modern McLaren F1 might look like. Hopefully they make enough of them that I get to see one in person at some point.

  • lagunas3ca

    Nice Gemballa 918.

    • Six_Tymes

      HA! How true

  • fabri99

    It reminds me of the Lotec Sirius (which was Mercedes engineered, wasn’t it?). I’m not to sold on the design, it looks dated and too tacky, but I like the 90s feel of the whole thing. Hopefully performance-wise it will be able to match the best in class, but I’m not sure it will be just as cool. A bit of a missed opportunity, if you ask me…

    • Ermal Morina

      “Hopefully performance-wise it will be able to match the best in class” man I honestly don’t know what car compares and matches this car’s perfomance.The way I’m seeing this,and anticipating,I think this straight up,will demolish the competition (let’s see what Aston Martin does with it’s hypercar).
      About the looks tho,nope,definitely not the most “jaw dropping” design,but the figures,without a doubt,are the most “jaw dropping” ones.

      • fabri99

        Well, hypercars in general. Figures are not the full picture. Will this thing demolish a Regera, a Chiron, a Valkyrie? We’ll see I guess.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    what a machine!!!

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Remember the Mercedes C111 of 1970(prototype),and the CLK-GTR of 1998 it will be a”must” in the best places of the world!!!

  • annon

    King of what?. “Mercedes AMG says that the Project One is capable of exceeding 217mph (350km/h)”…based on what???, the bloody Rimac Concept_One has shown & proven more?

    • Michael webber

      Based on the test that they might have done on a private test track. Don’t you think that Mercedes might have tested their own product.

  • gary4205

    Looks like a Porsche.

    Over the top engineering, for no particular purpose.

  • Zed68

    What an ugly thing !!!!!!!

    • Eythan Aldrich

      then what about the aston martin valkyrie? if it’s ugly then get the hell out of here -_-

      • Zed68

        Where did I mention the Aston ?

        • Eythan Aldrich

          just answer the question

  • Six Thousand Times

    A trinket for the super-wealthy but I don’t see the point.

    • Michael webber

      And the McLaren f1 . Ferrari f40 Porsche 959. Where for poor people. Each one of these cars improved the concept of what fast cars where capable off. And if you are a petrol head you should be happy even if you can not afford it

      • Six Thousand Times

        If I could afford it, I’d be bidding on something classic with a V-12. Where would you drive this? You can’t use 1000hp on the streets. A track day? You’d want something much more involving. This is just Extenze in vehicular form. A commodity for investors to trade like shares in a private equity firm, and not a real car. Yes, the F1 and F40 were overrated but the 959 was actually streetable. And also all “hybrids” are lame, I’m pretty sure I’ve explained that to you millennials already.

  • Dennis James
    • nastinupe

      I actually have this model sitting on my office desk. But I have the plaid seats.

  • Jimbo

    I’m not seeing any Mercedes in this. No classic design cue anywhere. Not even in the cockpit.

    Not a bad looking hyper car. But without the Mercedes Tristan, it’s pretty damn generic looking. Other hyper cars by McLaren, Porsche, Aston Martin, etc. Are instantly recognisable.

    • supermanuel

      It’s AMG’s first hypercar. I imagine it’s deliberate that it doesn’t feature any MB design cues.

  • PB

    15.5 mile all electric range. Woohoo. Let the good times roll.

  • nastinupe

    Looks like the exterior was designed in 1997. What a waste of an amazing powertrain.

  • enthusia

    Ghastly. Looks like a homologated mirai.

  • Honda NSX-R

    This is badass.

  • Aus

    I disagree with most of you out there. I really like its front end, the rear is similar to that of the Aventador, but in general I like it

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Well, I was very curious to see it and now I’m like: mmh cool, next!
    P1 and LaFerrari are miles away in terms of design.
    Nothing to say about the numbers: just impressive

  • 59soni

    But that front..

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Fucking hell!!!! Absolutely MENTAL!!!

    It wants to kill you just looking at it!!! Awesome job, AMG!!!

  • is it the new 918 designed by someone comming from Lamborghini?

  • Tinky-Winky

    Without the badges there wouldn’t be any hint that this thing is a Merc. It looks more like a modern interpretation of longtail Mclaren F1 GTR.

  • I’ll put it beside my P1.

  • c3vzn

    Imagine being the engineers on this project after doing all the crazy work needed to bring F1 tech to the road. Then imagine them reading internet comments where 90% of people just comment on the looks. This car is a serious technical achievement and AMG need to be applauded for it.

    • Ermal Morina

      Exactly.I mean,the F1 powertrain should be the main discussion,and there are a lot of people going straight up on the looks of the car.My guess is that,those who jump up immidiately on the design,don’t have a clue what Mercedes has done,putting an F1 powertrain in a street legal car.They for sure don’t watch the sport or know the effort that goes into engineering these powertrains,it takes 1200 engineers,and like Lewis Hamilton said,it is litterally rocket science.
      Yes for sure,the design of a hypercar,or every car for that matter is an essential part of the overall car,but this here,this here is an exception and it needs to be more overlooked imho.(I still think this looks quite amazing,it looks even better on video,and I see this being a true unicorn).
      That’s it.Just my two cents tho…

  • “the company has still 18 months of development ahead of delivering the first production examples”

    • Matthew Daraei

      Actually the car was shown in Live stream yesterday.

  • AnklaX

    I’d like if they revealed how much the 1.6 V6 alone can deliver. That will be quite a revelation as well. In terms of power it’s bloody impressive but how about reliability? We know the engine is supposed to last only a certain distance but there’s more. This is a road car. So you won’t always have a swarm of engineers. So you drive to a party in Monaco, park it and enjoy yourself in that party. Aren’t you more likely than ever to return and see your car in ashes from sitting hot?
    Valkyrie is gonna find it hard to beat this in power but that looks like more of a handling car. It will be interesting to see those compared.

    • supermanuel

      98.5% of these cars will be placed in hermetically sealed storage as investments so the longevity of the engine will likely never be tested by owners.

  • Bob

    I don’t give a sod that it isn’t sexy, what a machine! Did you hear the banshee wail coming from it? Less than 6 seconds to 124MPH?!

    Somehow the Aston looks more interesting though. There’s a lot more drama happening there.

  • SteersUright

    Lexus, take note. Competing in top-tier racing like Formula 1 and producing cars like this get people talking about your brand in a way that shockingly wacky design and even cars like the all new LC500 never will. This sports car is the future. Its a masterpiece of engineering, likely the most advanced in the game at this time, and clearly demonstrates the engineering prowess of your brand. Its also stunning and makes even the awesome Chiron look suddenly vastly outdated and stodgy.

  • TheHake

    Fantastic. But it doesnt look like a Merc at all. In fact, it looks like a VAG product. Porsche in front and Audi A7 back…

  • Stemider

    The front look in unacceptable.

  • Vassilis

    It’s not a looker but honestly, I don’t give a shit. This car is insane. Less than six for 124mph?! There are not enough words really. Very well done AMG!

  • exeptor

    Definitely looks a bit similar from several angles (McLaren F1, 918, Regera, Aventador SV, etc.) and the wow effect is not happening in the pictures, but I do believe it’s one of these cars which has to be seen in flesh and in specific environment and light. Also the 90’s charm (so to say :)) is not something I’m unpleased of. As others stated somehow this feels like a successor of McLaren F1 and in my book it is something very, very good.

  • seriously

    if VW Group can put together a car with just as much power looks good and a luxurious interior for less money there is no reason why this Mercedes has to look like this inside and out. Alot of companies can make race cars how many make a car with race car power beautiful styling and a luxurious interior?


    this car is for chester bennington

  • wins_lord

    No back window? LOL now there’s no way of knowing when a cop is tailgating you.

    • Kagan

      can he tailgate!

  • Bash

    That triangle shape at the center of the steering wheel -with all the colors of the button makes look like a Christmas tree. lol

  • Bash

    Aww My God!


  • AnklaX

    This should be invited to race at LeMans, for points or not.

  • Sjaak

    First price in category most ugly car at Frankfurt 2017

  • SteersUright

    The day that Cadillac and Lincoln can come close to building something like this, is the day they begin to be taken as real competitors to the German luxury brands. Despite many cool concepts, American automakers haven’t displayed engineering prowess on par with the Germans in decades, yet complain its simply a “perception” problem. Cars like this Mercedes are true halo models that build incredible excitement and confidence in the brand. By building cars like the Audi R8, AMG GTR, the Project One, the Porsche 918, the Germans are elevating their game to the highest rung of performance, altogether dismissing American and Japanese luxury brands like they dont even matter, while challenging and perhaps even besting the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti (both Germans now), etc.