|All pictures © Brian Byrne & Trish Whelan.|
The main line is that this year 'electric' is the story instead of being a significant start of the show. Every major manufacturer is showcasing current or in conception models which in one form or another are on their way to showrooms in the next few years.
One that won't be static in any showroom, because only a select 275 people will be able to buy one, at around €2.5m a pop, is the Mercedes-AMG Project One (above). With a 1.6 V8 engine from the M-B Formula 1 programme and a set of mighty electric motors, this is the street-legal hybrid to beat all hybrids, with more than 1,000hp on tap. Probably the overall star of Frankfurt 2017.
And then back with the future, a GLC Fuel Cell prototype showcased the possibility of travelling 400km on a fill of hydrogen, along with the ability to go 50km on the battery should you get caught short between fill-ups.
Meanwhile, none of the foregoing rich enough for your blood? The 911 GT2 RS should sort you out there … if you can get through the crush.
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