Casual Friday - Project One, Not So Casual
Think of a hypercar, you're probably thinking of some car with a big turbo charged V8 or V10, or in the case of the Bugatti Chiron, a W16. So when Mercedes-AMG decided to throw a new contender into the multi million dollar hypercar market you wouldn't expect it to be with a turbo charged 1.6L V6 hybrid. Say hello to Project One.
This isn't your typical motor though, its the exact motor out of their current Formula 1 car with support from four Formula 1 electric motors. And the turbocharger system is the same electronically assisted one found on the race car. With a system output of over 1,000 hp and a top speed beyond 350 km/h this hypercar handles exactly as it looks. Mercedes-AMG also claims to have achieved 40% thermal efficiency out of this motor for the Project One and are close to achieving 50% for their race engine that could be transferred into this car when its taken from concept to reality.
"The suspension developers also gave their utmost. Multi-link designs are used at the front and rear. The adjustable coil-over suspension has several special features: Both push-rod spring struts have been installed across the direction of travel. The innovative arrangement of the spring/damper unit replaces the function and application of conventional tubular cross members. This solution reliably prevents rolling movements even during very rapid directional changes, without being uncomfortable." - © Daimler AG
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