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Supercar Of The Month: Mercedes-Benz Project One

  • Oct 06, 2017
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Out of all the cars taking the stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 'F1 car for the road' grabbed our attention the most. The Mercedes-Benz Project One is supposed to be the most hardcore track car to be up for sale. Ever. The car draws power from a pair of 163PS electric motors mounted on each of the two front wheels. Another 163PS motor assists the internal combustion engine, which adds another 511PS to the mix for a net theoretical output hitting the four-digit mark.


The star of the show, though, is a tiny, mid-mounted, 1.6-litre V6 motor with an electric turbocharger coming straight from Formula 1 cars. It's capable of spinning at 11,000rpm, but won't do so in the interest of longevity. Rest assured though, that the ceiling will still be crazy high. The engine is paired with an 8-speed AMT. There's no 0-100kmph figure available yet, but the carmaker says that it can hit 200kmph in under six seconds and hit a top speed of well over 350kmph.


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The car is said to be capable of absorbing up to 80 per cent of the rotational energy produced by the engine, which is stored in the battery for times when you need insane acceleration. Be easy on the pedal, and you'll be able to cover 25km without spewing harmful gases.


Unlike a Formula 1 car, the Project One has space for two with two 10-inch displays and a flat steering borrowed from the F1 car as is. One of the displays serves as the instrument cluster, while the other handles entertainment duties.


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The Project One costs $2.75 million (Rs 17.9 crore) a piece and only 275 units will be manufactured. Every single one of those has already been booked, so you can pretend that you were reaching for the chequebook.

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