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Mercedes-AMG Project One hybrid tech due in series model by 2021

Autocar logo Autocar 2/9/2018 Andrew Frankel
The Project One uses a hybrid powertrain based on that in Mercedes' F1 car© Autocar The Project One uses a hybrid powertrain based on that in Mercedes' F1 car

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed that the Project One’s hybrid set-up will make it into a series-production car by 2020 or 2021.

While he wouldn’t disclose which model, he described the Project One as a “front-runner” for other models, which gives AMG “a lot of options”. Such a model may not use the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 gasoline engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG’s W08 F1, but it would employ four electric motors in the same set-up.

The Project One's powertrain© Autocar The Project One's powertrain

In the Project One, one motor is used to drive the turbocharger. A further, larger motor is integrated directly into the driveshaft at the rear in a layout similar to the MGU-K (motor generator unit kinetic) used in the current generation of F1 cars.

The remaining two motors sit within the front axle, providing drive for the front wheels.

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