After a long and intense period of engine testing, we’ve finally been given our first look at Mercedes-AMG’s incredible road-going Formula One car as it begins testing at an undisclosed circuit in Britain. With Project ONE set to match the performance of a Formula One car, this news has certainly got the office excited.
Whilst you may have had the pleasure of marvelling at the Project ONE display car that has been gracing the Mercedes-AMG stands at many a motorshow this year (we got to see the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year), this news comes with added excitement as it means we’re one step closer to Project ONE becoming a reality.
As you can imagine, taking the engine from a championship winning Formula One car and placing it into a road car isn’t all that easy. To get to this point, Mercedes-AMG say that they’ve put the 1.6-turbocharged engine through hundreds of hours of high-performance dyno testing and a highly complex digital development process called “Project ONE Virtual Engineering”.
Having passed all of those tests, the incredible engine has finally been placed into real-life prototypes of the Project ONE and, according to Mercedes-AMG, they’re “hard to keep from the public because of their characteristic F1 sound”.
Testing is currently occurring at closed off test grounds and race tracks in England, which means we can probably expect to see Project ONE on public roads in the not too distant future.
What We Know So Far
As the car has only just started testing proper, Mercedes-AMG are yet to discuss all of its official performance specifications. That said, when they originally announced the car, they did give us some rather spectacular stats and confirmation of the chosen power train that they were implementing.
Delivering over 1,000bhp, Project ONE utilises the same 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 and electric motors as the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One car that you’ve seen Lewis Hamilton using to power around the world’s race tracks. Just like the F1 car, multiple electric motors are being used to eliminate turbo lag, whilst another 160bhp e-motor works on the crankshaft and another two 160bhp, 50,000 rpm, electric motors independently drive the front wheels – adding additional power and adding torque vectoring ability to the cars repertoire.
Benefitting from various clever active aerodynamic elements – such as deployable vanes underneath the car and a large active rear wing – and a sleek body that utilises ground effects, Project ONE is said to create more downforce than a modern GT3 racing car.
We’re very excited to see more about this incredible Formula One car for the road and will be sure to keep you up-to-date. If you’d like to learn more about Project ONE in the meantime, be sure to check out our original report here. What are your thoughts on Mercedes-AMG’s new hypercar? We’d like to read your thoughts on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.