June 01, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The AMG One makes F1 technology street legal

It’s been five years or so since Mercedes-AMG promised to give us an AMG One with no less than an F1 engine under the skin. Well, the wait is over as it now debuts the said hypercar with the promised mill.

The new Mercedes- AMG One packs a 1.6-liter V6 that itself puts out 566bhp thanks to googies like double overhead camshafts, air intake valves, a complex exhaust gas recirculation system, and direction injection technology. This likewise allows it to rev to a glorious 11,rpm redline. And that’s just half the story.

The other half comes courtesy of 4 electric motors that combine with the 1.6-liter turbo gasoline mill to produce a whopping 1,049bhp, as well as give it all-wheel drive capability. Oh, and the electric motors and 8.4kWh battery pack also give this plug-in hybrid system a range of 18kms of all-electric driving.

All this power allows the AMG One to blast from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds while the 0-200km/h dash takes just 7 ticks. Top speed? This is pegged at 352km/h. 

Apart from the F1 engine, the suspension likewise boasts goodies like pushrod suspension with five arms and 2 struts front and rear, as well as extensive use of aluminum to help save weight. The struts themselves are mounted transversely, which is meant to replace the  usual stabilizer bars. And drivers control all this via modes that consist of Comfort, Sport, and Sport +.  This is further complemented by the AWD system that has its own set of drive modes. 

Speaking of modes, the amount of downforce produced by the sculpted body’s active aerodynamic bits can likewise be manipulated between Track, Normal (for highway use), and Race DRS. This means you can play around and tune your AmG One the way you like it.

All these tech goodies taken straight from the world of F1 are enhanced by racing seats, as well as a rectangular F-style steering wheel. The only things that make it liable compared to the car Lewis drives on the track are air conditioning and a sound system. Oh, and electric windows on the butterfly doors.

The Mercedes-AMG One is set to make its debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. But alas, word has it that only 275 of these will be made, all of which have been spoken for. A rare breed–F1 technology  for the street–indeed. 


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