Mercedes AMG One Production-Ready Supercar Revealed

The Mercedes F1 car’s hybrid 1.6 turbo V6 powertrain is used in this high-tech supercar.

Mercedes-AMG has revealed the production version of the spectacular Formula One-inspired One hypercar, with customer deliveries set to begin later this year.

The hardcore coupe is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG road car yet, combining a modified version of the firm’s 1.6-litre, V6 turbocharged grand prix engine with four electric motors for a combined output of 1062hp, as revealed by the Mercedes-AMG Project One concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

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  • Does 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds
  • Limited run of 275 models
  • Has four electric motors producing up to 163hp

It also becomes the brand’s fastest production car, with a top speed of 350kph, eclipsing the 342kph-capable Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR from 24 years ago.

AMG’s Road Unit and The Formula One Team Collaborated on This Project

The two-seat hypercar is the result of a close collaboration between Mercedes-regular AMG’s road car operation, the Mercedes-AMG F1 team, and the AMG High Performance Powertrains division, all of which are based in the United Kingdom.

The car will be limited to 275 units, all of which have already been sold for £2.2 million (over Rs 22 crore, before taxes and duties). The One was supposed to be released in 2019, but it had a difficult pregnancy, owing to the high-tech powertrain’s emission compliance and F1-grade active aerodynamics.

Mercedes-AMG One has a Monocoque Carbon Fiber Chassis

The carbon fiber monocoque of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Ferrari SF90 Stradale rival has an integrated steel roll bar. This supports a large rear sub-frame for the petrol-electric powertrain as well as a carbon-fiber and titanium-reinforced rear chassis.

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The production version of the One looks remarkably similar to the original concept. The body, which is made up of a mix of carbon fiber and composite plastic, was designed to generate the most downforce possible.

It has active elements in the front cooling ducts, louvres on top of the front wheelhouses, and a two-piece rear wing that extends.

Mercedes-AMG One has a Lot of Tricks up Its Sleeve in Terms of Aerodynamics

There are three different aerodynamic modes: highway, in which the ducts and louvres are closed and the rear wing is retracted; urban, in which the ducts and louvres are closed and the rear wing is retracted; and urban, in which the ducts and louvres are Race Max Downforce, with the ducts and louvres open and the rear wing fully extended; and Race DRS, with the ducts and louvres closed and the rear-wing flap retracted.

With large ducts in the nose, an airbox that arcs over the cabin, and large extractors at the back to draw hot air out of the engine bay, cooling plays an important role in the coupe’s appearance.

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The center-locking 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels come with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tyres and are available in forged aluminum as standard or forged magnesium as an option. Carbon fiber elements also help to smooth airflow and dissipate heat from the brakes and wheelhouses.

Mercedes-AMG One has a Powerful Engine

The V6 engine is a variant of the British-engineered F1 engine that has helped Mercedes win eight consecutive constructors’ championships. It produces 573hp at 9,000rpm, just 2,000rpm shy of the redline.

Electrically heatable catalysts and petrol particulate filters, as well as a titanium rear silencer, are included to ensure compliance with all existing emission regulations.

The four electric motors include those found in Mercedes-AMG grand prix cars from recent years. A 122 horsepower motor is located between the turbocharger and the electric compressor on a shaft, while a 163 horsepower motor is located on the engine and connected to the driveshaft. The front axle houses the other two motors, each of which produces 163 horsepower.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has 1,062 horsepower, which is 333 horsepower more than the previous most powerful AMG road car. In comparison, the Valkyrie produces 1,175 horsepower and the SF90 Stradale produces 999 horsepower.

Because “the complex nature of the drivetrain does not allow a representative figure,” Mercedes-AMG does not provide a torque figure for the One. It does, however, claim that the One can sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.9 seconds, 0 to 200 kilometers per hour in 7.0 seconds, and 0 to 300 kilometers per hour in 15.6 seconds.

The transmission is a newly developed seven-speed automated manual gearbox with hydraulic operation, a four-disc clutch, and shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

Drive Modes for Mercedes-AMG One

Race Safe, Race, EV, Individual, Race Plus, and Strat 2 are the six driving modes, with the last two reserved for track use.

The powertrain in Race Safe provides on-demand hybrid properties. The engine is always running in Race, and it is used to charge the battery. EV stands for “electric vehicle.”

Race Plus activates an active aerodynamic function that lowers the suspension, deploys the rear wing for added downforce, and manages the powertrain’s “special performance.”

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Strat 2 (inspired by Mercedes-F1 AMG’s cars’ Strategy 2 setting) takes things even further, with even more extreme aerodynamic settings, a firmer suspension tune, and full power from all sources.

In addition, there is a Charge button that allows the driver to supplement brake-energy recovery with engine-powered battery charging. Meanwhile, an electronic traction control system has nine stages of engagement.

Interiors of The Mercedes-AMG One

The interior of the One is finished in a mix of synthetic leather and carbon fiber. The driver and passenger sit as low as possible in an inclined position, with their hips lower than their feet, thanks to the thin, non-adjustable seat squabs mounted directly to the monocoque’s floor.

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The airbag-equipped F1-style steering wheel has shift lights and rotary controls for the driving modes, traction control system, and rear wing, as well as a lot of adjustability in the pedal box. The dashboard has two rectangular digital displays, one in front of the driver for instruments and one in the center for car data and infotainment functions.

There’s air conditioning and power windows, as well as a digital rear-view mirror that works with a camera. Two USB C ports are located in a central storage area.

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