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AMG’s Project One — one heck of a project from one heck of a firm
AMG’s F1-powered Project One means fast cars aren’t fast enough anymore writes Michael Taylor
Most of what follows on Mercedes-AMG’s Formula One-sourced Project One hypercar had to be heavily edited to remove involuntary potty mouth. Lots of it. For example, the Project One concept car will punch from a standing start to 200km/h in six seconds. Six. That’s as long as it took me to read that last sentence and quicker than a Bugatti Chiron. The top speed of the thinly veiled concept is "over" 350km/h, which doesn’t seem like much in a Chiron world, but it’s plenty once you’re there. There’s also in excess of 1,000 horsepower, more than 740kW of system power, scrabbling at the road through an eight-speed gearbox. Its tiny 1.6l single-turbo V6 engine crunches out more than 500kW, spinning out to an 11,000 rev limit, and claims more than 40% thermal efficiency. All this, and it can drive as a zero-emission electric car for 25km when it needs to. "The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the first Formula One car with MOT [ministry of transport] approval," says Ola Källenius, Daimler’s boa...