On AMG’s 55th anniversary, the highly anticipated hyper-F1 car hits the road
Conceived during the Paleolithic period, strength tested throughout the Middle Ages and assembled after the fall of Constantinople, Mercedes-AMG has finally unveiled the production version of its highly anticipated hypercar.
yes it has been That long, AMG. After a seemingly endless wait, the Mercedes-AMG One arrives: a two-seater Formula 1 car for the road.
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Not a metaphor, but a fact, because the AMG One uses the famous 1.6-liter turbo hybrid V6 from Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. Well, when Hamilton’s F1 car was fast.
AMG worked closely with the F1 bids at Brixworth to build a turbocharged combustion engine with four electric motors: one on the turbo, another on the engine and two driving the front wheels, each capable of spinning up to 50,000 rpm. . This fast V6 is center mounted and is said to spin faster than a wet-asp V8 thanks to a range of F1-derived solutions.
Like an electrified turbo. Spur gears driving the cams. Pneumatic valve springs instead of mechanical ones. And so on. The revs reach 11,000 rpm – a little shy of Gordon Murray’s T.50 and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, but still. eleven thousand† It is covered there to preserve the longevity of the device, as it is, of course, a street car.
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More F1 technology arrives in the form of the MGU-K, which captures excess exhaust gas energy and stores it in the battery or feeds it directly into the electrified front axle. Singing everything together – MGU-K, MGU-H, front axle motors and engine – the whole puts out 1,048 horsepower. Hilariously, AMG can’t tell us the torque figure because of the “complex powertrain”. That’s right, the One is too complex for the human mind.
Fast enough to melt your mind, of course. AMG expects 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, 0-186 km/h in 15.6 seconds and a top speed of 219 km/h. At the other end of the scale, it’s able to cover just over 18 miles on battery power alone, while its combined emissions are 198g/km. Weight? 1,695kg.
The F1-derived battery gets special coolant that flows through each individual cell at all times for optimum temperatures, and features numerous lightweight concepts to keep weight down. This engine and battery configuration comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox that has been specially developed for the AMG One. It’s light, and both it and the engine are bolted directly to the carbon fiber monocoque as load-bearing parts. Just like in an F1 car.
Surrounding this monocoque is an aluminum chassis, with five-arm suspension and a pair of adjustable struts front and rear. Indeed, the coilovers get push rod springs transverse to the direction of travel to prevent them from rolling through “very fast changes of direction”. The dampers are adaptive, of course, hilariously ranging from Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings, the latter only available through the car’s Race Plus and Strat 2 driving modes.
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The four-wheel drive chassis — which can be lowered front and rear as part of its active aero — also gets torque vectoring, although ABS and three-stage ESP are concessions to its road handling. Probably worth keeping that on until you’re fully acclimated to 1,048 horsepower.
Enough time to absorb those cans. More clearly a road car than the Valkyrie, the body is all function over form. “Muscular” is how AMG describes it, and there’s no denying its presence. Low, wide with a ‘wasp’ waist designed for optimum aero efficiency, it is said to generate downforce from just 50 mph. That should make the drive to do your weekly shop… entertaining.
It’s kept the car proportions we’ve seen since the Middle Ages, of course, with that gaping front end with huge intakes, hood vents, active flaps on the diffuser, that roof-mounted intake, a two-piece rear diffuser and an active rear wing. . Squint, and it’s very clearly the descendant of the 1990s CLK GTR road car, which isn’t a bad thing, of course.
Inside, it’s about as easy as getting a multi-million-pound hunk of unobtanium. A pair of racing seats locked in place (pedal box and steering wheel are adjustable), a multifunction F1-style steering wheel and a pair of 10-inch digital displays in front of the driver and center. A screen replaces the rear-view mirror and there’s plenty of exposed carbon fiber for that full ‘box-box’ feel.
“The enormous technical challenges of making a modern F1 powertrain suitable for everyday road use have undoubtedly pushed us to the limit,” explains AMG boss Philipp Schiemer, who of course took over the project once championed by former AMG CEO Tobias Moers. “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. It is certainly unique to put such a hypercar on wheels,” he added.
So then, here it is. AMG’s road-legal F1 car. It took a long time, but was the wait worth it? Let us know below.