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Introducing the Mercedes-AMG ONE - an F1 derived, 1 000hp, E Performance hybrid hypercar!
INTRODUCING THE MERCEDES-AMG ONE - AN F1 DERIVED, 1 000HP, E PERFORMANCE HYBRID HYPERCAR!
The amazing new Mercedes-AMG ONE has arrived to set new standards in the hypercar sphere, it’s a technology-packed creation that features all the best bits that have filtered down from the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 car and the associated technologies involved. The Mercedes-AMG ONE’s release also happens to coincide with the company’s 55th anniversary. The 2-seater super sports packs in some mind-blowing performance thanks to a hefty total output of 782 kW (1063 hp) from the combination of a combustion engine with four electric motors. When all the power is used in unison, the Mercedes-AMG ONE can rapidly approach the limited top speed of 352 km/h (219 mph). The first proper public sighting of the Mercedes-AMG ONE will take place for the first time in the UK at the iconic Festival of Speed held annually at Goodwood towards the end of June.
The entire drivetrain is trickle-down tech from Formula 1, but there’s a lot more in play than just that, the F1-derived technologies include the carbon-fibre monocoque, the carbon-fibre body, the loadbearing engine & transmission unit, the active aero and the push-rod suspension. The Mercedes-AMG ONE even manages to surpass what we see in the Mercedes-AMG F1 car because it also features the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel-drive system complete with a hybrid-driven rear axle and electrically driven front axle with torque vectoring. The ICE engine can be completely left out of the driving equation too.
"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. I have the highest respect for all those involved and am proud of this team achievement. To put such a hypercar on wheels is certainly unique. This applies to us as Mercedes-AMG not only from a technical point of view, but also in terms of the close exchange with our loyal customers. 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, which has now also been able to clear the next hurdle and passed all ECE certification tests", says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
"The performance data of the Mercedes-AMG ONE are ultimately only a small excerpt of what technology is in this vehicle. Apart from a Formula 1 powertrain that generates 1063 hp from a relatively small, highly efficient internal combustion engine in combination with four electric motors, the monumental task was above all the exhaust gas aftertreatment. The Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains teams have really done a great job here. This project was partly a curse and a blessing at the same time. But we have walked the stony path, and as a technician you naturally get carried away with all the details. From the materials used, the exceptional chassis components to the aerodynamic refinements - in terms of complexity, the Mercedes-AMG ONE is hard to beat. In a Formula 1 car, a team of engineers with laptops makes sure that the powertrain starts. With our hypercar, all it takes is the push of a button. This also illustrates the immense software know-how that has gone into this vehicle", says Jochen Hermann, Technical Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive features a small capacity 1.6-litre V6 engine combined with four electric motors. One has been integrated into the turbocharger, another has been installed directly on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase and the two remaining motors drive the front wheels. The hybrid petrol engine with the electrically assisted single-turbocharger is almost what we see as a Formula 1 power unit. The high-tech turbocharger has the exhaust gas turbine and compressor turbine positioned at a distance from each other, connected by a shaft, to allow for a lower installation position of the turbocharger. There’s a 90 kW eclectic motor attached to this turbo shaft that’s electronically controlled and drives the turbocharger shaft directly, accelerating the compressor wheel up to 100,000 rpm before the exhaust gas flow takes over. It also uses part of the surplus energy from the exhaust gas flow to generate electrical energy as a generator to be stored in a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, or to be directly fed to the electric front axle or the electric motor on the combustion engine.
The two 120 kW electric motors on the front axle can reach rotor speeds of up to 50,000 rpm and they’re connected to the front wheels via a reduction gear. These two electric motors also allow the braking energy to be optimally used for recuperation - up to 80% under normal driving conditions. Again, this energy is stored in the battery and is available for a longer electric range or for more drive performance. Each electric motor is controlled by its own power electronics located in close proximity to the electric motors in the floor assembly.
There’s literally a novel that’s been written to detail the specs and details of the Mercedes-AMG ONE, at least a week’s worth of reading. The only way to fully comprehend everything in and around the car is to visit the Mercedes-AMG website and chuck a “Busy” sign on your office door. The important bits you’re here for though: A 0-100 km/h dash happens in 2.9-seconds, 0-200 km/h in just 7.0-seconds and 0-300 km/h in a mere 15.6-seconds before hitting the max top speed of 352 km/h!
Take a look at the YouTube video that showcases one of the coolest and technologically advanced cars to ever exist, a hybrid hypercar full of Formula 1 technology: The ONE and Only – The New Mercedes-AMG ONE | Mercedes-AMG
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