The fate of Mercedes-Benz’ insanely ambitious A hypercar was greatly enhanced. The Mercedes-AMG One has arrived after multiple delays and communication failures. And we now have new images of the completed hybrid hypercar. The German luxury car maker has finally unveiled the AMG One, a street-legal hypercar inspired by Formula 1.
In case you forgot, the production model seems to follow the vision of Lewis Hamilton and the then Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche from 2017. The Mercedes-AMG One has a 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine derived from Mercedes’ F1 powertrain technology. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both race in their Formula 1 cars with the same powertrain.
The company’s road car section collaborated with the High-Performance division’s racing team in Brixworth, UK. Despite Mercedes adapting this car for road use, this monster continues to deliver insane results. That is, 1050 horsepower combined with four of the F1 powerplant’s hybrid systems. According to Mercedes-AMG they will only make 275 copies. Eight of these are destined for Australia, making it the company’s wildest model.
Mercedes-Benz’s long-awaited quest to create a road car based on F1 technology has finally become a reality.
Mercedes-AMG One: active aerodynamic system
The Mercedes-AMG ONE features the most advanced active aero technology ever seen in a production car. Three different aerodynamic setups are accessible. Depending on the driver’s wishes and the selected driving program. Adjustable rear wing features allow a flap to be extended or retracted. Depending on whether maximum top speed or high downforce has priority.
Highway, for example, closes the wheel arch slats, blocks the active front diffuser flaps and moves the rear wing. For optimal downforce, track mode opens the louvers and extends the front diffuser and rear wing flap. Compared to highway mode, it increases this up to five times. The front axle is 1.4 inches lower, while the rear axle is 1.18 inches lower.
Finally, Race DRS mode reduces drag and downforce (about 20%, according to Mercedes) to improve peak performance on long straights. We can activate DRS mode with the push of a button, just like in an F1 car. The rear wing flap is fully retracted and the slats are closed at racetracks. When the driver brakes or lateral acceleration is detected, DRS can be deactivated automatically.
Mercedes-AMG One: six driving modes to snipe the track and the streets
There are six riding modes, two of which are for track use only. Another is an electric-only driving mode, in which the AMG One can drive 18 kilometers on electricity alone. From the self-explanatory Electric mode to Race Safe mode, where he only uses the motor when extra power is needed. And then there’s the Race mode, which keeps the engine running endlessly. This ensures that full electrical power is always available.
Then we have two more racetrack modes, the Race Plus and Strat 2. Both settings activate the active aerodynamics. This results in more downforce and reduced suspension. They created the Strat 2 mode to give owners a realistic experience of F1. Show how F1 drivers push their vehicles during races and deliver real potential to all engines. Ultimately, the individual mode allows drivers to fine-tune the many settings related to the different road modes. This allows users to tailor the car’s setup to the streets.
According to Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, “With the Mercedes-AMG ONE we have more than pushed the boundaries. The immense technical challenges of making a modern Formula 1 powertrain suitable for everyday road use have undoubtedly pushed us to the limit. During 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.”
Mercedes-AMG One: F1 style steering wheel and other features
When you step into the cockpit of the Mercedes-AMG One, you imagine yourself in an F1 car. It has an F1-style rectangular steering wheel with almost all of the car’s controls. In addition, it has shift lights and a DRS activation system. The flattened top and bottom of the F1-style steering wheel stick out, and it’s packed with drive modes and suspension options.
We can adjust the pedal box to eleven levels and the steering wheel can be adjusted electrically. We also have two 10-inch screens. One in the middle, angled towards the driver, displays the most important information. They perfectly integrated automatic air conditioning vents and speaker grilles into the carbon fiber and suede trim. The car is equipped with power windows and butterfly doors, which have been taken from the concept.
We can change the AMG Motorsport seat pans to a 25 or 30 degree angle. There are adjustable footrests for both the driver and passenger. Many have tried in the past to fit an F1 powertrain into a road car, be it the Ferrari F50, Renault Espace F1, BMW E60 M5 or Mercedes’ biggest rival Aston Martin Valkyrie. Still, Mercedes-AMG One is the closest thing to the real thing.