It's still a long way from setting a new Nürburgring record.
We’ve seen the Mercedes-AMG Project One quite often since its official unveiling last year. That is, we’ve seen it in pictures, and sitting still at auto shows. Mercedes has been making some big noise recently about the hypercar possibly being the fastest car to ever lap the Nürburgring – as in faster than everything, including race cars – but we've yet to even seen this car move under its own power. Until now.
Mercedes-AMG brought the Project One to last weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, and YouTuber Ethan Reish happened to be in the right place at the right time with his camera. Or rather, he did his best to hunt down the hypercar in several locations then tracked its movements. The video actually starts off with the car being uncovered in a parking garage, which is mildly interesting but not terribly exciting.
That’s why we have the video set to start at the 1:37 mark, showing the Project One on the street headed to its parking spot. Admittedly the action isn’t up to Fast and Furious levels just yet – this is a prototype after all, and not yet road legal. But we still get a sense of the car’s presence on the street for the first time, and as is often the case with such cars, it looks better in its natural habitat. In fact, it some ways it looks less exotic outside of the motor show environment and more production ready.
And then we’re reminded the Project One is very much not production-ready, as it needs a push to get up a fairly tepid incline. The videographer says it can’t climb the grade under its own power, but we have no idea if that’s actually true or if there’s another reason why several people are pushing it. We also get to see the tail end of an argument between security at the event and the car's minders, who ease the car past a number of 'keep off the grass' signs to leave the Project One on the grass before it makes its final move inside. Exciting times – but surely nothing approaching the drama of what the finish thing will be capable of.