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Mercedes-AMG Terminates Project 1 Track Car

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A roadster version has also been axed.

According to reports, Mercedes-AMG has decided against building a limited run of track-only versions of its new F1-engined hypercar, the Project One.

We haven't heard much from Mercedes-AMG since it pulled the sheets off the Project One at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rumor has it a production version of the hyper-hybrid show car could be unveiled soon, along with the potential to be the fastest production car to ever lap the Nordschleife.

However, according to a report from Supercarblog.com, that's not the only thing going on in Affalterbach. It seems that until just last month Mercedes-AMG bosses were strongly considering a limited run of 25-50 track only versions of the Project One which was intended to rival Aston Martin's insane Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K Evo, and McLaren's P1 GTR. Additionally, the company was also toying with the idea of an ultra-limited run of just 5-10 Project One Roadsters, but that has also been shelved.

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It's believed that customers have been invited to spec their cars as Mercedes is about ready to put the Project One into production. When it does arrive on the road it will be powered by a 1.6-litre, turbocharged V6 hybrid power unit derived from the Formula One World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car. It's expected to offer a 1000-hp powertrain and Mercedes claims it will reach 62 mph in 2.6 seconds.

However fast owners decided to tick off the miles won't matter as the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 will need to be completely rebuilt by AMG staff after 30,000 miles.

Mercedes is building just 275 units of the road car and 55 of them are coming to the US. Base price of one of these starts in the range of $2.5 million.