Mercedes-AMG 1,000bhp Hybrid Hypercar in Track Tests

Mercedes-AMG has entered the final powertrain tests for its 1,000bhp hybrid hypercar road-going prototype

Several pre-production models of its Project One are now being thrashed round the company’s own proving ground and technology center at Immendingen in Germany. For the first time, project leaders have also authorized testing of the Formula One derived hybrid power unit with its full output of more than 735 kW.

Development work is also focused on its active aerodynamics. The car uses various active components such as the louvers, the air outlets in the front fenders and the large rear aerofoil and, while already tested in wind tunnels, are now being assessed in real-world driving.

The automaker admits that converting a F1 powertrain for the road presents several challenges not least the ability to travel in electric mode only. Also noise levels that have to be much more strictly controlled than with a racing car. The next step in the extensive program of testing and development will be the infamous north loop of the Nürburgring where project leaders will be hoping to set new record lap times.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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