As if anything about the Project One was orthodox in the first place.
When Mercedes-AMG debuted the spiritual successor to the SLS AMG in the form of the Porsche 911-fighting AMG GT, there was only one thing missing from the package: gullwing doors. This move was smart on Mercedes’ part, likely done to make the AMG GT more palatable to a wider range of buyers that would otherwise opt for the less attention-seeking 911 as well as to make the GT as easy and cheap to produce as the Porsche.
However, Motoring now claims that Mercedes is desperate to reintroduce eye-catching doors to its lineup and could do so a bit higher in the range. Unfortunately, the AMG GT is as high as Mercedes’ current sports car lineup goes, so the Tri-Star will wait to until the world-beating Project One Hypercar, which will be debuting later this year. Motoring pieced together this crucial bit of news by speaking with Mercedes-Benz head of design Gorden Wagener, who said, “We will have, let’s see, not regular doors!” Of course this leaves open a realm of possibilities, but as a halo car for the automaker, the Project One will take on a handful of design cues from Mercedes of the past.
Wagener clarified by saying, “It will carry a lot of the DNA of Mercedes race cars, even the old Silver Arrows, which have been always very voluptuous.” One possibility is that Mercedes goes with dihedral doors similar to those placed on the iconic CLK GTR, but the fact that the Tri-Star also has a rich history with gullwing doors on cars like the SLS AMG or 300SL means that using them on the Project One would preserve its status as an ode to the past. Like its doors, the Project One itself will be an unconventional machine. Alongside the Aston Martin Valkyrie, it will usher in an era of hypercars that are the product of cutting-edge Formula One technology.
Even with F1 aspirations, the Project One and Valkyrie will be different animals and not the same skeleton concoctions we see on the track given that they are free from the strict limits set in place by Formula One regulators and instead burdened by limits imposed by government regulators as well as expectations that customers usually reserve for road-going cars. Thankfully, head of interior design at Mercedes-Benz, Hartmut Sinkwitz, claims that we’ll be able to alleviate our imaginations of the task of trying to imagine what the Project One looks like during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show where the hypercar will face the world for the first time. Rendering Images by Piesert Design.