The 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One flagship has been spotted testing on their Immendingen track before its late 2020 launch.
The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar is expected on showroom floors later this year but, before then, the F1-derived hypercar was spotted testing on the track. This means that development has moved forward, as these pre-production models show, to performance and durability testing.
The Mercedes Immendingen test track sits near the Swiss border, and it is here where Mercedes-AMG says that driveability will be under scrutiny. This includes the various active aerodynamics parts of the car, along with their Formula 1 title-winning petrol-electric power unit. The fossil-burner receives extra electrical assistance from four electric motors.
The 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid engine revs to a limited 11,000rpm, lower than the 13-15,000rpm that their Formula 1 cars achieve, but significant nonetheless. This unit is augmented by one electric motor that feeds an electronic turbocharger to try to eradicate turbo lag. Three other electric motors deliver an additional 161bhp each, one is attached to the crankcase while the other two deliver their power to each of the front wheels.
This means that the Mercedes-AMG One is four-wheel-drive and can reach a top speed in excess of 217mph. There is no 0-60mph figure, but the One will clock 0-124mph in less than six seconds using all of its 986bhp.
As this hypercar is based on the six-times title-winning Formula 1 car, the array of lithium-ion cells that feed the electric motors sits on the chassis behind the front axle, as it does in the Mercedes F1 car. The AMG One requires more energy than its F1 sibling to power those extra motors, so the battery has far more cells, this allows for a 15,5-mile range of all-electric driving, something the F1 car can't do.
As we've already seen, the AMG One features a roof-mounted air scoop, a louvred engine cover and F1-inspired shark fin, although they appear to be more elegantly styled on these models. It also sports a triple exhaust system in a nod to its F1 roots.
This will be Mercedes' flagship for the technological future of their road-going cars. With 986bhp on tap, this £2.4million, plug-in hybrid is sure to have Aston Martin and their Valkyrie tense.
Check out the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar in action in the video below.
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