Project One Could Beat Outright Nurburgring Lap Record, Says AMG Boss

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has made the audacious assertion that the Project One hypercar could beat the outright Nurburgring lap record, Autocar reports.

The fastest lap ever achieved at Germany’s most famous circuit is a 6 min 11.1 sec lap, set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 at the 1983 Nurburgring 1000km. The current road car record is held by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at 6 min 47 sec.

When you look at the spec sheet of the Project One, it certainly appears to have an edge over any other road car to tackle the circuit. Whereas the GT2 RS has just under 700 hp, the F1-powered Project One delivers between 1000 hp and 1100 hp. What’s more, it has roughly 675 kg of downforce, significantly more than the 911.

Moers refused to comment further on what the Project One has up its sleeve, but the automaker has studied past lap records at the Nurburgring in detail. According to Moers, the most challenging part will be finding a driver capable of extracting the vehicle’s performance.

The Project One boasts an F1-derived engine and a robotized manual eight-speed transmission developed by Xtrac.

If Merc’s hypercar is capable of such a remarkable lap time, just imagine what the Aston Martin Valkyrie or McLaren’s Senna GTR might be able to do…

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  • Bash

    The fact that he said (could) doesn’t add anything to the context. I would like to see the actual lap trial and final number.

  • PK

    of course it can! it’s mercedes after all!

  • Kaisuke971

    It makes sense, the GT2 RS which is surely a fast car but not quite the most extreme thing out there already does a ballistic 6:47. I’d expect something like a McLaren Senna to be significantly faster, and both the Project One and the Valkyrie seem to be a step beyond that. I really hope at least one of those three cars can do something interesting there, just for us the public

  • Jason Panamera

    I’m just waiting for these times, nothing more.

  • Kagan

    Hamilton!

  • Shahul Usman

    doubt they can use their f1 drivers.. but an ex F1 driver maybe? The last line of the article makes no sense.. you think the Senna or Valkyrie is faster the the project ONE? A car that’s essentially the Mercedes F1 car for the street? the one that’s won 4 championships in a row…

    • Why not? But again you need someone who knew Nurburgring, and using Hamilton or Bottas might not be the best since they hardly race there before.

      That’s very fanboy of you, Valkyrie has even crazier aerodynamics than Project One, just because they used detune F1 engine that doesn’t mean it can beat them easily.

  • LWOAP

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Did anyone realize that how fast road car has become? If Project One can achieve those that means we can get a car as fast as Group C… with license plate. That’s just crazy crazy.

  • Elmediterraneo

    They have also to find a driver who can drive that fast ! The Aston Martin Valkyrie, the McLaren Senna or even the Mercedes AMG Project One are all capable of laping the Norschleife under 6 minutes. I hope Mercedes AMG will also build a track only Project One to beat the Valkyrie AMR Pro.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    The only guy who could do it is someone who didn’t care if he died in the attempt. Like Stefan himself unfortunately, not long after he set the ring record.

  • Vassilis

    Because it isn’t ready. They probably will when it is.

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