After a series of prolonged teasing, the new Mercedes-AMG Project One has finally made its official world debut as the only road legal car with a Formula 1 powertrain.
Power is derived from a tweaked version of the W08 F1 car’s hybrid system consisting of a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 and four electric motors.
As expected from an F1 engine, the two front electric motors are capable of spinning up to 50,000rpm, more than twice the number of revs of the current best motors in the market. The third electric motor is integrated into the turbocharger while the fourth one is mounted directly on the combustion engine.
The pair of front motors along with the electric motor on the engine generates 120kW each, while the one mounted on the turbocharger churns out 90kW. Together, they put out “over 735kW (1000hp)”.
According to AMG, the set up not only eliminates turbo lag but response times are now even better than those of a naturally aspirated V8. This is thanks to the electric motors’ instant torque as well as the electrically-assisted turbocharger which in turn features exhaust gas and compressor turbines that are separate from each other and mounted at an optimum position to the exhaust side and the intake side of the V6 unit, and connected to one another by a shaft powered by the 90kW unit.