Scoop: Mercedes-AMG Project One coming to Dubai

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 by

Daimler Middle East confirms the German carmaker is bringing the much-anticipated 1,000-horsepower AMG Project One F1-car-for-the-road to November’s Dubai motor show

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Auto Middle East can confirm that Daimler Middle East is bringing the much anticipated thousand-horsepower Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar to the Dubai motor show later this year in November.

Developed as a hypercar with Formula 1 technology, the Project One uses a combustion engine and a combination of electric drive on the front-axle to power all four corners with “more than 1,000bhp,” according to the German carmaker.

Competing directly against the Aston Martin Valkyrie designed by former Red Bull Racing aero-wizard Adrian Newey, the Project One will utilise an F1 powerplant which means a force-fed V6 engine displacing 1.6-litres, exactly like the Mercedes-AMG F1 car used every other Sunday by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the wheel.

The Brits decided to go with a lighter, and less complex naturally aspirated V12 power plant developed by Cosworth, also claimed to produce around the region of one thousand horsepower, but without any of the electrical gubbins on board. In order to stay relevant to the top tier of the motor spot world, however, Mercedes-AMG is staying true to current F1 technology.

Scheduled to reach roads by 2019, Mercedes-AMG will sell the Project One in strictly limited numbers retailing from about $2 million each, or more than AED7 million

Daimler Middle East plans to introduce several models at the Dubai motor show, including variations of the new, facelifted S-Class saloon, but the Project One will be the manufacturer’s undisputed star of the show.

Mercedes claims the Project One hypercar will rev all the way to 11,000rpm, featuring anti-turbo-lag technology, and a single-clutch transmission sending drive to the rear wheels (keeping in mind the front axle is electrically driven).

Both the chassis and the hypercar’s body will be made entirely of carbon fibre and composite materials, but Mercedes-AMG’s Project One will weigh significantly more than Aston Martin’s Valkyrie due to the car’s positioning as a useable road car, rather than an out-and-out track day special.

Scheduled to reach roads by 2019, Mercedes-AMG will sell the Project One in strictly limited numbers retailing from about $2 million each, or more than AED7 million. Besides the Aston, this also pits the car against rivals such as the 1,500bhp Bugatti Chiron.

The biennial Dubai motor show kicks off on November 14 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, so make sure you drop in to see the Mercedes-AMG Project One’s regional premiere.

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