The Mercedes-AMG One finally made its production debut in late May, nearly seven years after the concept was first unveiled. The F1-engined hypercar, which was delayed a few times because the engineers had trouble meeting emissions regulations, was considered a forbidden fruit in the United States because regulations would impair performance. It didn’t help that an F1 engine idles at 5,000 rpm, and getting it down to 1,200 rpm was quite a challenge.
“We have exceeded expectations with the Mercedes-AMG One. We have undoubtedly reached our breaking point due to the tremendous technical challenges involved in making a modern Formula 1 powertrain practical for use on the road every day “said Mercedes-chairman AMG’s of the management board, Philipp Schiemer. “During the project’s development, some people might have believed that it couldn’t be completed. The Affalterbach and Great Britain teams, on the other hand, never gave up and had confidence in themselves. All of the participants have my utmost respect, and I am pleased with the way we worked together.”
F1 Engine In A Street Car
For the German manufacturer, getting it to work correctly in a street application has been frustrating. The AMG One produces 566 hp (422 kW) on its own and has a single turbocharger with electric assist. Since the initial announcement in 2017 back in this thread, it has been known that Mercedes was using an actual F1 engine for the One. However, it does operate; the 1.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine spins to a glorious 11,000 rpm redline using a single turbocharger and electric assist.
The amazing engine is only half the powertrain story of the Mercedes-AMG One. Two motors are located in front, one at each wheel generating 322 hp combined. The third motor is installed with the gasoline engine, sending 161 hp to the crankshaft. The fourth motor is the one tied to the high-tech turbocharger, adding another 121 hp.
Electrified For Shocking Performance
The One’s lithium-ion batteries required a lot of attention from Mercedes engineers. Even though the plug-in hybrid only has an 8.4 kWh total capacity, maintaining their coolness was essential for optimal performance. Additionally, the automaker was able to reduce the battery’s overall size and weight as a result. It only has 8.4 kWh of total battery capacity because it is a plug-in hybrid rather than a pure electric vehicle.
As a result, the vehicle maintains battery temperatures of about 45 degrees Celsius while producing over 1,000 combined horsepower. The Mercedes-Benz AMG One is the world’s first all-electric car that can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds when all of its systems are working together. The AMG One has a top speed of 219 mph.
Suspension And Body
The monocoque chassis of the One, which features push-rod suspension, is also engineered for maximum performance. The suspension can be changed for Comfort, Sport, or Sport + in the driving submodes. Depending on the selected drive mode, the AWD system’s torque vectoring also comes in a variety of flavours.
The body is a case study in aerodynamics, as you might expect. At speeds over 31 mph, it produces a negative lift, though Mercedes is reticent to say how much downforce is available. The One is awash in active aero components, so it’s possible that this is because it depends on the specific drive mode selected. Active spoilers are present on the front diffuser, there are ventilation holes in the front wheel arches, and the rear wing is present as well. Mercedes claims that downforce is five times greater in the Track mode of the Race Plus and Strat2 programmes than it is in the regular highway mode. A third low-drag mode for achieving top speed is called Race DRS.
Interior And Features
The engine and suspension are just two aspects of the Formula 1 experience. Two 10-inch digital screens protrude from the dashboard in an almost afterthought fashion. There are stylish speaker grilles and climate control vents integrated into the carbon fibre and leather surroundings. The AMG One’s interior features deeply sculptured seats that allow your legs to be oriented straight out. Two 10-inch digital screens protrude from the dashboard in an almost afterthought fashion, and the driver grips a rectangular steering wheel modelled after an F1 car.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 M01 tyres and carbon-ceramic disc brakes are installed on the Mercedes-AMG One. Even better, there are long-running rumours that Mercedes is attempting to break a Nurburgring record with its benchmark hypercar.
We’ll have to wait and see about that. We must also wait to see if Mercedes intends to change the previously reported information regarding AMG One production. Such details were missing from the automaker’s most recent announcement, despite the fact that we’ve known for some time that only 275 of the $2 million vehicles are planned. And every single one has been claimed.
That doesn’t mean you’ll never come across one in the open. At the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the AMG One will make its public debut toward the end of June.