Mercedes-AMG Project One Successor To Be Pure Electric

2 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 6

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

While the Project One uses F1-derived tech, its follow-up will take advantage of the firm’s Formula E expertise.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

The Project One is technically a near-production car and it won’t be until 2019 when deliveries will start, but Mercedes is eager to talk about what it has in tow at the top of the AMG food chain for well into the next decade.

The company’s boss and Daimler chairman, Dieter Zetsche, announced following the hypercar’s debut in Frankfurt that a follow-up will likely lose the combustion engine altogether to bank on the Formula E expertise.

2019 will be the year when the up-and-coming Formula E will open its doors for Mercedes, following what will be a withdrawal from DTM at the end of 2018. As for a new fully electric hypercar, it’s unlikely we will see it until 2025 or so and will take advantage of the knowledge gained in the all-electric series, much like the Project One uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine part of a hybrid powertrain adapted from an F1 car – it also has a plug-in component that gives 24 km (15 miles) of all-electric range.

The fully electric performance model won’t actually be the first model of this type from Mercedes as the SLS AMG Electric Drive was introduced as a limited edition at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It’s a rare sight on the streets these days considering fewer than 100 units were ever made of what used to be the fastest production EV at its debut and at the same time Mercedes’ most powerful car ever. The combined output of 751 hp (552 kW) is still impressive by today’s standards, but pales in comparison to the Project One and its monstrous four-digit horsepower.

As a final note, Mercedes is not the only high-end marque to analyze the prospects of an EV flagship performance car considering McLaren is allegedly working on an all-electric P1 successor slated to arrive after the P15 and the three-seater BP23, so likely after 2020. Meanwhile, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are preparing the Valkyrie, which just like the Project One, will demonstrate hybrids can be exciting.

Source: Auto Express

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6 responses to "Mercedes-AMG Project One Successor To Be Pure Electric"

  1. Vexar says:

    “Put me down for one if I can get it in black” – Bruce Wayne

  2. Jack says:

    This and the Successor gonna fail, cause they don’t have access to superchargers and no autopilot, oh and no OTA

    1. Al says:

      Right, cause everyone would drive one of these cross country on autopilot…

      1. Lawrence says:

        I’m starting to believe that there are bots that post about autopilot and superchargers everytime any EV is mentioned.

      2. Big Solar says:

        Ha! good one

  3. Jake Brake says:

    All thats formula e experience where they buy the battery? You cant make a good EV if you dont know how to make a good battery.

    Side note, NIO EP9 exists today. By the time this things sucessor arrives its going to be old news.

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