Production Mercedes-AMG One finally ready with 1,049 horsepower F1 engine

Five years after the unveiling of the prototype and three years after it went into production, the long delay Mercedes-AMG One Hypercar is finally ready for prime time. It’s no secret that Mercedes has struggled car development – it’s obviously difficult to run a Formula 1 powertrain in a road car – but the end product is truly impressive.

The One uses the same turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 as Mercedes’ multi-champion F1 cars, which alone develops 566 horsepower. The engine revs at an absurd 11,000 rpm, although the One keeps the rev limiter lower than the race car due to readily available gasoline and long-term durability. He has the same Engine Generator Unit Heat (MGU-H) as in F1, which includes a compressor turbine and an exhaust gas turbine connected by a shaft to which is attached a 121 hp electric motor. The One’s seven-speed automated manual transmission was designed specifically for the powertrain.

I love the shark fin.


But the One’s powertrain kicks things up a few extra notches. There are two 161hp electric motors on the front axle and a third 161hp motor mounted directly to the engine and linked to the crankshaft, giving the One all-wheel drive with torque vectoring capabilities. (That’s four electric motors in all.) Total output is 1,049 horsepower, most of any production Mercedes and more than initial estimates. All of this is paired with an 8.4 kilowatt-hour battery that gives the Plug-in One an electric range of 11 miles, better than the GT63 SE Performance plug-in hybrid. Excess energy from the MGU-H configuration can either be injected into the battery or sent to the other three electric motors for improved performance.

There are six different drive modes, including a full EV mode and two different track-only setups. The One initially starts in EV mode, with the engine not firing until the catalytic converters have warmed up. Race Safe mode is the standard feature, only using the motor when more power is needed, while Race constantly revs the motor and charges the battery. Race Plus activates active aerodynamics, lowers the suspension and alters the powertrain setup, while Strat 2 firms up the chassis even further and unleashes the full power of all four engines, mimicking F1 car qualifying setups. Finally, an Individual mode can be set at the discretion of the owner.

The covers can be removed to show the F1 engine.


Mercedes says the One will hit 62mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds and hit 124mph in 7.0 seconds, going to a top speed of 219mph. This outperforms the Stirling Moss SLR by 2mph, making the One the fastest production Mercedes ever. It features massive carbon-ceramic brakes with ABS, and up to 80% of the One’s braking energy can be returned to the battery through regenerative braking. The stunning magnesium wheels have carbon fiber aero covers and wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tires that have been developed specifically for the One. Another innovation is the multi-link suspension, which features adaptive dampers, hydraulically adjustable height and special push-rod suspension struts in the direction of travel, which increase stiffness and reduce body roll.

Design-wise, the production One looks identical to the prototypes. Its carbon fiber body looks good or looks like a weird catfish depending on who you talk to – I think it’s a nice mix of both – and it has some wild aero solutions. There are active flaps in the nose and the front wings have active louvers, and the two-piece rear wing also features an adjustable flap. One of my favorite features is the roof scoop that flows into a shark fin bisecting the removable engine covers, which have large NACA ducts and extra vents. Other nice details are the three-rectangle LED light signatures, which echo the AMG logo, and the Mercedes star painted on the bonnet.

The steering wheel looks straight out of F1.


The two-seater interior has very few frills. Its rectangular F1-style steering wheel has shift lights and lots of different buttons and switches, including a dial for nine-level traction control. The seat backs are only adjustable to two positions, but the steering column is electrically adjustable and the pedals can be moved mechanically to 11 positions. The central tunnel is part of the carbon structure of the car and includes a storage compartment, USB ports and a few other switches.

There’s a pair of 10-inch displays on the dash, one acting as a gauge cluster and the other an infotainment touchscreen above a pair of air conditioning vents. Unlike hypercars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the One has real side mirrors instead of using cameras and more screens – making it street legal in the US. There is, however, a camera in place of the rear-view mirror, with the screen mounted in the roof. Power windows and air conditioning are standard, and the One even has a special Burmester audio system.

Only 275 units of the One will be built, all of which are advertised at a cost of nearly $3 million each. The Production One will make its public debut in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​as part of AMG’s 55th anniversary celebrations. The One is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime car the likes of which will never be developed again, and it’s frankly shocking that it actually made it to production.

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