The four-motor electric drive system found in the 1,000+ hp Mercedes-AMG Project One will find its way into series production models from the German automaker.
The Project One is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine sourced from the Mercedes-AMG W08 F1 car, which is joined by four electric motors. One of the motors is integrated into the turbocharger, while another is linked to the crankcase. The remaining two motors are mounted at the front wheels of the car. The electric turbocharger makes 120 kW, while the MGU-H motor mounted at the crankcase makes 90 kW. The front electric motors are also good for 120 kW apiece.
According to Autocar, this four-motor setup could find its way into other Mercedes vehicles. Even though the 1.6-liter F1 engine wouldn’t be used, the motors could be still be implemented in a similar fashion: with an electric turbocharger in the engine, two electric motors for each of the front wheels and an MGU-H-style kinetic energy recovery system. Due to the high-performance nature of such a system, it seems likely that any trickle-down technology from the Project One would appear on another AMG model before arriving on your run-of-the-mill Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes recently showed off its new AMG CLS 53 and E53, which are powered by its new 429 hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine. The vehicles also come with a 48-volt electrical system called EQ Boost, which is good for a momentary power boost of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. These models are the first of many hybrid AMGs to arrive, so it’s not surprising to see Mercedes expressing interest in bringing a more advanced hybrid system into series production.
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