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Report: Will Mercedes-AMG's Project One rewrite the Nurbugring record?

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Jose Altoveros / Mercedes-AMG | March 12, 2018 13:48

Mercedes-AMG Project One aims to be the fastest car around the 'Ring

Currently, Porsche, together with the 911 GT2 RS, holds the production road car record at the Nurburgring with a lap time of 6 minute 47 seconds. However, that time is still way off the fastest lap ever recorded on the Green Hell which is 6 minutes and 11 seconds, set by Stefan Bellof back in 1983. Since then, no other vehicle has come close to that time. But that fact doesn't seem to faze Mercedes-AMG though together with its Project One hypercar.

During an interview with Autocar UK, AMG boss Tobias Moers said that it is 'reasonable to speculate' that the Project One is capable of being the fastest car ever to lap the Nurburgring. That said, it could even surpass the lap record of Bellof with a Porsche 956 Group C racecar which has stood for 35 years.

Report: Mercedes-AMG Project One aims to be fastest car at 'Ring, ever

According to Moers, the challenge would not be in pushing the car to its limits. Instead, the more important factor in setting a new lap time would be to find the right driver that is capable of doing the feat. That said, Mercedes-AMG could possibly enlist their two Formula 1 drivers should the attempt push through.

It's easy to see as to why Moers would say that the Hyper One is capable of setting the new Nurburgring lap record. Mercedes-AMG claims that the hypercar can produce 675kg of downforce and weighing in around 1,300 kg to 1,400kg.

Under the hood, there is a 1.6-liter tubrocharged V6 coupled with four electric motors, which produce over 1,000 PS combined. Power will then be sent to all-four wheels via an automatic gearbox with a top speed listed at 350km/h.

Whether or not all that power and tech is enough to beat a 35 year record, we will just have to wait and see.

Source: Autocar UK