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AMG Quite Literally Uncovers New Project One Hypercar

From track to street with F1-derived 1,020 hp gas-electric drivetrain.

by on May.30, 2017

AMG's F1-derived driveline pairs a 748-hp 1.6-liter turbo V-6 with four electric motors.

When AMG said it was going to uncover its new Project One hypercar at the 24-hour race at Nurburgring over the weekend, it wasn’t kidding.

The Mercedes-Benz performance arm rolled out the platform for the 1,020-horsepower monster, sans body. But it offered a good look at how AMG plans to take Formula One technology from track to street, a move that will not only deliver neck-snapping performance but also give Project One owners bragging rights for operating the cleanest hypercar on the road.

Fuel Up!

“We are the first to make pure bred F1 technology roadworthy,” said AMG Chairman Tobias Moers, during the Project One preview, adding that the hypercar “shifts up the boundaries of what is technically feasible.”

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Fangio’s Silver Arrow Race Car Captures Record $31.6 Mil at Auction

Argentine legend raced the Mercedes to F1 championship in 1954.

by on Jul.15, 2013

Juan Manuel Fangio scored an F1 world championship in this Silver Arrow - and launched a major Grand Prix comeback for Mercedes-Benz.

With the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio behind the wheel, the sleek Silver Arrow – a Mercedes-Benz type W 196 R Grand Prix race car — dominated the European motor sports circuit in 1954.  And now it has taken the checkered flag – make that the record auction bid – at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale.

A so far unidentified telephone bidder came up with an offer of nearly 17.5 million British pounds – or $29.6 million – for the grand prix car, apparently the old post-war Silver Arrow that was in private ownership. When fees are added in, that boosted the price to $31.6 million, according to Bonhams, the British auction house that handled the sale.

Take the Checkered Flag!

The Silver Arrow was “the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale,” proclaimed Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks.  While there might be some debate over that claim, there appears to be no dispute that the gavel came down on a record bid, at least at auction.  According to Autoblog.com, the highest price previously gaveled in was the $16.39 million paid in 2011 for a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR prototype.

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Schumacher Hangs Up His Helmet

“Time to say goodbye” -- but hints a comeback could follow.

by on Oct.04, 2012

F1 legend Michael Schumacher preparing for a race with his Mercedes team.

Michael Schumacher, the man who rewrote the Formula One record book, has announced plans to retire – again – at the end of the F1 season.  The news comes just a week after the Mercedes team announced Schumacher would be replaced by Lewis Hamilton next year.

Schumacher’s departure follows a season in which he simply couldn’t deliver the consistent performance he had while driving for the Benetton and Ferrari teams where he racked up seven world championships and 91 individual grand prix wins, both records.

Sporting News!

The 43-year-old German legend made his announcement while getting ready for the upcoming weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, in Suzuka.  Last week’s decision by Mercedes to replace Schumacher was clearly a setback, but there had been numerous reports he was being sought by another team, most likely Sauber.

Instead, Schumacher revealed his decision “to retire at the end of the year.”  He insisted he was “able and capable” of continuing to compete but realized, “at some point it’s time to say goodbye – and this time it might be forever.”

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