Mercedes-AMG Project One Dissected By The Men Who Designed It

From the CLK GTR to the SLR McLaren, Mercedes has made some epic supercars over the years – but nothing quite like the Mercedes-AMG Project One.

The world-beating hypercar aims to take everything Mercedes has learned over the course of the past four years of dominating Formula One racing and apply it to the road.

At its heart sits a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain closely based on the F1 unit and capable of producing around a thousand horsepower in a package weighing less than 2,900 pounds. Impressive as that combination may be, though, there’s clearly a lot more going on with the Project One (or whatever it’ll ultimately be called) than the numbers indicate.

To get the real scoop on what’s gone into Benz’s new groundbreaking hypercar, you’ll want to speak to the men who designed it: Daimler’s chief designer Gorden Wagener, exterior designer Robert Lesnik, interior designer Hartmut Sinkwitz, and AMG’s Philipp Eckert and Vitalis Enns.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    This was made to annihilate lap times, only. Not breathtaking in an aesthetic sense like the Zonda, P1, LaFerrari or the new Apollo IE. Amazing, nonetheless.

    • Kagan

      Zonda and P1 is not aesthetic. Apolleo I don’t know.

      • I always find Apollo IE design is terrible, I don’t see the design philosophy and Apollo themselves didn’t even gives us insight on the car.

        • Kagan

          Not much to see but it is probably not a looker.

          • The design is striking, espsically for young generation who grew up with crazy design supercar but honestly IE is something from GTA V.

          • LWOAP

            Ain’t that the truth?

          • Kagan

            At age of 10 we would have liked it too.

          • Maybe most people, but again at 10 I dreamed of Bizzarrini 5300 :P. (To be fair at that time I didn’t know the history of it or the spec of it)

          • Kagan

            Not to bad but some wrong proportions. When I was 10; It was Countach, Mercedes, BMW…

          • That’s not to shabby yourself mate, I remember as a young lad on why I like old cars and not faster, sharper, much comfortable modern cars. Let’s just say I never regret liking Classics.

          • Kagan

            I tend to like classics with age mostly because today’s cars don’t look to good. So even a Volvo 240 is starting to look interesting today.

          • LWOAP

            Only car I was interested in back then was the Lancer Evo 7 WRC.

            I guess that’s what happens when you grow up playing way too many video games.

          • Oh man remind me of some old video games, GT2 and Auto Modellista introduce me to a lot of Japanese car that unknown at that time.

  • I’m still impressed on how they manage to detune the F1 V6 for road application. I just hope it’s refined and not like Ferrari V12 in the back of F50.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This is Mercedes we’re talking about. They’ve got this thing hooked up.

      • Yep I hope the high powertrain division know what they doing.

  • Bo Hanan

    Love everything but the engine.

    • interesting view, how so?

      • Bo Hanan

        Just give me the V8 in the E63S. Stick that 1.6 in the A-Class.

        • LWOAP

          That a Formula one V6. You can’t fit that and all the other parts associated with it into an A Class.

        • Ah prefer the classic solution eh, fair enough. Still like LWOAP said this isn’t just a regular engine, the high rev line ensured the noise from the exhaust and yeah won’t fit that into A-Class mate.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          I’d actually love to see that happen.

          The M08EQ in the A Class, I mean.

          • Didn’t Merc once make twin engine A-Class, that must be crazy to drive.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Yeah. I want them to make something like that again, just for the hell of it!

          • True that, what happened to bonkers German? We got that, V12 Le Mans engined BMW X5, W12 Golf. Even as a concept it does show that they are fun!

          • Oliver Moore

            This is why I prefer the Valkyrie, performance aside since we do not know, but what’s cooler, a 6.5L V12 or a 1.6L V6? Oh and the V12 isn’t muffled by turbos and can rev just as high as the V6.

          • They have their own USP, Valkyrie is pretty much traditional V12 and I still amaze that when One-77 come out, they thought that One-77 engine is pretty much the top performance of N/A engine and that probably would be the highest ever, then Vulcan show up and Valkyrie will eclipse it.

            In another hand we got literally F1 engine for the road, that is already a big engineering feat and that alone win me in cool factor.

  • Mercedes-Benz Brilliance

    I wonder what beast lies underneath the car cover at the 4:35 minute mark? Anyway, I love the Project One.

  • thunder bolt

    Since when did Prince George of Cambridge become a car designer.

    • yawn

      If you’re going to make an attempt at a joke, try referring to the 4 year old’s father instead.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    it has such a mechanical beastly beauty to it.should be a truly amazing car!

  • smartacus

    i’d LOVE a 1.6 V6
    or even an 2.0 -2.4 V6
    preferably a 120 degree V6

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