The automotive industry is evolving at every second, different era that conquers the front line of engineering perfection keeps on getting better. Car companies like to rival each other with powerful fast cars. We were once exposed to the hybrid supercar era in 2013.
McLaren created the P1 which was a menace, brilliant car but then Porsche stepped in with their 918 Spyder which resulted in Ferrari joining the party with the LaFerrari. That was truly the best rivalry ever. You would think nothing will ever get close to that excitement, well that’s all about to change.
A new era is upon us and it is more focused on taking the F1 experience onto the road. You get a choice of two, from Mercedes Benz we have the Mercedes-AMG One and from Aston Martin, we have the Valkyrie. Both cars are hybrid, both produce over 1000 horsepower and both are influenced by successful F1 teams.
This begs the question, which of one cuts the mustard?
Let’s start with the Mercedes. The hypercar was previously dubbed as the Project One at its early stages. This was developed side by side with the Mercedes-AMG F1 Petronas team. This has also had some influences from the five-time F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton. What’s really interesting about this car is that they took the chassis from an actual F1 car, tinkered with it a little and put it on the road.
They even took the F1 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine and modified it. Together with the hybrid system, it produces up to 1231 hp (918 kW). The engine can rev up to 11, 000 rpm which is quite frankly very loud. There is so much advanced engineering that has gone to this car.
Let’s move on to the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The Valkyrie is a joint collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. The Valkyrie is much more complex because most of its components come from different manufacturers. For an example, the engine is made by Cosworth, the hybrid system by Rimac, the lights by Wipac and the ECU unit by Bosch.
The engine is a 6.5 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces a staggering 1,130 hp (843 kW). This might be less than the Mercedes-AMG One but it has a greater power-to-weight ratio. So great that is achieves and surpasses the 1:1 ratio, in simple terms this produces a lot of horsepowers which is more than the weight of the car.
We have been blessed with two machines, let us compare the figures.
Power: Project One produces 1 231 hp, Valkyrie produces 1 130 hp.
Weight: Project One weighs 1 300 kg (estimated), Valkyrie weighs 1 030 kg
Sprint time 0-100 km/h: Project One takes 2.5 seconds, Valkyrie takes 2.5 seconds
Top speed: Project One 350 km/h, Valkyrie Unknown
Both are very close regarding performance. The exclusivity of these cars means that they are very expensive. There are only 275 Mercedes-AMG One planned to be built and each costs R37 million but you won’t be able to purchase one as they are already sold out like the Valkyrie. Aston Martin has planned the production of 150 units and 25 AMR Pro units. Each Valkyrie costs R43.5 million.
We really have to appreciate what these two car companies have achieved with cars which have absolute great performance and have rewritten the books of automotive engineering. I cannot say which one is better because both are absolutely excellent. More details will be revealed in the future.