Mercedes-AMG One customers were scheduled to take delivery of their F1-powered hypercar last year, but the project has been delayed again. Making the car road-friendly is a huge technical challenge, with company executives joking about being ‘drunk’ when given the green light.
According to AutocarOla Calenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz, said: “AMG’s team and [AMG] The High Performance Powertrain Formula 1 arm came to us about four years ago and said ‘we got a great idea, let’s put a Formula 1 engine in a road car’.
“I have to go back to check out the meeting minutes, but I’m sure we were drunk when we said yes,” Calenius jokingly told the media in response to a question about the official opening of the one. If you forgot, the first one was shown to the public in 2017 in the guise of a concept.
Now, only 275 examples will be created, all of which have already been sold. Each unit costs 2.27 million euros (RM10.56 million), however. Powered by a Road-Legal 1.6-liter split-turbo V6 from The One W07 Hybrid F1 race car – the same engine that drove Nico Rosberg to his only World Championship in 2016.
The engine is equipped with MGU-H and MGU-K electric motor-generator units as well as a pair of front-mounted motors to provide a total system output of over 1,000 PS. The maximum speed is quoted above 350 km / h. Engineers are reported to be having trouble getting the powertrain to comply with WLTP emissions standards – the 1.6L mill is inactive at 5,000 rpm, and using a gasoline particulate filter will impair performance.
Anyway, it’s too late to turn the clock, so Mercedes-AMG has to figure it out. Automaker will post a “very honest documentary” about the progress of the project, so we’ll see exactly what happened. So, what was the best or worst decision you ever made under the influence?