— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) February 8, 2018
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We got a tiny glimpse of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar last week, but today we’re receiving “The Full Monty”. In a word, the car is simply stunning. As we previously reported, the Project ONE is heavily derived from Formula 1 technology, including its carbon fiber monocoque construction and its turbocharged V6 engine.
Starting with the engine, the 1.6-liter unit produces 612 horsepower by itself. But roughly 600hp isn’t enough for “hypercar” duty. You need more powah! So, the V6 is augmented by a total of four electric motors. Two front-mounted wheel motors add 160hp each (spinning at 50,000 RPM each), and are hooked up to their own single-speed transmission. A third 160hp eclectic motor is connected to the V6 engine’s crankshaft. If that wasn’t enough, a fourth electric motor is found within the turbocharger to help eliminate turbo lag.
Total system output is in excess of 1,000hp — and that’s not to mention that an extra 50hp is at your command using the overboost functionality. Drivers will harness all of this power with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed automated manual transmission, with shifting duties being handled by paddles behind the steering wheel. When operating at full tilt, the Project ONE can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and will reach a top speed of 217mph. It’s also said that it can dash from 0 to 124 mph in under 6 seconds, which is less than most cars can get to 60.
– Porsche Sales Surge To Record – 3 Years Ahead Of Plan (ZeroHedge, Feb 12, 2014):
It seems yet another (luxury) car maker did not get the “but it’s the weather” memo. Following Mercedes record sales in January, Porsche has announced today that expects to hit a target of selling more than 200,000 sports cars next year, three years earlier than originally scheduled. As Reuters reports, Volkswagen-owned Porsche is entering the lucrative segment of compact SUVs with its new Macan model, which has already sold out about eight months of production ahead of its arrival at German dealerships on April 4. Wealth effect, of course, is all that matters… and the promise of higher minimum wages and a Maserati in every garage.
Porsche expects to hit a target of selling more than 200,000 sports cars next year, three years earlier than originally scheduled, as the brand keeps pushing into sport-utility vehicles, Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said.
As a side note:
Do you remember the assassination of Alfred Herrhausen (Former Chairman of Deutsche Bank who came up with the ‘novel idea’ of debt forgiveness for insolvent countries like Mexico)?
Germany ‘lost’ Alfred Herrhausen’s blown up Mercedes 500 SE:
Terrible Google translation here:
– Why has the Herrhausen Car Wreck Disappeared (Die Welt, Jan 15, 2013)
– Warum ist das Herrhausen-Wrack verschwunden? (Die Welt, Jan 15, 2013)
Remember Josef Ackemann when asked about possible debt forgiveness for Greece on German TV (ZDF)?
„Ich glaube, es wäre mir gegangen wie Herrn Herrhausen.“
“I believe I would have ended up like Mr. Herrhausen.”
Bilderberg Josef Ackermann says it at around 6:28 into the video:
Bad things happen … especially to good people.
– “We Got The Message…” (Veterans Today, June 19, 2013):
By Gordon Duff
Imagine a new “E Class” Mercedes exploding in flames, burning to a cinder. 220 km/hr crashes on the Autobahn are often survived, certainly without a fire.
There is a reason to own a Mercedes, in normal circumstances the chances of dying in one are quite remote unless you are Lady Di or heir to the presidency of Syria or, just perhaps, wrote a scathing expose that dismembered part of one of the greatest drug empires of all time.
“Yes, you got Michael Hastings. We are warned. Lots of journalists are killed each year. Veterans Today loses its share, perhaps a bit more. ”
For those who didn’t watch the entire video, go back. Catch the last few seconds. I was flabbergasted.
Those of us who have “been there and done that,” and come back with more than the T Shirt say goodbye to one of ours.
– European Car Sales Drop To 20-Year Low, Germany Clobbered (ZeroHedge, June 18, 2013):
When the S&P, always so conveniently ahead of the curve, yesterday revised its forecast for Europe from growth in the second half of 2013 to 2014 one couldn’t help but golf clap, as well as wonder if they finally started looking at the fundamental depressionary reality on the ground instead of the rating agency’s infamous “models.” A depressionary reality confirmed by the latest car sales number for May which just hit a fresh 20 year low.
European car sales hit their lowest level for the month of May in 20 years as the region’s recession dragged on, the European automakers’ association said Tuesday.
They meant depression instead of recession, but it’s an honest mistake.
– German cars ‘among worst for engine failures’ (Auto Express, Jan 18, 2013):
German-made cars are not as reliable as many believe, according to new research. Warranty Direct has studied its claims data to compile a list of the manufacturers with the most reliable engines – and Audi, BMW and Volkswagen all finished in the bottom 10 out of a total 36 makers.
In fact, the only firm whose cars had a worse engine failure rate than Audi was MG Rover. MINI wasn’t much better, finishing third from bottom, while its parent company BMW came seventh from bottom. And, despite its reputation for rock-solid reliability, Volkswagen came ninth from bottom.
The Car Coach Lauren Fix on why ‘E15’ gas could damage drivers’ vehicles older than 2012 models.
– Worse Than The Infamous Lehman September: France’s Private Sector Gets Kicked Off A Cliff (ZeroHedge, Oct 1, 2012):
This should have been an exciting moment: the Paris auto show, “Mondial de l’Automobil,” this weekend with over 100 new models from around the world, from econo-boxes with rounded corners to exotic prototypes that will never see production. Chicks next to some of them. Nausea-inducing colors, downsized motors. Something for everyone. But it had been preceded by two days of supplier events loaded with the dire verbiage of an industry that is on a death march. Particularly in France, whose private sector is veering into economic fiasco. And on Monday, it became official.
A barometer of the real economy in France, new car sales as measured by registrations, crashed in September—down 18.3% from September last year, and accelerating (year-to-date, sales were down “only” 13.9%). It was the worst September in years, worse even than the infamous Lehman September of 2008. And 2012 is shaping up to be the worst year since long before the financial crisis.
Of the French brands, market leader PSA Peugeot Citroen saw sales drop “only” 5%, helped by the introduction of its new sub-compact Peugeot 208. But year to date, sales were down 18.4%. Renault got killed. A stunning 33.4% plunge for the month and 19.8% YTD.
An equal-opportunity fiasco. Even the heroes from across the Rhine got their clocks cleaned in France. Volkswagen (VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda) fell 17.4%. BMW and Mercedes where hit as well. GM (Opel, Chevrolet) tumbled 20.8%, Ford 31.5%. And Fiat, well, it might as well hang up its hat: down 38.4%!
Japan will ‘crash’:
Thirteen high-end sports car owners – and one driver of a Toyota Prius – were probably close to tears last night after a £2.5million motorway pile-up.