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The Mercedes Project One Could Be The Next Nurburgring King

The radical Mercedes AMG hypercar will apparently lap the Nurburgring "minutes faster" than the A45.

Since the Lamborghini Huracan Performante set a blistering new production car lap record at the Nurburgring beating the Porsche 918 Spyder, there has been a lot of speculation about which production car could potentially beat its 6:52.01 time. Christian von Koenigsegg reckons the One:1 hypercar could set a new record time of 6:40. Then there’s the radical Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, which will lap around the Green Hell “minutes faster” than an AMG A45, according to Road and Track.

AMG boss Tobais Moers told Road and Track that the A45 can set a lap around the Ring in under eight minutes, but he admitted that the Project One is unlikely to beat Stefan Bellof’s 6:11.13 lap time set in a Porsche 956 Le Mans car: "nobody would like to do suicide on the Nordschleife," he said. However, he expects the Project One to be over a minute quicker than the A45’s time, which means it also stands a good chance of snatching the crown from the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Considering its extraordinary specs such as an F1 V6 engine that will produce at least 1,000 horsepower and rev up to 11,000 rpm, not to mention its active aerodynamics, that doesn’t seem unfeasible.

Remarkably, Tobais also says that the Project One will be more fuel efficient than the A45 - as if its performance figures weren’t already mind-blowing enough. “It's the combination of the most efficient combustion engine on the planet – it's more than 40 percent thermal efficiency in the Formula One engine,” he explains. “In the Formula One, it's 47 percent. For Project One, it's 41 percent. That's much more than every other combustion engine you get today. Combine that with electric motors [at the front wheels], with attitude to be always on in the drive mode? Easy.” Unlike the Porsche 918, the Project One will be able to repeatedly set competitive lap times without losing electric power.

“This is my understanding of always on. You have to bring energy back to the batteries, and you need the combustion engine being supportive to bringing back energy to the batteries. But this is part of that thing. We did all the numeric simulations like that." We still have to wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show in September to see the Project One in all its glory, but it’s already redefining our expectations of a hypercar. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being crowned the new Nurburgring king in the future.

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