The Mercedes-AMG ONE is finally ready for production
Let’s go back in time … about five years … in 2017 an amazing concept car was shown by Mercedes-AMG, the Project One, it took until well into 2022 before this Formula One car for the road was finally ready to go into production, this two-seater super sports car boasts the most modern and efficient Formula 1 hybrid drive technology, straight from the race track to the road for the first time. This limited-edition performance hybrid comes with a total output of 782 kW (1063 hp), courtesy of a classic combustion engine combined with a total of four electric motors, the top speed has been electronically limited to 352 km/h. Development of this engine was done in close cooperation with the Formula 1 experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, and more importantly, the production-ready Mercedes-AMG ONE comes to the Festival of Speed at Goodwood (23 to 26 June 2022) where we’ll be able to see this hypercar in action.
“With the Mercedes-AMG ONE, we have more than pushed the envelope. The immense technical challenges of making a modern Formula 1 powertrain suitable for everyday road use have undoubtedly pushed us to our limits. Over the duration of the development period, many may have thought that the project would be impossible to implement. Nevertheless, the teams in Affalterbach and the UK never gave up and believed in themselves. I have the highest respect for all those involved and am proud of this team achievement. To put such a hypercar on wheels is certainly unique. This applies to us as Mercedes-AMG not only from a technical point of view, but also in terms of the close exchange with our loyal customers. Together with us, they have gone through ups but also downs in the course of development. They were an integral part of Project One from the very beginning and can now look forward to the highly exclusive and unique Mercedes-AMG ONE, which has now also been able to clear the next hurdle and passed all ECE certification tests”, says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“The performance data of the Mercedes-AMG ONE are ultimately only a small excerpt of what technology is in this vehicle. Apart from a Formula 1 powertrain that generates 1063 hp from a relatively small, highly efficient internal combustion engine in combination with four electric motors, the monumental task was above all the exhaust gas aftertreatment. The Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains teams have really done a great job here. This project was partly a curse and a blessing at the same time. But we have walked the stony path, and as a technician you naturally get carried away with all the details. From the materials used, the exceptional chassis components to the aerodynamic refinements – in terms of complexity, the Mercedes-AMG ONE is hard to beat. In a Formula 1 car, a team of engineers with laptops makes sure that the powertrain starts. With our hypercar, all it takes is the push of a button. This also illustrates the immense software know-how that has gone into this vehicle”, says Jochen Hermann, Technical Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Power in this brand new Mercedes-AMG ONE comes from a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid petrol engine with electrically assisted single-turbocharging corresponds in its technology to the current Formula 1 power unit that comes with lightning-fast response, faster than a naturally aspirated V8 engine, also keep in mind this V6 engine comes from the Formula One track, so she can rev up to 11,000 rpm, but for longer durability and the use of commercial super plus petrol, it deliberately stays below the F1 rev limit. Power to the front wheels comes solely from two 120 kW electric motors that can spin up to 50,000 rpm and are connected to the front wheels via a reduction gear.
The Mercedes-AMG ONE starts silently at first by switching on the electric motors on the front axle, but at the same time, the catalytic converters are preheated, as the actual V6 combustion engine will not start until the correct catalytic converter temperature is reached. The car comes with six drive programs: Race Safe is the standard program with an on-demand hybrid driving mode and all-electric start-up. Only when higher power is required does the combustion engine switch on. Then you get to Race which is a real hybrid driving mode with a bespoke charging strategy, in this mode the combustion engine runs continuously and can charge the high-voltage battery more so that full-electric power is always available.
Naturally, the Mercedes-AMG ONE also comes as a real EV, with the all-electric driving mode. But for us gearheads the Race Plus mode, which should be used on the race track only, sounds really interesting, it comes with active aerodynamics, a chassis lowering by 37 mm (front)/30 mm (rear), some firmer chassis tuning, and special performance management for a really quick stint on the track, and it gets even wilder when you switch to the Strat 2 mode, again just for the race track, but now you get active aerodynamics, an even firmer suspension tuning while the car is also lowered vehicle lowering by 37 mm (front)/30 mm (rear), and in this mode, you get the full power from all motors just as in a Formula 1 qualifying round. Very intimidating accelerations are possible with the RACE START function in the Race, Race Plus, and Strat 2 drive programs: the sprint from a standstill to 200 km/h is completed in just 7.0 seconds.
At the front, the Mercedes-AMG ONE runs on 10.0 J x 19 wheels with 285/35 ZR 19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tires, which were developed exclusively for the hypercar, and at the rear on 12.0 J x 20 wheels, with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tires in size 335/30 ZR 20, and to really make things interesting, the design of the sidewall comes with the Mercedes-AMG ONE silhouette and the number 1, now that’s a set of exclusive tires for you.
Let’s first take a look at two videos on this amazing new 1,000+ hp hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, finally, the ONE will make it to its customers, but let’s hear from Top Gear and CarWOW what it’s all about on this Formula 1 technology for the road as they call it in Affalterbach, and make sure to check out our extensive image gallery below these two videos where we show you every angle of this sleek hypercar, along with some stunning details and a look at the race-car style interior, and below the photos we publish the technical specifications for those that are interested in that.