For more than a decade, Mercedes and Cigarette Racing have been creating some cross-industry synergy, a collaboration that has resulted in eight special edition boats inspired by Mercedes sports cars. There have been some superlative machines, including the AMG Electric Drive Concept and the GT S Concept, and now that Mercedes-AMG is busy building its most advanced hypercar of all time, it follows that the ninth team-up boat is just as cutting edge.
With 3,100-hp of Mercury Racing engine might and a carbon fiber and Kevlar-heavy build, the 51-foot (15.5-m) 515 Project One can slice through the water at speeds up to 140 mph (225 km/h). It’s like an F1 race car for the open seas.
Who said you have to wait for a supercar to be fully prepared before building a boat in its honor? Mercedes-AMG revealed a Project One concept car at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The car won’t start rolling out to buyers until next year, but the show car was clearly enough to get the Cigarette folks moving on their own Project One, a potent powerboat revealed this week at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show.
The 515 Project One measures 51 ft 5 in (15.7 m) long and has a widened 9.5-foot (2.9-m) beam, providing enough room to keep six people comfy. The boat has 30 percent more surface area than Cigarette’s 50-foot (15.2-m) Marauder while offering comparable performance