The long awaited Mercedes-AMG Project One was finally out in Frankfurt this week. The hypercar built on top of Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car powertrain was unveiled by the man himself at the big event. Lewis has been involved in the development of the hypercar and sat down with TopGear to talk about his contributions to the project.
“I love cars. And I’ve been saying to Mercedes for so long, why don’t you do a real car? Like, you’ve got AMG sports cars, but I’m talking about a supercar. Why is Ferrari building these supercars? We can build a better car than them. We build a better racing car than them, why don’t you guys build something that takes Mercedes to another stratosphere. And eventually I guess, after I’ve been saying it for ten years, so eventually they’ve gone ahead with it, and I think that’s cool.” he said.
Hamilton also added he didn’t just insist Mercedes to start the project but he helped to develop it as well. According to Lewis, work on the car began in 2014. He also revealed that he is getting the first production Project One when the deliveries start in 2019.
When asked about the performance of the car, Lewis said – “When you rev this thing and shift up through the gears, it’s just going to be breathtaking. It’s going to be very, very streamlined. And then, it’s got quite a wide track, and have you seen the size of the tyres?”
Speaking to the publication, Hamilton explained that no road car can rival the Formula One experience, given the weight, aerodynamics and the sense of position. “But this is going to be the closest thing. ‘Cause you’ve got the sound and the technology. I think it’s really going to blow people’s minds. It’s going to be by far the closest thing.”
Until any reviews for the car are out, let’s just take Hamilton’s word on that.