Mercedes-AMG collectively stole the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this year with a major debut: the production version of its Project One hypercar. The car is literally an F1 car for road use and will make more than 1,000 horsepower from a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine and four electric motors when the powertrain is completely finalized.
Lewis Hamilton, three-time F1 champion and Mercedes driver, had some fighting words for Ferrari at the reveal of the Project One. The star racer rolled the Project One out onto the stage for the world to see, and later told Top Gear AMG is absolutely capable of building a better hypercar than Ferrari.
“I love cars. And I’ve been saying to Mercedes for so long, why don’t you do a real car? Like, you’ve got AMG sports cars, but I’m talking about a supercar. Why is Ferrari building these supercars? We can build a better car than them. We build a better racing car than them, why don’t you guys build something that takes Mercedes to another stratosphere. And eventually I guess, after I’ve been saying it for ten years, so eventually, they’ve gone ahead with it, and I think that’s cool.”
Mercedes-AMG has been responsible for grand products in the past, but the Project One is arguably its most lofty aspiration in recent years. Before AMG’s newfound autonomy, there was the CLK-GTR, but Ferrari has long remained a supercar champion with the Enzo and LaFerrari.
How will Ferrari strike back? That remains to be seen, but recent video may show an even more potent Ferrari FXX K Evo testing. That would certainly do the trick. In the past, the Italian marque has shrugged off the Project One and doesn’t seem too worried.