Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Rear End Gets Revealing Tease and We're Losing It

Alright, so we've only got two days until the premieres at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show start rolling, but with most of them already either revealed or leaked, the excitement levels aren't really reaching stratospheric heights.
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And just as we were thinking that, Mercedes-AMG drops this picture of its Project ONE hypercar. It's a teaser, but it's the most revealing so far. It's still a dark image, but it looks like somebody did at least find one light bulb to cast some light. And even though we're not entirely happy with how they positioned it, we are still grateful for the effort.

If there was ever any doubt left, the Project ONE is going to be one serious piece of machinery. They say it's based on the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One single-seater, and that's enough to make us think of high-revving small displacement turbo engines, electric motors and KERS systems.

Let's take them one by one. AMG's hypercar will use a 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine which, despite its blower, will rev higher than most naturally aspirated engines on production cars out there. As for its sound, you can only imagine how those tiny six cylinders are going to scream.

The electric part is said to be provided by two electric motors, meaning the Project-ONE will have all-wheel-drive and will likely teleport itself to 60 mph and beyond. With over 1,000 hp rumored from the entire setup, the last thing this creature will lack is power. The electric motors make sure it will also have the grip to put it all where it matters.

But if in the world of sports cars power is nothing without control, with hypercars you also have to add looks into the equation. It's not that we doubted Mercedes-AMG, but we just couldn't be sure about the Project ONE up to this point based strictly on the available information (those blacked-out teasers we mentioned before).

Now, though, we do at least know it has the back side worthy of an Empire destroyer. It's hard to tell which is the definitory feature - the single exhaust pipe the size of a main battle tank's gun, the huge air diffuser that surrounds it, the engine air scoop on the roof, the slits in the engine hood, the thin, menacing tail lights or the angular outline that encapsulates all of this - which means we're looking at a balanced design.

It'll be interesting to see if the balance carries over to the rest of the car, but we'd be surprised if it didn't After all, this is the first hypercar effort from Mercedes-AMG, so it would make sense if they gave it their best. And just look at the rest of the AMG lineup to know what that can do.
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