Mercedes launch $2.72 million hypercar with F1 engine

Mercedes AMG Project One launched

Mercedes Benz AMG finally launched the highly anticipated Mercedes AMG Project One on Monday.

The Project One is a brand new hybrid supercar built with a 1000 brake horsepower engine from the 2015 Mercedes Formula One racer.

It has a 1.6l V6 turbocharged hybrid engine. Its top speed is estimated at 350kph and Mercedes say it can accelerate from 0-200kph in under six seconds. To put this in perspective, Bugatti have said its Chiron (currently the fastest production car in the world) can achieve 200kph in 6.5s.

The Project One is made in conjunction with the Mercedes Formula One team.

"Motorsport is not an end in itself for us. Faced with intense competition, we develop technologies from which our production vehicles also subsequently benefit," Mercedes-Benz chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

"We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three constructors' and drivers' world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG Project ONE."

The crankshaft of the Project One is attached to an electric motor called the MGU-K (Motor Generation Unit Kinetic). Together with the rear wheels, this produces 670hp.

The engine also has a split turbocharger that are connected by a shaft that has a 121hp motor known as the MGU-H (Motor Generation Unit Heat).

This car has one engine and four electric motors. It has single-clutch automated manual variant, and delivers the power to the rear wheelstransmission. The lthium-ion battery's all electric range is 40km.

More will be revealed about it at the Frankfurt Motor Show where petrol heads are hoping that they will get a comprehensive comparison the Red Bull and Aston Martin’s tech heavy lovechild the Valkyrie.

The dream of every car lover to drive a Formula 1 powered road car has finally come true to the tune of $2.72 million. Mercedes are only making 275 Project Ones, and sadly, they have all been ordered.

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