This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is a treasure trove of track-worthy debuts. As California is known for its perfect weather and as the world’s tech mecca, it’s little wonder that we see so many sun-suited cars unveiled here, many of which push the performance envelope, employing the latest in e-hybrid technologies.
For obvious reasons, this is good news for TrackWorthy. We’re releasing a series of short articles highlighting the most exciting track-worthy debuts from the show, including photos, videos and interviews with some of the key people involved in conceptualizing, producing and selling these magnificent cars.
Below is the first in our series, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. Although minimalist in design, Formula 1 engine and technology integration drive performance to the max.
“Never before has racetrack technology been transferred so directly to the road… It is simply breathtaking in every way.” Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Mercedes-AMG
The Project ONE’s lithium-ion battery technology is a direct derivative from Formula 1 as well, although there are more batteries in the road car. The increased battery count grants the Project ONE charge capacity for up to 15 miles of electric-only driving.
Although 100% road legal, “this beast is not exactly tamed,” explains Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Mercedes-AMG. The engine redlines around 11,000 RPM, and “no other road car can claim this figure,” claims Moers. As Rory Lumsdon, PR Manager, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Ltd, admits, not all roads are meant for the Project ONE – its true domain, like its F1 sibling, is the track.
We apologize for the poor audio quality during parts of the video. Sadly, we experienced a technical issue with our mic.
The result is a total power output (V6 plus electric) that exceeds 1,000 hp capable of launching the car to 200 km/h in under six seconds on the way to a top speed of more than 350 km/h.
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