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Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

At the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One Hypercar. At $2.8 million MSRP, the Project One is a formula-1 inspired hypercar. After long speculation of a Mercedes hypercar, Mercedes-AMG did not disappoint. With production beginning in 2019, the vehicle will be limited to 275 units which are already sold out. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar may not sport the motor system you were expecting.

1.6-Liter Turbocharged V6 & Electric Motor Combination

Unlike the Bugatti Chiron that has 1500 horsepower via a 8.0-liter W16 motor, the Mercedes-AMG Project One will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motors. With the 8.0-liter W16, the Chiron can shed a 26 gallon tank of gasoline in 8 minutes flat… phew! Although the Project One has a much smaller motor, it can hit 0-60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The V6 motor itself producing around 700 horsepower with a 11,000 rpm limit. The three electric motors produce 500 horsepower themselves, leading to ~1,200 horsepower total.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Electric Motors

The electric motors act in a multitude of ways on the Project One. First, there is one electric motor located at each of the front wheels. The third electric motor is within the engine bay. A fourth electric motor spins the turbocharger so there is never lag when acceleration is necessary. Another benefit to this overall electrical setup is that the plugin hybrid system allows for torque vectoring. On the hybrid drive system alone, the Project One can complete 20 miles silently for those late night cruises.

The Project One was engineered with a lightweight carbon fiber body. Furthermore, Carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes complement the body. The front and rear spoilers are active which help with cornering. Although expected with other Mercedes models, automation is not an option on this vehicle. Another difference is that the doors open forward then up rather than directly outwards.

The Project One’s body has adequate intakes and vents to keep the motor cool and breathing well. On the interior, it looks like a F1 car with a passenger seat. The steering wheel has multicolored buttons and dials. On the dash, there are dual 10 inch hi-resolution LCD screens. The rear view mirror system is camera based rather than simply a mirror.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: Car Collector’s Dream

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar is a brand new addition to the highly collectible cars realm. With a combination of electric and fuel, this car can compete with the best of the best. The top speed may not be as high as some competitors but for a V6 and electricity, it speaks for itself. The carbon fiber body, wheels, and brakes make for an authentic racing appearance. In the end, if you were able to pay $2.8 million for one of 275 units, you are one lucky car collector.

Porsche Boxter Spyder Crashes into Boise Cars and Coffee

An Unfortunate Sequence of Events

In an unfortunate sequence of events, a Porsche Boxter Spyder crashed into a crowd at the Boise Spectrum in Idaho. After a cars and coffee meet-up, the Porsche Boxter driver decided to give the crowd a show on the way out. While the Porsche Boxter Spyder was accelerating, the driver lost traction causing the vehicle to swerve towards the crowd. Unfortunately, the Boxter plowed through many people, placing 11 in the hospital. What was initially an attempt to show off the power of the Boxter Spyder led to a disaster.

Porsche Boxter Spyder Crash at Boise Cars & Coffee

The Porsche Boxter Spyder starts at a MSRP of $82,100. The Boxter sports a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine producing 375 horsepower. At 2,899 pounds, the Boxter has decent mileage compared to other sports cars. The Boxter gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. On the exterior, the Boxter Spyder has a stylish body kit compared to its predecessors.

In the video above, the Porsche Boxter Spyder can be seen leaving the event. As the Boxter accelerates, traction is lost causing the vehicle to swerve towards the crowd. The Boxter then hopped the curb and plowed into a bunch of people. Fortunately, it seems no one was killed in this incident but on the other hand, many were injured. The impact with the crowd caused a variety of injuries for 11 observers of the event. Warning: The video may be distressing for some people, watch at your own risk.

“Serious but not Critical Injuries”

The Boise Police stated that the crash caused “serious but not critical injuries” to the observers. The event’s organizers also made a statement:

“Speed, racing or any other types of driving are not part of the event. This accident occurred on a public road and was the driver’s sole decision. We do not condone exhibition of speed on any level on public roads.”

Drive Respectfully at Cars and Coffee Events

In the end, hopefully this one incident doesn’t spoil the event for other attendees. Cars and coffee is a great way to display your vehicle and meet new people. There is always a variety of vehicles ranging from basics to exotics. Anyone attending a cars and coffee meeting should respect all laws on the road as this video shows a bad outcome. Overall, the accident was unfortunate and hopefully the injured bystanders heal quickly.

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