Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: Testing reaches an exciting phase
The development of the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is finally entering a new phase, bringing it closer to production standard.
Several preproduction models are currently practicing their laps at the company’s own proving ground and technology center in Immendingen. Testing has now also shifted to concentrating more on test tracks. It is now the first time; the project leaders have permitted testing of the comprehensively electrified and highly complexed hybrid power unit with its full output of more than 735kW (1000 hp).
Along with the dynamic test program and some clarification of the car’s driver ability, the development work is also focused on its active aerodynamics. The complicated interaction between the various active components such as the louvres, the air outlets in the front fenders, or the large rear aerofoil is now confirming to be successful even outside the wind tunnel as a means of delivering the car’s exceptional lateral dynamics.
The intent of reaching new proportions of driving dynamics and performance for a road-going vehicle with the Project ONE and consequently set a new milestone in automotive history. The adaptation of a complete Formula 1 drive unit for a hypercar with road approval, which must be able to deliver perfectly in terms of everyday performance and be able to drive in all-electric mode, has amounted to many challenges.
In parallel to the extensive dynamic testing which has been undergone with the project vehicles, the attendant development work continues with this remarkable hybrid vehicle from Mercedes-AMG at the company’s base in Affalterbach. The Mercedes-AMG Project One was initially delayed from its scheduled 2019 launch to 2021, so this news has many eager to see if the Mercedes-AMG Project One will live up to its high expectations.