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1000 Hp Mercedes-AMG ‘Project ONE’ begins dynamic testing at Immendingen

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Mercedes-AMG has announced that several prototypes of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE are undergoing dynamic testing featuring the final power unit. With the new testing phase, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar is coming closer to its final production model as several pre-production models are being tested on the brand’s own proving ground and technology centre at Immendingen. Earlier the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar was undergoing static bench tests and has now moved on to the race track indicating that the brand will be launching the new hypercar soon. 

Under the new dynamic testing phase, project leaders have also authorised testing of the highly complex and electrified hybrid power unit with its full output of more than 1000 Hp. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is powered by a Formula 1 derived drive unit for a hypercar with road approval. The hybridised powertrain has been adapted from the championship-winning 2017 Formula 1 car and comes with a 1.6-litre V6 delivering 1000 Hp of power, setting a new milestone in automotive history.

The road approved engine boasts to deliver everyday performance and the ability to be driven in all-electric mode. Along with the driveability, the brand is also working to develop its active aerodynamics with complex active components such as the louvres, the air outlets in the front fenders or the large rear aerofoil which is now proving its effectiveness outside the wind tunnel. The active aerodynamics system will give the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE new lateral dynamics. 

In terms of design and styling, the production version is likely to retain most of the design cues from the Project ONE concept which was revealed in 2017. The hypercar features a set of sleek LED headlamps, a large wing-shaped air dam, active winglets, multiple aero ducts, roof scoop, a centre spine stabiliser, large rear wing and a large wing-shaped diffuser. 

In the next stage, Mercedes-AMG will be testing the performance of the Project ONE hypercard on the north loop of the Nürburgring. Mercedes-AMG will produce only 275 examples of the Project ONE hypercar all of which have been sold for EUR 2.27 Million a piece.