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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The 2023 Mercedes-AMG ONE Is An F1-Powered Hypercar With 1,063 Horsepower


After in the making for close to five years, Mercedes-Benz has chosen the 55th anniversary of AMG to unveil the production version of its hypercar: the Mercedes-AMG ONE.

Done in close collaboration with Mercedes-Benz’s very own Formula 1 team, the Mercedes-AMG ONE is basically a high-performance road car fitted with a Formula 1 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine. At it stands, the engine is capable of reaching F1-level revs, but for the sake of durability and commercial fuel, engineers have dropped that down to a more reasonable 11,000 rpm.



The high-revving power unit is assisted by a total of four electric motors—one integrated into the turbocharger, one installed directly on the combustion engine, and the two others driving the front wheels. Aside from offering all-wheel drive, it boosts the output to a whopping 1,063 horsepower (574 horsepower from the gas-fed engine, 163 horsepower from the crank shaft electric motor, and 326 horsepower from the front axle motors). In addition, another F1 technology uses surplus energy from the exhaust gas flow to generate electricity which can be stored either on the high-voltage lithium-ion battery or feed the electric front axles. This means it can be driven purely on electric power for up to 18.1 kilometers.

Aside from its F1 engine, the Mercedes-AMG ONE features a 7-speed manual transmission. However, instead of a driver-operated clutch, the system uses a hydraulically-controlled one. Gear ratios have been chosen to minimize the power difference after shifting keeping the combustion engine at high revs.



Zero to 100 km/h is quoted at 2.9 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h at 7.0 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h at 15.6 seconds. Top speed is 352 km/h.

The Mercedes-AMG ONE also features a carbon fiber monocoque and carbon fiber body, as well as push-rod style suspension. Adaptive damping is standard and is controlled via the driver-selectable drive programs. And as part of its active aerodynamics, it can be lowered by 37 millimeters at the front, and 30 millimeters at the back.



Styling is done for extreme aerodynamic efficiency and as a result, it generates downforce from as low as 50 km/h. Furthermore, at each corner lies forged alloy wheels with a carbon fiber cover. It comes shod with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tires measuring 285/35 R 19 at the front and 335/30 R 20 at the back.

Inside, the Mercedes-AMG features room for two. The seat pan itself is fixed and is formed with the footwell to form a single unit. The seatback though can be adjusted in two positions. The steering wheel column can be adjusted electronically, while the pedal box is adjustable manually. A Formula 1-styline wheel displays certain driving parameters, while the rest of the cabin goes for pure on minimalist.

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