Frankfurt debut for 1000hp Mercedes-AMG Project One

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Two front-mounted wheel motors add 160hp each (spinning at 50,000 RPM each), and are hooked up to their own single-speed transmission.

With F1 power units often lasting no longer than a handful of races, the power unit is limited to 11,000rpm for reliability and service reasons. With the axle motors, we estimate that up to 80 percent of the braking energy can also be optimally used for recuperation under everyday driving conditions. The rear wheels are driven by a brand new eight-speed gearbox, which can be operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged by kinetic energy recovery from braking and coasting, and by more traditional plug-in methods. Voltage has been doubled from 400 volts to 800 volts too, which Mercedes says allows space saving by reducing cable diameters, and the battery system lies on the floor behind the front axle.

Speaking of which, the engine might be derived from F1 but it has been altered. "At the same time, Project ONE provides an outlook on how AMG will define driving performance in the future", Tobias Moers explains as the Head of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Project One will also be able to undertake short journeys, up to 16 miles, in all-electric mode as a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Each is connected to a front wheel via a reduction gear.

Teaser images of Mercedes' F1-powered hypercar emerge

It seems like Mercedes-AMG is really going full power in the performance auto segment.

Under the skin, the vehicle makes use of adjustable coil-over suspension with push-rod spring struts, carbon ceramic brakes, and the traction control system is three way adjustable - at start-up the system is switched on completely, but a "Sport Handling Mode" raises the threshold before computer assistance steps it.

The massive shark fin obscures vision from inside the cabin, but a roof-mounted camera displays the rear view on a screen in place of a mirror.

The Project One hypercar is a two-seat hybrid performance model that purports to harness the power of Formula One in a road-legal way, one which will pass an MOT and run on fuel from a normal petrol station. Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed that the hypercar will be capable of speeds of more than 217mph. As we already knew from the handful of teaser shots, the exterior design is downright sinister.

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