The change in EU rules regarding emissions and the stricter imposed Euro standards is said to have caused problems for Mercedes-AMG and its future top hypercar, the Formula 1 inspired One.
In the WLTP measurement cycle, the V6 turbocharged engine derived straight from Formula 1 did not meet the Euro6 standard limits. But, as expected, there will be a solution.
The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar was a steep commitment from the Mercedes sports department. AMG’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine of the Formula 1 racing car was adapted and developed for the production sports car with minimal changes, coupled to a hybrid drive chain with three electric motors.
Probably if the NEDC measurement cycle would still be in place, the Mercedes-AMG One could have complied with the emission standards, but it would seem that they could no longer achieve the Euro6 limits in the WLTP cycle, mandatory from autumn 2018.
The problem was primarily that the promised 1000 horsepower output would be featured in the final car, without concessions. The solution, according to Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG’s chief, was the incorporation of a particulate filter, but it was somewhat behind schedule.
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For the time being, Moers has said he will be able to decide in the coming weeks when to deliver the first cars to their customers. Mercedes-AMG One was originally expected to be delivered in the autumn of 2019, but it may well be that the first copies of the 2.27 million Euro high-tech super sports car will be shipped in 2020.