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PostHeaderIcon Don’t Bother Flipping the Mercedes-AMG Project One If You Don’t Want Merc Getting Mad At You

Mercedes-AMG’s promise to keep sales of the Project One hypercar exclusive is taking shape after reports that prospective buyers will have to sign contracts that include clauses preventing them from flipping their vehicles in the second-hand market immediately. Apparently, Mercedes-AMG is making it crystal clear to people with build slots for the Project One that the practice of flipping won’t be tolerated. It’s a move that other automakers have done in recent years, including Aston Martin and Ford, both of whom included similar clauses to customers of the Valkyrie and GT, respectively.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Has Big Plans For The Project One Hypercar

Mercedes-AMG is setting its sights on lofty goals with the Project One hypercar. The German automaker revealed its plans for the hypercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and at least one of those plans involves becoming the fastest car to ever lap the Nurburgring. Notice that we didn’t write “production car” in that previous sentence? That’s because AMG isn’t settling for that piece of the pie. It wants the whole pie, including becoming faster than the Porsche 956 race car that Stefan Bellof used to lap the ‘Ring in a staggering 6:11.13.


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“Speaking in Geneva, the AMG chief admitted that the Project One can generate as much as 1,488 pounds (675 kilos) of downforce at speed”

As far as ambitions go, Mercedes-AMG is definitely shooting for the stars. Company boss Tobias Moers believes that not only is it possible for the Project One to beat the overall lap record at the world’s most famous race track, but it’s also actually possible to do it with very minimal tweaks to the overall composition of the current hypercar. In his mind, the most important thing to eclipse the record is to “find the right driver,” an important piece to achieving that goal, no doubt, but has nothing to do with the car itself.

That’s a serious proclamation of the Project One’s physical makeup and capability, but Moers may actually be on to something here. Speaking in Geneva, the AMG chief admitted that the Project One can generate as much as 1,488 pounds (675 kilos) of downforce at speed. That’s literally a little over half the overall weight of the 2,866-pound (1,400 kilos) car. With that kind of capability, it is “reasonable to expect,” as Moers told Autocar, that the Project One is capable of achieving something that no car in the last 35 years has ever done.


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“Given what it’s reportedly capable of, it’s going to be interesting to see how it does on once Mercedes-AMG finds that right driver.”

Throw in the fact that the Project One has a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, V-6 engine and four electric motors powering it and you have the makings of a car that’s capable of achieving great things. That powertrain, mind you, is capable of producing close to 1,100 horsepower. All that power is sent to all four wheels courtesy of a quick-shifting automatic gearbox. If it’s ever possible for a car to finally unseat the iconic Porsche 956 race car as the fastest car to ever lap the Nurburgring, would you put your money on the Mercedes-AMG Project One?

Given what it’s reportedly capable of, it’s going to be interesting to see how it does on once Mercedes-AMG finds that right driver. At the very least, we could be in for quite a spectacle. It’s very rare these days for a car that costs $2.6 million to have that kind of expectations on its shoulders. Here’s to hoping that we get to see that run sooner than later. The 956’s record has stood long enough. It’s time another car takes that top step on the podium.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Teamed up Again to Bring us the 515 Project ONE

Mercedes-Benz and Cigarette Racing have a long-standing partnership that has given rise to some wild creations in the past. There was the SLS AMG-inspired boat from 2010. There was the Black Series 50’ Marauder Cigarette boat from 2012. Then there was the Cigarette Racing Vision Gran Turismo Concept from 2014. Now the two companies can add the 515 Project One Cigarette boat to its growing collection. Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the 515 Project One is an insane superboat that has as much as 3,100 horsepower at its disposal. It’s meant for the high seas, but with that much power at its disposal, the 515 Project One is nothing short of a certified torpedo in the water. Oh, and it also costs $2 million. A little food for thought to go with those eye-popping figures.


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“The 51.5-foot long Cigarette Racing 515 Project One looks like a million bucks, or in this case, two million bucks.”

The 51.5-foot long Cigarette Racing 515 Project One looks like a million bucks, or in this case, two million bucks. That’s an established fact. It’s even painted in the same silver with matte black accents combination that the actual Project One supercar is dressed in. The boat’s exterior is largely made of Kevlar and fiberglass while the boat’s interior is embellished with enough carbon fiber and Dinamica fabrics to make even the snootiest of aristocrats bend their knees in humility. Nobody’s going to accuse Cigarette Racing of being stingy with the luxury features of the boat.

Complementing the Monte Carlo-level of class and sophistication are two Mercury Racing twin-cam V-8 engines that can produce 1,550 horsepower each on racing fuel. Since there are two of them in there, the 515 Project One is capable of unleashing 3,100 horsepower in Poseidon’s domain. If you can’t handle that much power, there’s an option to get the slightly inferior 1,350 pairing of engines that combine to produce 2,700 horsepower. All told, the 515 Project One is capable of hitting a top speed approaching 140 mph.


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“Of the nine boats that Cigarette Racing has created with the help of AMG, the 515 Project One is without question the most advanced of the lot”

All told, Project 515 is faster and lighter than its predecessor, the aforementioned Marauder. It also offers six additional passengers and 30 percent greater surface area. Of the nine boats that Cigarette Racing has created with the help of AMG — yes, there have been nine of them — the 515 Project One is without question the most advanced of the lot. I don’t know if it’s still worth $2 million after saying all of that, but if somebody buys one and is willing to let me drive it, I wouldn’t be opposed to that idea.

At this point, Cigarette Racing should probably consider bringing its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept to life. It has a pair of 1,650-horsepower Mercury Racing engines, which means that when you put them together, they combine to produce 3,300 horsepower, 200 horsepower more than the most powerful two-engine setup the boat company has in its lineup. It’s lightweight construction also sheds almost 1,000 pounds from its standard spec weight and when you combine that with the more powerful engine configuration, you’re looking at a boat that can safely exceed 140 mph without breaking a sweat.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Drops More Details About the Project One Hypercar

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the right kind of spicy for hypercar-starved fans the world over. But as much as we know about it already, we really don’t know a lot about it from Mercedes-AMG’s perspective. Good thing then that AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed some interesting information about the Project One, including its weight, power estimate, and the amount of downforce it will generate. None of these numbers are official, but if it comes from the man making all the decisions, we’ll take it as the closest thing to gospel.


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“Tobias Moers confirmed that the hypercar will weigh around 1,300 to 1,400 kilos – slightly heavier than the 1,200-kilo (2,645 pounds) weight that’s been reported in the past.”

The first thing Tobias Moers touched on in his conversation with Autocar was the amount of downforce the Project One will generate. In his words, that figure will be “approximately half the weight of the car.” He also confirmed that the hypercar will weigh around 1,300 to 1,400 kilos (2,866 to 3,086 pounds), slightly heavier than the 1,200-kilo (2,645 pounds) weight that’s been reported in the past.

If those figures hold, the Project One will be able to produce approximately 675 kilos of downforce, well short of the McLaren Senna, which Mclaren claims will generate 800 kilos of downforce. The numbers for the Project One are still impressive considering that it doesn’t have as prominent an active rear spoiler as the one the Senna has at its disposal. There’s also the question of at what that downforce figure comes into play. In the Senna, McLaren claims that it can achieve 800 kilos of downforce when it reaches 155 mph. It’s worth noting, too, that the Project One, like the Senna, is capable of lowering its ride height for track purposes, opening the door for an increase in the amount of downforce it generates under it.


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“It’s worth noting, too, that the Project One, is capable of lowering its ride height for track purposes, opening the door for an increase in the amount of downforce it generates under it.”

This feature will also play into the hypercar’s output. We’ve known for quite a while that the Project One will have around 1,000 horsepower at its disposal. Moers, though, made it clear that the stated output is just what the car has at this stage of its development. Its actual output, in Moers’ words, will be 1,000 horsepower “plus, plus, plus.” Don’t get too excited yet because the AMG boss also pulled the reins by saying that he expects the final output to sit below 1,100 horsepower. Either way, that’s still a lot of horses to play around with.

For now, Mercedes-AMG is sticking with its 2019 production schedule. That should be enough time to work on the finer details of the hypercar, including its ability to post record-setting laps when it’s unleashed into the world. According to Autocar, AMG studied past lap records in the Nurburgring during the development of the Project One including the outright record Stefan Bellof set in a Porsche 956 back in 1983. Is it possible then that Mercedes-AMG thinks it can beat that number? It’s hard to imagine the hypercar breaking it because doing so would mean that it would be almost 40 seconds faster than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the raging monster that holds the production car record with a lap time of 6:47.

But who’s to say that it can or can’t? Only time will tell.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Design Details of the Mercedes-AMG Project One

When you’re building a car as unique as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, it’s not enough for you to go through the usual design and engineering process behind building a traditional car. The hypercar is specialized in ways that go beyond the standards of typical auto engineering. It ventures into the territory of Formula One where every piece of the car is developed with the goal of enhancing its aerodynamics and performance capabilities. That’s the kind of work Mercedes-AMG put into developing the Project One. We see that on full display in this video presented by the automaker where some of the project’s most influential voices described the intricacies that went behind creating one of the most technologically advanced cars in the world today.


“The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets”

The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets. One look at the hypercar and you can tell that Mercedes-AMG took that goal seriously. Every little piece of it has ties to F1 tech, right down to how the panels were shaped to fully optimize its aerodynamic credentials.

Daimler Chief Design Director, Gorden Wagener, said as much in the video, explaining that the company’s goal was to make the most aerodynamic car in the world. As you can see, the lengths by which Mercedes-AMG went to achieving that goal was evident in how Formula One tech played a huge part in the development of the Project One. From the air ducts on the roof to the shark fins at the back, these components didn’t make it in the car by accident; they were added because of the aero enhancements they provide.


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“All the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport”

It’s the same story in the interior. Mercedes-AMG Interior Design Director, Hartmut Sinkwitz, admitted that all the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport, be it the generous use of carbon fiber or the inclusion of microfibre fabrics.

The result is a car that speaks for itself. Say what you will about its design, but you can’t deny that the Project One is dripping in F1-derived technology, right down to the hybrid Formula 1-inspired powertrain that’s capable of producing 1,000 horsepower. That power figure helps the hypercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 217 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

Continue reading to learn more about the cars we’re thankful for.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Introduced late last month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s epic Venom GT, and like its predecessor, the F5 aims for no less than the title of fastest production car in the world. And while the specifics of that goal are a bit, uh, murky (will Hennessey make enough examples to qualify the F5 as a production car?), the specs on this thing are reason enough to make us grateful it exists. Power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 (a Hennessey specialty), which throws down 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The Texas tuner is shooting for 300 mph at the top end, and although we have yet to see this thing running in the real world, we think it’s worthy of praise all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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Tesla has a habit of stirring the auto industry pot with its claims, and its latest debut is like a high-speed blender in that respect. Unwrapped in a surprise reveal alongside the automaker’s new electric semi truck, the Roadster 2.0 is a follow-up to Tesla’s very first model, and it’s upgraded in just about every way imaginable. Not only does it look fantastic, but under the sultry body panels is a 200-kWh battery and three electric motors, good enough for 620 miles of range between plug-ins. Impressive, no doubt, but the California automaker is also saying this thing will be the first production car to go from 0-to-60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 250 mph, which would also make it the fastest production EV ever made. Granted, we’re still several years from seeing these claims verified, but we’re happy Tesla is back to shaking things up.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster 2.0

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Good things happen when motorsport tech finds its way onto the street. Case in point – the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Offered as a collaborative project between Aston and Red Bull racing, the Valkyrie was created with technical input from Adrian Newey, one of the most successful engineers from the world of Formula 1, and the results are staggering. Advanced aerodynamics and composite materials form the base, while a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid makes over 1,000 horsepower, blessing the machine with a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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Speaking of Formula 1, Mercedes-AMG has its own take on bringing top-echelon performance to the street. It’s called the Project One, and it’s got lots of the same stuff as Lewis Hamilton’s ride. That includes a mid-mounted turbo and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that zings all the way to 11,000 rpm, making over 1,000 horsepower along the way. It’s also got adaptive aero and adaptive suspension, while AMG carbon brakes haul it down.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Vantage


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Might as well toss in something a bit less outrageous in this list. While it might not have four-figure output numbers or record-setting speed, we’re still very thankful for the new second-generation Vantage. I mean, just look at it! It’s got the goods inside to match too, while under that lovely hood line lies a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque to feed the rear wheels. This is the kind of car that’ll make you feel like a secret agent, and for that, we’re grateful.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Top Speed Record


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While bold claims from the manufacturer about what a car can do can be fun, the real good stuff happens on pavement. Koenigsegg knows this, and amidst claims of “300 mph” this and “0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds” that, the Agera RS proved its mettle by going 277.9 mph. On a public road, no less. Earlier this month, the Swedes got special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to test the top speed of the Agera RS, and in the end, Koenigsegg walked away with a new world title.

Read the full story here.

McLaren F1


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When you break it down, most of the cars on this list owe much of their greatness to this – the McLaren F1. Released in the early ‘90s, the F1 blitzed the competition with a series of firsts. Not only was it the first production car to come equipped with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and exotic materials like magnesium and titanium, but it also managed to go an astonishing 240 mph in the top end. It held the record of fastest production car on Earth for nearly a decade.

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

PostHeaderIcon Is The Mercedes-AMG Project One Worth $5.2 Million?

Aston Martin made it known that flipping a reservation slot for the Valkyrie hypercar will come with a lot of consequences. Now it’s Mercedes-AMG’s turn to shed light on its position after a reservations spot for the Project One hypercar has found its way into the market, specifically on German online marketplace Mobile. The price of the slot? A whopping $5.2 million, which would be more than double the $2.4 million price of the actual hypercar.

Given the exclusivity of the AMG Project One – production is limited to just 275 units – it’s easy to see why a slot for the yet-to-be-released hypercar is being put up for sale at that price, especially if someone’s willing to spend that much just to get the 1,500-horsepower walking piece of Formula One technology. Whether it’s right to flip or not is another question entirely though. A lot of people in the business, Aston Martin included, has drawn a perfectly clear line in the sand on where it stands on the issue. According to CEO Andy Palmer, anybody who even thinks about flipping his reservation spot for the Valkyrie in the name of financial gain would automatically lose their slot and be barred from buying future Astons of similar exclusive ilk. For its part, Mercedes-AMG has yet to comment on the Project One reservation slot being put up for sale, but since the dealership in question DI Automobile is located in Munich, Germany, it should only be a matter of time before the German automaker reaches out the dealer, or even updates its policy on the matter. As debatable as the act of car flipping is, a lot of automakers are beginning to take a stand on the practice, and it’s hard to imagine Mercedes-AMG sit on this issue and let it happen without at least making its voice heard.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Mercedes-AMG needs to make a stand on this, and it needs to do it fast


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“$5.2 million is more than double the $2.4 million price of the actual hypercar”

I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite here and go nuclear on the owner of this Mercedes-AMG Project One reservation slot for trying to sell it for more than double the price that Mercedes-AMG is asking. For one, I’m on the fence when it comes to the practice of flipping. I understand all the negative connotations that are attached to it, but I also don’t know enough about a seller’s reason to make judgments on his intentions. This instance, though, is different because of all the circumstances behind it.

Here’s what I can tell you: even if I had that money, there’s no way that I’m spending $5.2 million on the Mercedes-AMG Project One. It’s just too much for a car that has yet to prove it’s worth the $2.4 million Mercedes-AMG is asking for it. I get that it comes infused with the most advanced Formula One-derived technology that a production car can have, but there are still too many unknown variables about it that spending more than $5 million for a build slot just doesn’t make any sense for me.


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As far as the automaker’s position is concerned, I get it too that they’re being protective of the sanctity of the process behind securing a slot for a hypercar like the Project One, or in Aston Martin’s case, the Valkyrie. If something like this is allowed to pass, the whole process will be cheapened, possibly to the point wherein future products to come from the same automaker won’t have the same auto of exclusivity. Aston Martin’s taking the proactive approach here, and that’s well within its right to do so. Same thing with Porsche and Ferrari, both of whom have already taken steps to crack down on potential flipping of its exclusive sports cars. Ultimately, I fully expect Mercedes-AMG to do the same.

Whatever reasons flippers may have, one thing is clear, at least from an automaker’s point of view. Given the requirements that need to be passed to even be eligible for a build slot, it would be extremely unlikely of there being any other reason that these spots are being sold at a premium other than making a profit out of it. If it were something cheaper like toy collectibles or trading cards, I wouldn’t have an issue with the flipping.

But for a $2.4 million hypercar? Something’s amiss there, and the automaker – Mercedes-AMG in this case – needs to act on it to prevent it from happening.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Mercedes Going To Set The Fastest Ever Nurburgring Record?

It has been reported that Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Project One will break the six-minute barrier at the Nurburgring.

We need to start out with a disclaimer that none of this information is reliable, so please find a grain of salt big enough to melt the iceberg that sank the Titanic. With that out of the way, let’s look at the rumor and what it might mean.

PostHeaderIcon Selective Breeding Brings About an Ugly Supercar – The Mercedes-AMG Project One

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is here, and the first thing that comes to mind for me is that Mercedes really needs to quit playing with people’s emotions. Under the metal, you’ll find a 1.6-liter V-6 that features a unique setup straight from Formula One. It features a single turbo charger that is assisted by an electric motor to go with another electric motor in the crankcase and two motors at the front axle. The motor inside the turbocharger (not sure how that’s going to stand up to the excessive heat of the exhaust) spools up the turbo while the electric motor attached to the crankshaft via a spur gear. It delivers as much as 120 kW of power while the turbo charger is spooled by a 90kW motor. The engine sits in the middle of the vehicle, just ahead of the rear axle, and can handle speeds as high as 11,000 rpm. This is made possible by pneumatic valve springs instead of the typical mechanical springs. Meanwhile, the motors on the front wheels drive each wheel individually and can reach speeds as high as 50,000 rpm – 30,000 more than cure “state of the art technology.” All told, the Project One promises a system output of over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed “beyond” 217 mph all from that tiny engine and four electric motors.

The battery system itself is an 800-volt system, so that’s double the usual voltage associated with plug-in hybrids, is stored in the floorboard just behind the front axle. The actual capacity of the battery is unknown at this time, but Mercedes promises that maximum acceleration will get you up to 112 mph in “under six seconds” thanks to the electric motors and V-6 engine. Shifting duties are handled by an automated, eight-speed manual transmission that is said to have been developed from scratch for the Project one. It can shift itself or be shifted by the paddles ahead of the steering wheel. So, with that in mind, it’s basically an automatic transmission so don’t let the previous wording fool you – there’s no clutch pedal here. The onboard electrics are powered by that massive lithium-ion battery as well, but it is done by a converter that’s built into the battery system to prevent oversupply by the high-voltage system. There’s a lot more to this car than power output and performance, though, so let’s talk a little more about the exterior and interior design below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Teases Project One Rear End Bodywork Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut

Scheduled for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week, Mercedes-AMG just released a new teaser image of its upcoming Project One hypercar, showing off some wide hips and some very sporty cues. Scheduled for release in conjunction with AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Project One promises “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” We’ve already got a good amount of info on the mechanical details, with now that the debut is only a few days away, we’re getting a better look at the exterior styling with this still somewhat-murky teaser image. The new image shows off a large central exhaust pipe, geometric angles for the ultra-wide rear fenders, super thin taillights, a roof-mounted intake, aggressive engine cover louvers, and a rounded roof curve.

We’re chomping at the bit to get a look at this thing in the light. Previously, Mercedes only gave us a look at the Project One by way of a few stylish white lines laid on top of a black background. We also recently got a less-than-clear look inside the cabin, which apparently will include a square steering wheel, digital gauges, and a screen mounted high on the dash. As far exterior styling is concerned, we’re expecting a look reminiscent of the old Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR – super wide, low, and a little closer to a Le Mans prototype than an open-wheel Formula car. Either way, stay tuned as we cover all the big reveals from Frankfurt.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What The View Is Like From Inside The Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

We’re a few days away from finally seeing the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, and as you might expect, the anticipation is slowly crescendoing up. It also doesn’t help that Mercedes-AMG chief, Tobias Moers, is throwing more wood into the fire by posting a photo of the Project One’s interior from the driver’s perspective.

The photo isn’t much of a revelation for two reasons. One, it doesn’t show the whole cabin, and two, it’s low quality, so even the things we can see don’t tell us a whole lot. That said, any picture of the Project One that we haven’t seen before is gold in our eyes. Quality aside, we do see what looks to be a Formula One-style steering wheel. If that is, in fact, inspired by an F1-type wheel, we can at least expect it to feature its share of buttons and switches, perhaps even its own small display unit. Outside of the steering wheel, the most prominent features in the interior of the Project One hypercar are the pair of display units, one of which looks to be the instrument cluster and a large central infotainment screen in the dashboard. It’s unclear if the latter is integrated into the center console, though I suspect it’s going to be in the production model. That’s as far as what we can tell from the photo posted by Moers. The good news is that all the speculation about the Project One hypercar, including its actual name, will all come to a head at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Consider this a nice little tease before the car officially breaks cover.

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PostHeaderIcon How Should We Measure Fast?

Mercedes recently announced the top speed of its upcoming hybrid F1-inspired hypercar, the Project One, and a lotta folks are less than impressed. 217 mph is the figure in question, and while that’s certainly a whole lot faster than the old family minivan, it’s not quite up to snuff compared to the world-eating Bugatti Chiron. Thanks to four turbos, 16 cylinders, and a veritable ocean of gasoline, the Bug tops out at 261 mph. Amazingly, the Chiron can, in theory, go even faster, but finding the right tires to do so is a challenge.

But while Merc has yet to actually reveal the Project One, I think the relatively low 217-mph top speed isn’t really the point. What really makes it stand out is its F1-inspired powertrain, and as such, I’m expecting godly levels of grip and physics-defying acceleration numbers. In this case, it’s not how fast you can go, but how fast you can get there.

Which opens up the question of how we should measure what it means to be “fast.” 217 mph might not seem that quick compared to 261 mph, but if you can hit 217 from a dig in 10 seconds, I think we’ll all agree – that’s fast (or maybe “quick” would be the more appropriate nomenclature). Or take something like a Dakar rally machine. Top speed in those things is only about 130 mph, but thanks to crazy suspension travel and an unbreakable chassis, they can do 130 over just about any kind of terrain. And that’s fast too.

So then, dear reader, what’s fast mean to you?

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Project One

Just a few years ago, Mercedes floated plans to create a new hybrid hypercar, one that would dominate in the burgeoning world of electrified ultimate-performance machines. The German automaker confirmed those plans a year ago, and now, with AMG celebrating its 50th anniversary, the uber-car has made its big debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Mercedes says the new mega-machine brings “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” That includes a 1.6-liter V-6 that’s shockingly similar to the powerplant in Merc’s F1 car, spinning to 11,000 rpm and producing upwards of four figures. Drivers sit in a carbon fiber tub, stick harder with active aerodynamics, and turn better with push rod suspension. All impressive stuff, to be sure, but is it enough to topple the current top-dog performance machines?

Regardless, the Project One is already a massive hit, garnering huge attention for Mercedes-AMG and nearly selling out even before its big sheet pull. Drawing from Mercedes’ championship-winning experience at the top of the motorsport heap and developed with input from various AMG Formula 1 team members, the Project One is the very definition of a halo car, promising to set the technological drum beat by which all future AMG cars will dance. Read on for the juicy details and specs.

Updated 09/18/17: The Mercedes-AMG Project One has arrived, and we’ve got all the info you need right here. Also, check the “Pictures” tab for some images taken in Frankfurt.

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Here’s Why the Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Sucks Big Time

Phew, it’s Friday again. The weekend is just around the corner and summer is officially over. Well, the heat will still be around for a while, but at least the temperature is going down, and we’re getting rain on a regular basis. If you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that I hate heat. And summer. And fancy concept cars that scream “I won’t make it into production, haha!” Just like the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo. Seriously now, what’s the deal with all these cookie concept cars that look like they came from the future only to get stuck in the past, with no production model in showrooms? Aren’t you getting tired of that? It’s like automakers have some sort of target to reach. Just imagine some CEO rushing into a meeting to yell “okay folks, it’s 2017, and by 2022 we need to build five fancy concept cars. Don’t worry, we won’t put them into production, but they have to look futuristic and feature fancy gadgets.”

I swear that this is exactly how the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept was born. And Mercedes even had the nerve to give it an “EQ” badge to make us believe we will be able to buy one in the future. No, we won’t! I mean, we will be able to buy a better Smart EV at some point, but it won’t like this concept. It won’t be fully autonomous, it won’t have the fancy, lounge seat, and it won’t be able to read your mind. It will be just another cramped, overrated ForTwo with enough luggage room for a head of cabbage, three carrots, and half a cucumber. At least you can make a salad once you’re back from the market…

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PostHeaderIcon Lewis Hamilton Joins The Teasing Game Ahead Of The AMG Project One’s Debut: Video

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show can’t come soon enough. I know there’s going to be a lot of must-see attractions at the event, but one car that I’m looking forward to the most is the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar. It certainly isn’t helping my anxiety then that Mercedes-AMG has released a series of teasers for the F1-powered hypercar with no less than three-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in it.

Ok, so we don’t actually see the car in this particular 30-second teaser, but we do see Hamilton walking inside a garage with some of the most recognizable AMG cars in the performance division’s 50-year history. Chief among them is the iconic 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0 AMG, regarded by many as one of the finest AMG cars in history and a worthy one to bear the nickname “The Hammer.” Hamilton spends a few seconds talking about this specific car in the teaser before walking away into a secret door of some kind. Obligatory password and eye-scan later and a door opens to a mysterious room that’s emitting electric lime lighting, not coincidentally the same shade used by the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive. The teaser then cuts to black with AMG’s promise of the “future of driving performance.” There are three more teasers of this kind that you can all check out below as Hamilton also talks about the 1969 300SEL 6.8 AMG (the Red Pig), the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT-R (the Beast of the Green Hell), and the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, the world’s first-ever fully electric supercar.

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