After years of delay, Mercedes-AMG finally revealed the production version of the ONE, at the beginning of June. And now the high-performance car maker sent it to Goodwood for its dynamic public debut. It was a total show-off.
The spectators at the Goodwood Festival of Speed had the chance to watch the first hypercar Mercedes-AMG has ever built. Considering all the trials and tribulations all throughout development, it might as well be the last. “We must have been drunk when we approved this project,” the company’s CEO, Ola Kallenius, stated right before the official reveal of the model.
Too late for regrets now, because the ONE is out to get any hypercar out there. Or at least that is what the Affalterbach-based company is hoping. With its F1- inspired tech, the model gets as much as 1,063 PS (1,048 HP). That’s enough to practically teleport it from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 352 km/h (219 mph). It’s all thanks to that 1.6-liter V6 and four electric motors.
Thus the soundtrack at the Goodwood Festival of Speed circuit was not exactly what you’d expect from a hypercar. It showed off among the stacks of hey, with its out-of-this-world looks and its prominent tail wing that enhances downforce. That’s a sight you don’t see every day on the road and makes the Mercedes-AMG ONE look more like a plane than an actual street car. But people expected to hear more than an angry mosquito, the type they hear during the F1 races.
Due to homologation issues, American customers won’t be seeing it and hearing it at all. Some of them that ordered one such hypercar are still to get their money back. Only 275 people will be getting their hands on the exclusive ONE.