Mercedes-Benz AMG One hits the ring in a potential record attempt

Mercedes-Benz AMG finally revealed the production version of the One supercar in June, and the first models will be delivered to eagerly awaited customers later this year – a five-year wait since the concept was revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

AMG has bragged that One will come close to matching the performance of top-tier Formula 1 sports cars on the track, and you can bet the lap record of production cars at the Nürburgring is on the agenda. Time to win is 6:43.61, set by AMG’s GT Black Series in 2020.

Right on cue, this week the hybrid was seen testing hard on the track. It is possible that the team at AMG will fine-tune things and monitor sector times in preparation for a record attempt.

Interestingly, former AMG boss Tobias Moores said in early 2018, the car has the potential to beat the long-running record of 6:11.13 set in 1983 by a Porsche 956 race car with Stefan Belov behind the wheel. Leadership. A few months after Moers made the comment, the Porsche 919 Evo took the time-attack around the track in insane 5:19.55, a time that One is unlikely to touch.

Mercedes AMG W07 Hybrid 2016 Formula One power unit

The One is powered by the same engine found in the current range of cars the Mercedes F1 team races. It’s a 1.6-liter V-6, specifically the unit from the championship-winning race car from the 2015 season.

The One actually features a more advanced powertrain than an F1 car. While in the race car, there is only a turbocharged V-6 engine and an alternator driving the rear wheels, as well as a second engine generator integrated with the turbocharger, one containing two additional alternators for the engine. These drive both the front wheels and provide the one with four-wheel drive. Peak output is 1,049 horsepower, though the car is relatively heavy for a two-seater, at 3,737 pounds, or close to the weight of a Ford Mustang GT.

Mercedes-Benz AMG OneMercedes-Benz AMG One

AMG plans to build only 275 models, each priced at 2.275 million euros (about $2.311 million), and all the building hatches are gone.

Although a lot of those building slots went to customers in the US, AMG wasn’t able to certify the car and its tough F1 engine for sale here without a major loss in performance. There is some hope for US customers in the form of display or display base. Under this rule, certified non-US vehicles of historical or technological significance may be granted permission for private import, albeit with restrictions, such as annual mileage being limited to 2,500 miles.

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