A great deal has happened in the world of hypercars since then; 1,000PS is not that unusual now and even the AMG Project One’s 11,000rpm rev limit is beaten by Gordon Murray’s T50. But the road-legal One remains unique in using an actual F1 drivetrain, not so different from that used by Lewis Hamilton.
That means a V6 of 1.6 litres delivering 870PS to the rear wheels, with the hybrid electric side adding more horses to take the total up to 1000PS. In the past Merc-AMG has cited performance of 0-124mph in six seconds and 218mph flat out, along with electric-only running of up to 15 miles .
Despite more high-power competition than ever, AMG remains adamant the Project One will deliver “a new dimension of driving dynamics and performance for a road-going vehicle” and become “a new milestone in automotive history”.
If testing goes to plan the £2.1 million Project One will be in a showroom near you in 2021. Not that that will help you much if you haven’t already put your name down for one of the 275 cars to be built (like David Coulthard, who has bought an AMG Project One and an Aston Martin Valkyrie). In the past the company has said all are spoken for – though after such a long delay it is not known if any customers have got cold feet.