Mercedes-AMG Project One Owners Won’t Be Allowed To Flip Their Cars

Mercedes-AMG is eager to ensure the forthcoming Project One hypercar won’t end up in the hands of speculators and will enforce a similar contract to what Ford did with the GT.

Auto Motor und Sport asserts that language in the Project One’s contract will prohibit buyers from flipping the Formula One-powered hypercar for a profit.

Last year, Aston Martin made headlines after chief executive Andy Palmer said the British marque will not tolerate Valkyrie owners from selling their desirable build slots. It remains to be seen if Aston Martin will also require customers to sign a contract promising not to sell their vehicle’s once deliveries commence.

Prices for the Mercedes-AMG Project One start at $2.6 million and in the last year, there have been a couple of build slots that have appeared for sale. However, it’s difficult to know if these listings are legitimate but if they are, it sounds as if Mercedes-AMG will do all it can to prevent them from being sold.

As you probably already know, the Project One is powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine used in the Mercedes Formula One car. This engine is joined by two 120-kilowatt electric motors driving the rear wheels and two smaller electric motors powering the front. .

All up, the hypercar pumps out in excess of 1000 hp and will rocket from a standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h) in six seconds. Mercedes says the finished product will also be able to travel for 15.5 miles (25 km) on electric power alone.

Due to the race-derived nature of the powertrain, the internal combustion engine will require a complete rebuild every 31,000 miles (50,000 km).

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  • Six_Tymes

    I suppose everyone here will support this because its merc, but ford its not ok. hypocrites

  • European way is more subtle, apparently people who broke their contract get punishment in form of blacklist.

    • donald seymour

      Wow. Okay. That is a good alternative to court.

  • Brent Morrison

    Lol. No one would want to buy these cars then. It takes a lot of money to just store and maintain them.

    • PK

      tell that to the rich.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    why are all your comments in capitals?

    • Jds65

      You must be new here lol

    • Bill Nguyen

      HE ALWAYS DOES THAT!!! JUST COVER YOUR EARS AND YOU’LL BE FINE!!!

  • BruceWayne

    Yeah i agree with ArcherOnCars, in Europe the punishment is severe and they stick with it, in the US there are thousands of ways to go around it.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    In terms of hypercars, I think this is a bit ugly..and it sounds like it will have ridiculous maintenance costs. I’d rather an Aventador SV J or Koenisegg Agera or even a Pagani Huayra..

    • DMax

      None of those cars are anywhere near this one in terms on technology. It’s basically an unregulated F1 car in a full body.

    • Jds65

      People who drop 3 million dollars on a single car aren’t millionaires.Another million or 2 in maintenance is nothing to them.

  • Ken Lyns

    All Mercedes has to do is cut off parts and service support for any blacklisted owner and the car will be quickly undriveable. These F1 engines with race tune require a team of five engineers and three laptops to get started every morning…

  • OIST AV

    Guys, we only need 10,000 of us to chip in $260 each.

    This way we can each drive 5km around a race track (once) before the engine needs a rebuild.

    Who’s in?

  • Ken Lyns

    I wonder why Mercedes doesn’t just sell them at, say, $5 million. That’ll stop the speculators.

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