One of the guiding principles of the Formula One series and other racing series is to use the platform as a testing ground for new technologies that will influence and improve the cars of the future. What Mercedes has done with their Mercedes-AMG Project ONE concept is exactly that.

The collaborative effort that created the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE brought together engineers from AMG HQ in Germany, along with the company’s Formula One operations in Britain. What came out of this collaboration is simply awe inspiring.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Interior

In a nutshell they transplanted the high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system from the team’s F1 car, added in a mid-mounted V6 capable of reaching engine speeds of 11,000 rpm and styled it in a way that Mercedes and the AMG team has been doing for year. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an AMG eight-speed manual transmission.

So how fast is it? Blindingly according to press releases.

AMG pegs total system power at 1,000 hp which can rocket the car from 0-200 km/h in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Project ONE is still a concept, but Mercedes-AMG says the car will be built although output will be limited to 275 units.

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