This could be the closest clue to the final design of the Mercedes Project One yet.
The F1-inspired Mercedes Project One hypercar is already one of our most anticipated car reveals of the year. Sadly, we have to wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show this September to see the final design in all its glory, but that hasn't stopped some talented designers creating their own mock-ups. While Mercedes has released some teaser shots of the Project One's striking shape ahead of its reveal, this could be our biggest clue to the final design yet.
Mercedes recently showcased the work of its design teams around the world with a huge gallery of images showing current and previous design studies. The German manufacturer runs five Advanced Design studios around the world "which pick up stylistic trends at local level, analyzing them, and applying them to the creative process." Concept cars spawned from these studios include the F015 Luxury in Motion, Concept IAA, and the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. Out of the 100 images released by Mercedes, one scale model design study stands out – a hypercar that bears a striking resemblance to the Project One.
It's missing its distinctive roof scoop, but the rear and side profile roughly match the mysterious silhouettes released by Mercedes, and we also get a possible glimpse at the Project One's front-nose for the first time. This may not be the final shape, but it could well be a work in progress that gives us an insight into the design of the 1,000-horsepower production model, which will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine derived from the company's F1 car, paired with an electric motor. The automaker's design teams also revealed a full-sized clay SUV, possibly hinting at a future production model joining the line-up which could be linked to the electrified Generation EQ revealed at Paris last year.
It's worth noting, however, that the photo was taken in 2014 before the EQ's reveal. Another red scale model shows what looks like a luxury sedan with an illuminated front grille, which could hint at a future Maybach project. Elsewhere, you can also make out a sports car concept which looks very similar to the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept. What do you think about this potential design of the Mercedes Project One?