It’s finally here. Five and a half years after Mercedes-Benz first said it would push Formula 1 engines into legal cars, we finally have a finished product. The AMG One is still alive, and living up to all the promises Mercedes made. There’s an F1 engine at its core. It’s street legal. And it packs a combined 1,049 horsepower (782 kilowatts) of its hybrid powertrain.
“With the Mercedes-AMG One, we have crossed the line. The huge technical challenges of making a modern Formula 1 powertrain suitable for everyday use on the road have undoubtedly pushed us to our limits,” said Philipp Schiemer, chairman of Mercedes-AMG One. . management board for Mercedes-AMG. “Many may have thought, during the development period, that the project was impossible to implement. However, the team at Affalterbach and Great Britain never gave up and believed in themselves. I have great respect for all the participants and I am proud of the teamwork this.”
F1 Engine In Street Car
The heart of the AMG One is undoubtedly the engine. Since it was first announced in 2017, it’s been known that Mercedes is using a legit F1 engine for the One. It’s also a source of frustration that makes it really work in such an application. But it worked – the 1.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine cranked up to an incredible 11,000-rpm redline, using a single turbocharger with electric assistance. The engine uses dual overhead camshafts, air spring valves, directional injection and a complex exhaust gas purge system to produce its own 566 hp (422 kW). And still meets Euro 6 emission standards.
The awesome engine is only half the powertrain story, figuratively and literally. Four electric motors combine to give the One an overall 1,049-hp rating and all-wheel-drive capability. Two motors are located at the front at each wheel, producing a combined 322 hp. The third motor is fitted with a gasoline engine, sending 161 hp (120 kW) to the crankshaft. The fourth motor is linked to a high-tech turbocharger, which Mercedes-AMG says adds 121 hp (90 kW) to the mix. The motor can also recover energy from the turbo as the exhaust gases spin it, which can be sent elsewhere.
Electric For Shocking Performance
Aside from the engine, Mercedes engineers spent a lot of time on the One’s lithium-ion battery. Being a plug-in hybrid, it doesn’t carry as much battery as you’d find on a pure EV – the total capacity is just 8.4 kWh. But keeping them cool is critical to optimal performance, leading Mercedes to use a complex liquid cooling system for each battery. It also allows automakers to keep battery weights low.
The result is a car with over 1,000 hp combined that maintains a battery temperature of around 45 degrees Celsius. It could run 11.2 miles on electric power alone, and weighed about 3,730 pounds (1,695 kilograms). With all systems carried, the One will accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, using the AMG 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system and a new seven-speed automatic manual transmission developed specifically for the hypercar. . Perhaps more impressive is the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) time of just 7 seconds. Flat, the AMG One will hit 219 mph.
Suspension And Body
The monocoque One chassis with push-rod suspension is also designed for best performance. You’ll find plenty of use of aluminum under the body, with five arms and two adjustable supports at the front and back. Struts are mounted transversely in the direction of travel, effectively replacing traditional stabilizer bars to reduce body roll. The driving program adjusts the suspension for Comfort, Sport, or Sport +, depending on one of several overall driving modes available on the One. The torque vector with the AWD system also comes in different flavors depending on the selected driving mode.
As you can imagine, the body is a case study in aerodynamics. It produces negative lift at speeds above 31 mph, though Mercedes is shy about disclosing how much downforce is available. Maybe that’s because it depends on the particular riding mode chosen, as the One is awash with active aero components. You’ll find an active spoiler on the front diffuser, ventilation slots on the front wheel arch, and of course with the rear wing. In the Race Plus and Strat2 programs under Track mode, Mercedes says downforce is five times higher than in normal highway mode. The third mode called Race DRS is a low drag mode to reach top speed.
This is a devastating story. New information will be added as it becomes available.