It seems like an age since the Mercedes-AMG Project One was first unveiled in September 2017 and while development of the F1-powered hypercar has encountered a few delays in recent years, customer deliveries will begin later this year.
Before that happens, however, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton recently had the chance to check it out up close and in person. While it is unclear how involved Hamilton has been in the development of the car, he certainly seems impressed with what his employer has created.
One interesting thing about this video is that Hamilton refers to the car as the ‘Project One’, as does the official Mercedes-AMG Facebook page. When the concept was initially unveiled, it was indeed dubbed the ‘Project One’ but the German automaker soon dropped the ‘Project’ from its name, simply referring to it as the ‘One.’ It remains unclear what the production model will be called.
Regardless of its name, we have an excellent idea of the performance the hybrid hypercar will provide. Thanks to a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine from a Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 car, as well as four electric motors, the hypercar churns out over 1,000 hp and will hit more than 217 mph (350 km/h). More impressive will be the vehicle’s acceleration thanks to its immense power, torque, and all-wheel drive system.
Unsurprisingly, Mercedes has had to extensively modify the V6 for street use, including reducing its redline to 11,000 rpm. Nonetheless, the AMG Project One is shaping up to be the nearest thing to a Formula 1 car for the road.