ue up Ella Fitzgerald, because – At Last – the Mercedes-AMG Project One is really, almost, very nearly, ready.
AMG has revealed that the proper Formula 1-engined hypercar originally revealed way back in the BeforeTimes (2017) – featuring Hamilton’s championship-winning 1.6-litre V6, no less – will be launched in 2021. Speaking of Hamilton, the seven-time champ’s finally had a go, and unsurprisingly came away a tad impressed.
“I can still hardly believe that there will soon be a hypercar with a Formula 1 engine,” Hamilton said. “We won the world championship with this engine in 2015, and I was involved in its development for a long time.
“I’m very proud of the extraordinary effort Mercedes-AMG has invested in this project. This car is absolutely unique,” he added.
It is unique. And really bloody powerful. That 1.6-litre V6 turbo is matched up to four electric motors – two on the front axle – for a total system output of over 1,000bhp. Over 1,000bhp! Madness. The engine, we’re told, “is easily capable of up to 11,000rpm” but will be “intentionally kept below the F1 engine speed limit” so you can, y’know, actually use it day to day.