What will the Project One be like to drive?

The hypercar is powered by Formula 1 technology

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 auto.

Mercedes-Benz is bidding for star of the show status at Frankfurt with the Mercedes-AMG Project One - a Formula One-inspired hybrid two-seater hypercar with more than 1000hp.

The Project One could cost close to $2.4 million when first deliveries begin in mid-2018. While AMG is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year, the Project One will surely be a great vehicle to do it with.

In addition to previewing an upcoming AMG product, the brand says the Project One is also an exercise in learning more about plug-in hybrid performance models and suspension components.

The vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged by kinetic energy recovery from braking and coasting, and by more traditional plug-in methods. But you at least get a few creature comforts that aren't otherwise found inside Mercedes' Grand Prix competitor, like two big digital displays, air conditioning, and a dock for your smartphone in the center console. That's around the same figure as Lewis Hamilton's race auto, and enough, says Mercedes-AMG, to hurl the Project One from standstill to 200km/h in less than six seconds. No, no. The Project One's powertrain is virtually identical to the one driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to F1 World Championship titles-but made even more potent! It scores the same F1 hybrid technology from the race track and is a fitting tribute to celebrate AMG's 50 anniversary.

Teaser images of Mercedes' F1-powered hypercar emerge

Power for the Project One ultimately flows through an automated eight-speed manual transmission specifically developed for the vehicle. Drivers will harness all of this power with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed automated manual transmission, with shifting duties being handled by paddles behind the steering wheel.

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.

Inside is configured for two, with occupants located in place by carbonfibre seats that are incorporated into the car's monocoque construction.

Pretty much everything about the AMG Project One will be cutting edge.

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