It actually shares the same engine as Lewis Hamilton's championship winning F1 car
Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed the production version of its long-awaited hypercar - the Mercedes-AMG One which is essentially a Formula 1 car for the road.
Unlike many supercars and hypercars that come fitted with technologies "inspired" by a Formula 1 car, the AMG One actually uses the same 1.6-litre turbo hybrid V6 engine from Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car (the fast one).
AMG worked closely with the F1 bods at Brixworth to build a turbocharged combustion engine with four electric motors: one on the turbo, another on the engine and two driving the front wheels, each able to spin up to 50,000rpm.
This quick V6 is mounted in the middle, said to rev faster than a naturally aspirated V8 thanks to a raft of F1-derived solutions.
Featuring an electrified turbo, spur gears controlling the cams, and pneumatic valve springs in place of mechanical ones, the AMG-One revs to 11,000rpm – a little shy of Gordon Murray’s T.50 and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, but still. Eleven thousand. It’s capped there to preserve the life of the unit, because of course it’s a road car.
More F1 tech arrives in the shape of the MGU-H, which harvests surplus exhaust gas energy and stores it in the battery or feeds it straight into the electrified front axle.
With everything singing together – MGU-K, MGU-H, front axle motors and engine – the whole thing punches out 1,048bhp. Hilariously, AMG can’t tell us the torque figure because of the “complex drivetrain”. That’s right, the One is too complex for human minds.
Fast enough to melt thine minds, of course. AMG reckons on 0-100 kmph in 2.9secs, 0-200 kmh in 7.0secs, 0-300 kmh in 15.6 secs and a top speed of 350kmh. On the other end of the scale, it’s capable of just over 11 miles on battery power alone, while combined emissions stand at 198g/km. Weight? 1,695kg.
The F1-derived battery gets special coolant that flows through each individual cell for optimal temperatures at all times, and features numerous lightweight concepts to keep its weight down.
To this engine and battery setup comes a seven-speed automatic manual transmission developed specifically for the AMG One. It’s light, and both this and the engine are bolted directly onto the carbon fibre monocoque as load-bearing members. Just like in an F1 car.
Around this monocoque comes an aluminium chassis, with five link suspension and a pair of adjustable struts front and back. Indeed, the coilovers get pushrod spring struts across the direction of travel, in order to prevent roll through “very rapid directional changes”.
The dampers are adaptive of course, ranging hilariously from Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings, the latter available only through the car’s Race Plus and Strat 2 drive modes.
Inside, it’s about as pared back as a multi-million pound hunk of unobtanium gets. A pair of racing seats fixed into position (the pedal box and wheel are adjustable), a multifunction F1-style steering wheel, and a pair of 10in digital displays ahead of the driver and in the centre.
A screen replaces the rear-view mirror, and there’s lots of exposed carbon fibre for that full ‘box box’ feel.
AMG boss Philipp Schiemer said, "Over the duration of the development period, many may have thought that the project would be impossible to implement."
“Nevertheless, the teams in Affalterbach and the UK never gave up and believed in themselves. To put such a hypercar on wheels is certainly unique,” he added.