About five years after the launch of the Mercedes-AMG Project One concept, we finally see the Mercedes-AMG One in its final production form. The most anticipated hypercar from Affalterbach and one of the most successful teams in the history of the F1 is true to the design of the concept and defends the promise of a hybrid powertrain from a motorsport with a combined output of 1,049 hp (782 kW / 1,063)).
True to the concept of design and active arrow
The Mercedes-AMG One looks almost identical to the 2017 concept, with the central fins retaining the integrated roof scoop, active levers in the front fender, open door at the top, and active rear spoiler. A closer look reveals that the rear end is slightly redesigned with the more prominent lip above the LED taillights, and there are a few differences between the huge diffuser with F1-inspired triple exhaust pipes. Other changes include a removable carbon-fiber engine cover that integrates larger NACA air intakes and larger wing mirrors.
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The most obvious changes feature an aerodynamic carbon-fiber cover with new 10-spoke imitation aluminum wheels. These wheels are designed for Hypercar only, but in the usual Mercedes fashion, there are optional 9-spoke magnesium imitation wheels with patented bionic design and the same partial cover.
Active, hydraulic controlled aerodynamics can be set in three different settings. The “highway” is for general use with closed louvers, extended front flaps and a retractable rear wings, while “track” folded front flaps, open louvers, fully extended rear wings and five times more downforce for this. The suspension has been reduced to 37 mm at the front and 30 mm at the rear. Finally, “Race DRS” low drag mode reduces downforce by 20 percent at the touch of a button so you can easily overtake your opponent before making the next turn. This function is automatically disabled when the driver brakes or lateral acceleration is detected.
A street-legal monster with F1 power
The e-performance branded hybrid powertrain with a combined output of 1,049 hp (782 kW / 1,063 PS) has an internal combustion engine and four electric motors. An electric turbo, four overhead camshafts, an 11,000 rpm rev limit, mid-mounted 1.6-liter V6 with direct injection and port injection, available from Mercedes’ F1 single-seater. Only ICE produces 566 PS (422 kW / 574 PS), which is a huge figure for such a small capacity motor. For electric motors, one adds 161 hp (120 kW / 163 PS) to a crankshaft, combined with another turbocharger that produces 121 hp (90 kW / 122 PS) and the front axle produces twin motors a combined 322 PS (240 kW / 32). . AMG claims that the response from the Hybrid V6 is significantly faster than the naturally ambitious V8, the electric turbo enables higher torque at lower rpm.
The rear axle of the Hypercar combines a locking differential hybrid with a new seven-speed automatic manual gearbox, while the front axle is driven exclusively by a dual electric motor. AMG Performance 4Matic + fully flexible all-wheel-drive system and torque vectoring of the front axle provides the best possible traction. Additionally, front electric motors allow up to 80 percent power recovery during downtime, helping to charge high-performance lightweight lithium-ion batteries that feature a direct cooling system. The battery has a capacity of 8.4 kWh and allows 18.1 km (11.3 miles) of electric range when it can be charged with an integrated 3.7 kW onboard charger.
The driver has access to six drive modes: Race Safe (normal operation with electric motor predominant), Race (hybrid operation with ICE that continuously maintains full electric range), EV (zero-emission all-electric mode), Race Plus (Hib) Arrow, downward chassis with strong tuning), Strat 2 (maximum power and most aggressive chassis setup, only suitable for race tracks), and personal (custom settings). The race start function allows acceleration of 0-200 km / h (0-124 mph) in 7 seconds, while AMG does not release 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph). For maximum speed, it is electronically limited to 352 km / h (219 miles per hour).
Mercedes has added four preheated metal catalytic converters, two ceramic catalytic converters, two gasoline particulate filters and a titanium rear silencer to comply with the strict EU6 emissions regulations obtained from Motorsport.
Ready to attack the racetrack
The Mercedes-AMG One is based on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis that incorporates an aluminum front and rear subframe, while the engine and transmission fulfill load-bearing functions. Each axle of the coilover suspension has five links and two adjustable suspension struts. It can be specified in Comfort, Sport and Sport + settings, with the front reduced by 37mm (1.5 inches) and the rear by 30mm (1.2 inches) for handling and aerodynamics. There is also a front axle lift function for driving on ramps or speed bumps.
The lightweight wheels have 285/35 ZR19 on the front and 335/30 ZR20 on the rear. The Lightweight AMG Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Composite Brake System features a 398 mm (15.7 inch) front disc and a 380 mm (15 inch) rear disc with a six-piston caliper and a four-piston caliper. All four discs are internally ventilated and perforated.
Mercedes designers chose a form-fall-function design for the interior, making sure everything was where it needed to be. The two racing-style seats converge on top of the central tunnel, looking like an extension of a carbon-fiber monocoque, while their backs can be adjusted in two positions. The F1-style steering wheel with shift lights and integrated buttons is electrically adjustable and the paddle box and passenger footrest are mechanically adjustable, so you can find your optimal driving position.
Creature Comfort includes two USB ports, two free-standing 10-inch display digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen, climate vent, and a digital rearview mirror that shows real-time footage from the mirrorcam because the rear windshield. In terms of materials, napa leather and black Dynamica microfiber are everywhere, exposed carbon fiber, combined with upholstery and metallic accents.
A bumpy road to success
Philip Scheimer, chairman of the board of management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, acknowledged the challenges they had to go through in developing the Hypercar: The huge technological challenge of adapting a modern Formula 1 powertrain to everyday road use has undoubtedly pushed us to our limits. ” In the same vein, Joachim Harman, technical managing director of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, added that “the project was partly a curse and at the same time a blessing”, with both executives praising the team for their accomplishments.
The Mercedes-AMG One will produce 275 units and has already sold for $ 2.72 million each. The Hypercar will make its first public outing at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from 23 to 26 June. The Mercedes-AMG One will compete with the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Gordon Murray T50s, both with the V12 engine and a more track-focused variant with sport, as opposed to AMG’s one-size-fits-all approach.