Mercedes: Project One Can Beat Outright 6:11 Nurburgring Lap Record

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is aiming to have the fastest overall Nurburgring lap time ever.

Speaking to Autocar, AMG boss Tobias Moers admitted it’s “reasonable to speculate” the Project One would target the Nurburgring lap time record of 6:11.1 set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 during the 1983 Nurburgring 1000km sports car race. That means there’s a chance Mercedes-AMG isn’t even eyeing the production lap record of 6:47.25 recently set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with Lars Kern behind the wheel.

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Moers wouldn’t go into much detail regarding the lap record, but AMG is believed to have been studying records in detail, including Bellof’s lap. He did say, however, that finding the right driver would be the biggest challenge. Bellof is considered to be among the most talented drivers of his time and was seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s childhood hero. The German died following a crash at Spa in Belgium in 1984.

Despite debuting at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, final specifications for the Project One are still being determined. Moers did confirm the Project One will weigh between 2,866 pounds (1,300 kilograms) and 3,086 lbs (1,400 kg) and the downforce generated will be approximately half the weight of the car. The power output figure of 1,000 brake horsepower being quoted for the car is actually on the dynamometer, which means the actual output will be a bit higher. It will likely be less than 1,100 bhp, though.

And despite it’s price tag of around £2.4 million ($3.32 million USD), AMG has received 1,100 requests from prospective buyers. The hypercar will be limited to 275 units, so some of those hopeful customers will be missing out.

[Source: Autocar]

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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 AutoGuide.com 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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