These new photos give us a closer look at Mercedes-AMG's insane F1-derived hypercar.
It's been four years since the original Mercedes-AMG Project One concept debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, and now, after numerous delays, the wait for the production version is nearly over. Mercedes-AMG originally planned to launch the production model in 2019, but developing what is essentially a street-legal Formula One car for the road was always going to be an almighty technical challenge, so delays were perhaps inevitable.
Further delays were also caused by the global pandemic. Mercedes-AMG recently confirmed the first customer deliveries will start in Q3, 2021. Before then, the performance carmaker has treated us to some unseen photos of the insane F1-inspired hypercar looking production-ready on Instagram.
The close-up shots highlight the AMG One's active aero components, such as the active rear wing, a roof-mounted air scoop that optimizes the airflow, air vents in the wheel arches, and a Le Mans-style central spine running along the roof. They also serve to remind us that the hypercar's striking design and advanced technology are derived from Formula One. Looking at the aggressive design, it's hard to believe the AMG One is road-legal.
Powering the Mercedes-AMG One will be a 1.6-liter V6 sourced from the Mercedes F1 W06 racer. Paired with four electric motors, the electrified powertrain will generate over 1,000 horsepower and rev all the way to 11,000 rpm.
Mercedes-AMG hasn't confirmed the total output yet, but this setup is expected to produce around 1,200 horsepower. This will enable the Mercedes-AMG One to accelerate to 124 mph from a standstill in under six seconds and max out at 217 mph making it one of the fastest and most powerful production hypercars ever made.
Only 275 privileged customers will get to experience the mighty Mercedes-AMG One, so it will be a very rare sight on the road. Despite costing $2.7 million, every example has already been sold. These new photos suggest the Mercedes-AMG One is getting closer to production, so we're expecting the final car to debut in the spring or summer before deliveries start in Q3, 2021.