Aston Martin’s “Project 003” hypercar may not get any competition from McLaren.
The mighty Mercedes-AMG One, previously known as the Project One, is one of the most eagerly anticipated new hypercars. It will form part of the next-generation hypercar holy trinity alongside the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Speedtail. Surprisingly, Mercedes didn’t showcase the F1-powered hypercar at the 2018 Paris Motor Show despite announcing a name change and instead chose to shine the spotlight on the all-new GLE, A-Class Sedan, and the electric EQC.
But while Aston Martin has already announced development of a third hypercar, the Project 003, the Mercedes-AMG One is unlikely to get a successor.
“There are no plans [for an AMG Two] at the moment”, Mercedes research and development boss Ola Kallenius told Top Gear. “There is no ‘Two’ in the making. One should never say never [no pun intended, we presume], but for now there is no plan.” AMG is still focusing on the development and testing of the One at a secret site in England, however, so it isn’t surprising that there aren’t any plans for a successor yet.
Since the concept was revealed at Frankfurt last year, details about the One have been extremely scarce. Full technical specifications still haven’t been revealed, but the concept had a plug-in hybrid powertrain utilizing a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine and four electric motors. This setup gave the car a combined output of 986 hp, enabling the One to hit 0-124 mph in less than six seconds and a top speed of over 217 mph.
“It doesn’t feel quiet if you’re on the inside”, Kallenius said when asked about the prolonged silence. “It’s a very, very intense engineering effort. Yes, we made a big splash and said ‘yes we’re going to do it’, but we’re taking a crazy path: an F1 powertrain in a road car.
“You have to be slightly mad to do something like that”, he continued, “but you also have to be an enthusiast, and have the passion of the people in Brixworth and in Affalterbach. Now they’re into the hardcore realisation of the project. The customers are, needless to say, being kept abreast of things.”
Customer deliveries of the Mercedes-AMG One are slated to start in 2019, where it will go head-to-head against the Aston Martin Valkyrie.