The 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing vehicle.
Sure, we are actually just minutes away from the official reveal of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, but thanks to the embargo breach of the Germans from Bild we can give you the first five photos of the model.
Speaking of which, in case you were just awaken from a rather long coma, the Project One is set to become the first production road vehicle in history to feature a Formula 1 engine. The steering wheel looks similar to the one in the Mercedes AMG F1 cars, while the dash is also nearly completely devoid of features save a couple of digital screens.
This is really insane for a product road-legal vehicle and it doesn't help knowing that the Project One's shape will be greatly inspired by pure F1 cars. Similarly, Project One can be plugged in to recharge its batteries, while its brakes are regenerative, meaning they can recoup energy that would normally be lost when slowing.
Auto Express has reported most Project One cars have already been allocated, while Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers called it "the most efficient hypercar you can get". The entire powertrain is paired to an AMG eight-speed automatic transmission.
While Project One might look a little more than a classic Le Mans prototype than the F1 Silver Arrow Hamilton is used to driving, he noted they have a lot in common under the sheet metal and carbon fiber. A hypercar with an F1 engine that can be driven on the road, simple as that. The steering wheel, as with Formula One, is where a driver controls numerous vehicle's key performance functions.
A 90 kW motor has been integrated into the turbocharger, another 120 kW motor has been installed directly on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase and two quite special 120 kW, high-speed electric motors on the front axle deliver power to the front wheels. There's a reversing camera on the roof, displayed in the rear-view mirror. Everyone, feast your eyes on the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
Safety As many as 12 pre-production prototypes will be crash-tested in the European Union and US.
Sadly, AMG plans to build just 275 examples, and all build slots have been sold.