Mercedes’ latest hypercar uses F1 technology to make a 1000hp

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 12, 2017, 5:44 pm IST
Updated Sep 12, 2017, 5:44 pm IST
The AMG Project One has clever aerodynamics and four electric motors to propel the car to 217mph.
Overall, the four electric motors and the petrol engine produce around a 1000hp.
 Overall, the four electric motors and the petrol engine produce around a 1000hp.

Over the course of time, many sports car manufacturers have tried making a Formula One car for the road and failed miserably for various reasons. Mercedes AMG though has made it possible with their latest hypercar — the AMG Project One. That’s because Mercedes has simply lifted all of the things that drive their World Championship-winning F1 car and stuffed it into this car. The result is a 1000hp hypercar that utilises technology to stay on the road.

For starters, houses a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 motor from the F1 car behind the seats to aid better weight distribution. The motor’s split turbocharger design keeps the hot exhaust gasses powering the turbo away from the compressor, thereby leading to more power through cooler and denser air being fed into the engine. The two sides of the turbo are connected by a shaft that is connected with a 121hp electric motor capable of powering the compressor if there isn't enough natural boost. This electrified turbo is called the Motor Generator Unit Heat or MGU-H.

Apart from the MGU-H, there’s another turbo connected to the crankshaft to fill in the gaps created by the turbo. Also, Mercedes has put two separate turbochargers for catering to front wheels, each producing 161hp, thereby creating a virtual four-wheel drive system. Therefore, these four electric motors and the petrol engine produce around a 1000hp and be completely eco-friendly for 25 miles on batteries alone.

All of that unbridled power is tamed using computers that manage to keep the driver safe while delivering power in the most efficient way. The computer in the car also manages the rear spoiler’s angle so as to generate optimum downforce. That and the massive F1-inspired fin on the hood mean that the air is pressing down the car in the best of ways.

Mercedes will only build 275 example of the Project One, with each of them selling for $2.72 million. And, all of them have already been taken, which means all you can do is drool over this great culmination of technology on wheels.





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