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Mercedes-AMG: A two seater race horse from the race track

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world première at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main: for the first time, the two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race.

A company statement said the high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1.000 hp and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h.

“The show car combines outstanding race track performance and day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency. This is a world first,” it said.

“We are drawing on our experiences and successes from three constructors’ and drivers’ world championships to bring Formula 1 technology to the road for the first time: in Mercedes-AMG Project ONE”, said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Tech and specs


Mercedes-AMG Project ONE consists of a highly integrated and intelligently networked unit comprising one hybrid, turbocharged combustion engine with a total of four electric motors. The 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car.

Lightning-quick response

The electric turbocharger uses parts of the surplus energy from the exhaust system to generate electricity, and either stores it in the high-voltage lithium-ion or provides additional drive power by feeding it to an additional electric motor.

New all-wheel drive  

There will also be two further 120 kW electric motors at the front axle.  

Thermal efficiency

The thermal efficiency of the combustion engine with electric turbocharger (MGU-H) in conjunction with the electric motor on the crankshaft (MGU-K) will be over a previously unattained peak value of 40 percent.  

8-speed manual transmission

Power is transferred to the rear wheels by an 8-speed manual transmission that has been entirely developed from scratch for the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. It is activated hydraulically and can be operated in automated mode or manually using the shift paddles.

Multi-link suspension

Multi-link designs are used at the front and rear. This solution reliably prevents rolling movements even during very rapid directional changes, without being uncomfortable.

Exterior design: Beauty and the beast

This is a mid-engine concept, with extremely muscular proportions, with the cockpit well forward, large wheel arches, a wasp waist and an extended rear end.

Front view: Powerful and functional

The front view is characterised by the large front apron, the various air inlets of which extend across the entire vehicle width. On the left and right are large, prominent air inlets which are framed by U-shaped flaps and each subdivided by two black horizontal fins. Flat LED headlamps blend seamlessly into the body contours.

Rear end: Fascination and function

The sharp, vertical spoiler lip and the large, two-section diffuser, contribute to aerodynamic efficiency and performance at high speeds. The design of the exhaust tailpipe was adopted directly from the Formula 1 cars.

Interior: Formula 1 for two

The interior design concept of this ultimate driving machine follows function on the racetrack, and this is expressed in the radical design idiom. In the monocoque interior, the reduced components are emphasised in minimalist style both in design and functional terms.

Colours and materials from the racing car

The choice of colours and materials takes its inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car. The sculptured racing seats are in slip-resistant black microfibre, creating an unmistakable association with motor racing. The seat surfaces are interspersed with nappa leather in magma grey and inlays in a sporty textile mesh which optimally assists the air circulation of the seats.