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When people think of Mercedes-Benz, two defining characteristics come to mind – luxury and performance. 55 years ago, AMG started making its name as a performance and sports car brand, bringing into the industry the Mercedes. To celebrate the anniversary, Mercedes is bringing the world's most modern and efficient Formula 1 hybrid drive technology from the race track to the streets. Available to consumers for the first time, this hybrid sports car is like none other. Called a hypercar, it’s the Mercedes-AMG ONE.
"With the Mercedes-AMG ONE, we have more than pushed the envelope. The immense technical challenges of making a modern Formula 1 powertrain suitable for everyday road use have undoubtedly pushed us to our limits. Over the duration of the development period, many may have thought that the project would be impossible to implement. Nevertheless, the teams in Affalterbach and the UK never gave up and believed in themselves…Together with us, they have gone through ups but also downs in the course of development. They were an integral part of Project One from the very beginning and can now look forward to the highly exclusive and unique Mercedes-AMG ONE…" says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
Powered by a 1.6-liter B6 engine and four electric motors, the powertrain has an output of 163 horsepower, with a top speed capped at 281 mph. The E PEFORMANCE Formula 1 hybrid drive of the Mercedes-AMG ONE is a direct descendant of the original Formula 1 used in motorsports. Designed for the streets in close cooperation with the experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth. The turbocharged combustion engine and four electric motors act as one highly integrated and intelligently networked unit, with an intricate layout. One motor is paired with the turbocharger, another acts as a link between the engine and crank case (housing of crank shaft), and then the last two electric motors are paired with the front wheels, one on each. Several other engineering changes took place, such as replacing the mechanical valve springs with pneumatic valve springs, and the engine is mounted in mid-engine position in front of the rear axle but stays below the F1 rev limit, recently raised to 18,000rpm in 2021, for longer durability and keeping optimal performance.
One huge advantage the Mercedes-AMG ONE has is how quick it is to respond to driver input. With the torque generated by electric motors at idle speed, the power kicks in almost instantaneously. The 1.6-litre V6 engine also responds more strongly to accelerator pedal commands, increasing agility and optimizing acceleration for a greater overall driving dynamic and driver experience. A new all-wheel drive with the front axle being purely powered by the electric motors has been employed, and new six driving modes have been programmed to give drivers the ability to go from purely all-electric driving like an electric vehicle (EV) to a race track ready vehicle. A completely new, automated 7-speed manual transmission has been installed, and the high-voltage battery is cooled by coolant that circulates through the entire battery and around each cell to keep the battery from overheating.
All-in-all, Mercedes really did a number with the Mercedes-AMG ONE. So much innovative engineering and design went into the race ready commercial sports car, we’re really seeing the potential of electric powertrains in the performance car category. We think we’ll be seeing a lot more like this, especially with Dodge eMuscle on the way. You can stay up to date on this and what’s new in the auto industry when you follow us on NowCar social media.