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.
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.
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