Mercedes-Benz’ in-house performance brand AMG has revealed its new hypercar, dubbed the Project One, will be powered by a lightly modified F1 engine—that will last for only 50,000 km before a major rebuild is required.
In racing spheres, durability and performance are always diametrically opposed targets—enhancing one generally compromises the other. In the case of the Project One, AMG has gone for a more purist, racing design philosophy where durability has been sacrificed in the name of all-out performance.
“We have an understanding of about 50,000km. This is OK for us. I think that’s good enough,” said AMG head Tobias Moers.
“That’s the life of the engine. Then we do some rework, like in a race car.”
In truth, it’s likely most owners will seldom drive their new AMG hypercar, and it will take years for them to hit 50,000 kilometers—if they ever roll that far up the odometer.
While some competitors such as the Bugatti Chiron achieve more power than the Project One’s target 1,000 hp, they achieve these power figures in engines that are complex and relatively heavy, requiring immense cooling.
This is where AMG’s hypercar will have an edge, with a much lighter, more compact powertrain that produces nearly as much power as its toughest competitors without a similar weight penalty.
Moers says the Project One hypercar will feature a 1.6-litre V6 “100 percent from an F1 car,” capable of revving to 11,000 rpm.
Only 275 examples will be made, each costing €2.27 million ($3,265,000 CAD).