Mercedes-AMG’s highly anticipated limited-edition hypercar, with its internal codename 'Project One', is set to be revealed at the Frankfurt auto show this September ahead of its intended 2018 launch. With an estimated price tag of about $2.1 million, the car, which is not yet in production, but in full development in Europe, is expected to sell out all of about 300 units ahead of the production car’s big reveal.
The Mercedes-AMG chairman, Tobias Moers, confirmed at the recent 2017 Detroit Show that the as-of-yet unnamed vehicle will have a combined horsepower of more than 1,000 and run as an electric vehicle with a maximum range of 15.5miles (25km), but its 1.6-liter turbocharged V-petrol Formula 1 engine would put it in the elite league of other supercars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari laFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, the Aston Martin and the Red Bull AM-RB 001 revealed last year. Since it would be intended to serve as both a road and track vehicle, the engine is expected to be modulated to be street legal with what we suspect would be low-down torque to enable road use.
The Project One, which is being built to commemorate AMG’s 50th Anniversary this year, would not have a single model-year designation since Mercedes-AMG intends to build the 200 to 300 hypercars over the course of the next few years. Though earlier speculations suggested that the model would be named R50, they were shut down by Moers and Ola Källenius, member of the board of management for group research and development, both insisting the automaker had not decided on a name yet and didn't even have a short list of names they felt fit the bill for the hypercar’s uniqueness.
While we can anticipate AMG’s delivery of the production version of Project One at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the first test drives for buyers to test how their new cars will perform on the road will only begin in mid-2018, with final deliveries expected to be rolled out sometime in 2019.
Some good news from the Detroit auto show was that they seem to have concluded on the design and are now focused on the details, though the only official visual indication we have of what the two-seat, mid-engine, all-wheel drive supercar is to look like is a sketch model that was revealed earlier this month at the Las Vegas’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The image shows a large roof scoop and vents on the rear upper panel, which confirms that it will be mid-engined. The car is also rumored to weigh as little as 2,200 pounds with its styling done around a carbon-fiber body. According to Moers, the details being worked on in development are mostly those to do with retuning the Formula 1 engine, developing a suitable gearbox and integrating all of it to create this ultimate sports car.
The AMG performance hybrid would, according to Moers, be "one of the most fascinating two-seaters to ever hit the road”. As such, there is no shortage of potential buyers and the excessive demand is expected to cause the automaker to have to figure out how many will be allocated to each market/region. Aiming to create the company’s best-performing and most impressive car, the car is expected to be brimming with emotional appeal and provide a peek into the future and capability of intelligent drivetrain technology.
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