The Mercedes-AMG One takes on the Hockenheim racetrack for what seems to be a tour de force on the German tarmac. The Afflaterbach-based sports carmaker revealed the series production version last month.
The Mercedes-AMG engineers are still putting the One through its paces on the racetrack. The hybrid supercar with F1-inspired tech is most likely chasing some speed records. And Hockenheim might just be its playground.
Mercedes first mentioned the future hypercar in 2017. Then they revealed the ONE Project. That was the moment they decided to develop the company’s first hypercar. But putting Formula 1 technology onto the road was something that Mercedes was a challenge that Mercedes was not ready to take on. That is why development was slow and tedious. Delay after delay, technical and electronic issues made those who had ordered it walk up and down their rooms. To sweeten the wait, Mercedes rolled off the GT Black Series P One Edition.
Another major issue the company was unable to deal with was that the car would never hit American soil. That was despite the fact that several VIPs from the States had already ordered one, without even suspecting the issue. Mercedes was not suspecting the fact that their hypercar would simply not be able to comply with the emission requirements from the U.S. “We must have been drunk when we approved the project,” CEO Ola Kallenius said.
The Mercedes-AMG One sports a 1.6-liter V6 and four electric motors for a total of 1,063 PS (1,048 HP). F1 powertrain means F1-like figures. A 352 km/h (219 mph) top speed and a run from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) are the figures the One runs proudly with. With numbers like these, it won’t be long until we hear about record-breaking hot laps on, maybe, the Nurburgring? The performance on the Hockenheim might be just the warm-up.