There’s a good chance that the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, could be made in the UK, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers, one of a handful of company executives currently deciding its future.
The new hypercar’s engine and many of its body, chassis and suspension parts are already planned to be made in the UK alongside Formula 1 components at Mercedes’ F1 facilities in Brixworth and Brackley. It would be a short step to assemble the car here as well.
The Project One, which has yet to be given an official name, is to be built in a one-spec batch of 275 units, each costing about £2 million. The build rate will be around one a day, with work starting in 2019 once a test and development programme is complete and likely to run into 2020.
The cars are all sold and many prospective owners were part of the throng at the Frankfurt launch to see for the first time what they had bought. The batch was four times oversubscribed. “In 40 years at Mercedes,” Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said, “I have never known a car to be surrounded by so much hype.”