Here's Another Fancy Boat Inspired by a Fancy Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing have unveiled this year’s crazy collaboration project.

This year, the two companies celebrate their 11th year of collaboration with the most impressive and innovative performance boat ever constructed by Cigarette Racing. Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Project One supercar, the Cigarette Racing 515 Project One was built from the ground up using the latest technology and methodologies. It’s the ninth special edition boat that has resulted from the partnership between the two brands, boasting a pair of Mercury Racing 1,350/1,550 QC4v (quad cam 4 valve) engines and M8 stern drives, delivering up to 3,100 horsepower.

Drawing inspiration from the Project One car, the boat features a highly optimized composite structure built from carbon fiber, Kevlar, and E-glass. Carbon fiber was also used for the inner structural laminate of the hull, forward bulkheads, cabin liner, engine hatch, consoles, and storage hatches to significantly reduce overall weight.

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To make the Cigarette Racing 515 Project One a reality, the team worked closely with Gorden Wagener, chief design officer for Daimler AG. There’s a distinctive matte black and silver paint, complemented by special badging that instantly evoke the Mercedes-AMG Project One.

It’s just the latest wild creation from Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing, and we’re curious to see what they come up with next year since Mercedes-AMG currently doesn’t have plans to build something cooler than the Project One.

“For 11 years, Cigarette Racing has been our trusted partner that has allowed us to extend our likeminded core performance principles from the land to the water,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes AMG GmbH. “By directly translating Formula 1 technology from the track to the street, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is our most ambitious and awe-inspiring vehicle yet. It is incredible to see our vision reimagined for the water in such an impressive and highly compelling form.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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