Mercedes’ Project ONE is a barely road-legal hypercar powered by a mildly detuned version of the company’s all-conquering Formula 1 hybrid power unit. That power unit makes nearly 1000 HP, and costs F1 teams like Williams and Force India upwards of 15 million dollars per year. To lease.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Mercedes is proud of the Project ONE. Certainly, its 2.8 million dollar price tag is proof of that. But, let’s be honest, if it’s anything like the Benz Lewis Hamilton gets to wheel around Silverstone at the British Grand Prix, then $2.8mil is a steal.

Peruse the photos, above, then check out this video that explores the finer points of Mercedes’ road-going super-hybrid, below. It’s about 5 minutes long, but it should be worth every second to any fan of the automotive design process. Enjoy!


Project ONE | Creating a Beautiful Surface for a Powertrain Beast

Creating an extraordinary design is a special task in its own right. Combining this beauty with unbridled power is even more demanding. This was the challenge our engineers had to face when they followed the edict: form follows function. But they succeeded – and created a milestone in design history.


Source | Images: Mercedes-Benz, via Paul Tan.