The Mercedes-AMG One Hypercar Probably Shouldn’t Have Happened

The Mercedes-AMG One proves that F1-powered hypercars and low emissions cannot co-exist peacefully

As far as high-performance cars go, the Mercedes-AMG One is one of the most impressive technological feats of our time. Unfortunately, it’s for that very reason that Mercedes management now regrets indulging in the ambitious project. While putting an F1 powertrain into a road-going car sounds great and it has been done in the past, apparently, Mercedes management did not account for all the challenges caused by adapting a racing engine for road use.

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The Mercedes-AMG One concept was introduced back in 2017 at the International Motor Show in Germany as the flagship Mercedes-AMG model. Production of the hypercar is scheduled for 2022 with a short run of 275 examples all of which are already spoken for.

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The AMG One is a classic approach to making high-performance vehicles.

As Mercedes chairman, Ola Källenius, explained, “The team at AMG and the [AMG] High-Performance Powertrain Formula 1 arm came to us about four years ago and said ‘we’ve got a great idea, let’s put a Formula 1 engine into a road car’. I will have to go back to check the meeting minutes, but I’m sure we were drunk when we said yes”.
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Källenius also said that more information about Mercedes’ F1-powered hypercar will be revealed “in a couple of weeks”. The AMG One is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 and three electric motors for a combined output of over 1,000 horsepower. This enables the AMG One to sprint from 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 218 mph (351 km/h).

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The main engineering challenge for the AMG One is getting its hybrid powertrain focused around a racing engine to comply with WLTP emissions standards. Another challenge stemming from that is the addition of a Petrol Particulate Filter (PPF) without compromising the car’s performance. Mercedes says it will post a “very honest documentary” about the AMG One’s progress.

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With production scheduled to commence in 2022, we can expect that Mercedes-AMG engineers have more or less figured out how to make the F1 powertrain comply with the latest emissions standards. Unless the upcoming statement regarding the high-performance vehicle mentions another delay in production, we should be able to see the first batch of AMG Ones hit the road sometime between 2022 and 2023.

Source: Autocar

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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