The Mercedes-AMG One has been in development for quite some time now. In fact, it’s literally been years in the making, numerous reports and teasers have come out about the “Hypercar”, finally, though its official (and final) iteration has been revealed.
So what makes the Mercedes-AMG One significant? well, it’s considered to be an F1 car for the road, borrowing technologies and philosophies the title-winning Mercedes-AMG F1 team has honed on the track.
Mercedes-AMG One Looks
As far as the looks are concerned, the F1 influence is evident. Its sculpted figure is for the love (and need) for aerodynamics, which is a big factor in F1. While it isn’t necessarily a good-looking vehicle, it does present itself as a striking “Hypercar” for the future.
Mercedes-AMG One Engine
Without a doubt, the highlight of the vehicle is its powertrain. Present under the hood is a 1.6-liter V6 turbo (derived) from Mercedes-AMG’s F1 car, complete with its energy recovery systems like the MGU-K and MGU-H.
The key difference between the F1 car’s engine and its road-going counterpart, the Mercedes-AMG One features electric motors (four to be exact). One electric motor helps the turbo, one helps out the engine, and the other two are connected to the front wheels; this makes the car an all-wheel-drive hypercar.
Total output is said to be 1,063PS, and according to Mercedes-AMG, the One hypercar can accelerate from zero and reach 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, 200 km/h in 7 seconds flat, 300 km/h in 12.9 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 352 km/h. (Wowza)
It needs to be pointed out that while the Mercedes-AMG One does have electric motors, it only (sadly) has a full-electric range of 17 kilometers.
As a technical exercise and achievement, the Mercedes-AMG One ticks the right boxes. Will the years of hard work and development payoff? we’ll have to wait and see.
What’s good though is the fact that manufacturers aren’t shying away from hypercars with internal combustion engines just yet.