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Mercedes-AMG is really drawing out the reveal process of its bonkers Project One hypercar, but the above image finally gives us a taste of what the thing is going to look like — when it’s driving directly at you through a dark tunnel, at least.

Yep, it’s a teaser image … and not a very enlightening one. But it does seem to indicate that, despite all the Formula 1-derived tech under its skin, it’s going to look more than a little like an endurance racing prototype on the outside. That’s not totally surprising, given that it’s meant to seat two, but with that snorkel intake sitting on top of the cabin roof, we’re getting CLK GTR vibes — or, dare we say, McLaren F1 vibes? — and we’re not complaining.

But why do you care about this thing? After all, it’s just another hypercar for the insanely wealthy, right?

That’s one way to look at it. The estimated $3 million dollar price tag certainly doesn’t help make the case for its attainability. But this car, along with Aston Martin’s equally nutso Valkyrie, represents a radically different approach to top-end performance than, say, the brutally powerful (yet delightfully refined) Bugatti Chiron. We’re very curious to see how it plays out.

To recap, the Project One combines a ludicrously high-revving 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 — AMG claims it’s essentially today’s Formula 1 engine — with four electric motors to help achieve over 1,000 system hp and a top speed in excess of 350 kph (217 mph). A pushrod suspension setup helps keep it connected to the ground, hopefully striking a balance of day-to-day comfort and on-track capability in the process.

You can learn a little more about the tech in this thing here:

Mercedes AMG Project 1 powertrain details

Sometimes, you can mess around with these strategically darkened teaser images in Photoshop and draw out a few details hidden in the inky blackness. Not so here —  we couldn’t find much hidden, except for a honkin’ three-pointed star right there on the nose above a fairly wide grille.

We’ve been hearing about this car for a while now, but with a reveal promised at the Frankfurt motor show, we won’t have to wait too much longer.

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar front view

Photoshop tomfoolery doesn’t reveal much here, save for that prominent three-pointed Mercedes star on the nose.

Graham Kozak

Graham Kozak – Graham Kozak drove a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high school because he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all the things they’re doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are pretty nifty too.
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