Mercedes-AMG One: Formula 1 for the road

The best gifts? You give them to yourself. Like AMG for example: To mark the 55th anniversary of its own brand, the Mercedes motorsport forge is presenting the highly exclusive One - long-awaited, fast and nothing less than a Formula 1 car for the road.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Mercedes Benz

Last weekend, Formula 1 cars were still racing through the streets of Monaco. And as of today, they are driving all over public roads. At least the latter is now actually possible, because the long-awaited Mercedes-AMG One has been unveiled. With nothing less than a Formula 1 engine to power it. The hypercar impresses not only with its special drive, but also with further motorsport technology: from the carbon monocoque and carbon body to the co-supporting engine/transmission unit and active aerodynamics to the push-rod chassis. A big plus compared to the pure racing machines is the all-wheel drive and the second seat next to the pilot.

"With the Mercedes-AMG One, we more than pushed the limit. 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 the project would be impossible to implement. Nevertheless, the teams in Affalterbach and the UK never gave up and believed in themselves. For this I pay the highest respect to everyone involved and am proud of this team achievement," says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Last weekend, Formula 1 cars were still racing through the streets of Monaco. And as of today, they are driving all over public roads. At least the latter is now actually possible, because the long-awaited Mercedes-AMG One has been unveiled.

What kind of effort did the engineers have to put in? Jochen Hermann, Chief Technical Officer, explains: "In a Formula 1 car, a team of engineers with laptops is responsible for starting the powertrain. With our hypercar, all it takes is the push of a button." As if at the push of a button, the car also moves forward: thanks to 1063 hp, the One reaches 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and drops the 200 km/h mark in 7.0 seconds. Which, together with a top speed of 352 km/h, does not leave any further questions unanswered. At the most, one: What will they gift themselves in Affalterbach for their 60th anniversary?


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