NEW – Close to its mass production, the signature supercar with the star gives a fairly accurate idea of the sensations that Lewis Hamilton experiences behind the wheel of his car.
Installing a Formula 1 engine in a road car: This is not the first time a manufacturer has tested the experiment. But never has the level of sophistication been as high as with the Mercedes AMG-One. As a result of close collaboration between engineers in the F1 department at the English factory in Brixworth, AMG technicians in Afalterbach and Mercedes design offices in Stuttgart, the Project One supercar is close to production. A vehicle made its first public outing last weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The first copies are almost ready to be delivered to their owners. It is almost a miracle, as the development of this extraordinary vehicle has been a journey full of mistakes. Adapting the operation of an F1 engine to road use, or even to city use, required special development.
According to the specifications, the AMG-One should be able to boot without requiring the intervention of an army of engineers and be used daily without fear of breaking. Is that Project One is powered by the Formula 1 engine of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The hybrid technology combines the 1.6-liter F1 V6 with four electric motors. The former is integrated directly into the turbocharger, the latter is installed directly into the V6 and the latter two are on the front axle. Depending on the modalities, the Mercedes supercar can be rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or traction (electric mode).
A cumulative power of 1,063 hp
With pneumatic spring distribution and revolutions of up to 11,000 rpm, the V6 offers 574 horsepower. With the contribution of the 90 kW (122 hp) electric motor connected to the turbocharger and the 120 kW (163 hp) connected to the V6 crankshaft, the accumulated power reaches 680 hp. By combining the two electric motors located on the front axle and each of 163 hp, Mercedes announces a total power of 1,063 hp. The combustion engine is paired with a seven-speed manual gearbox developed especially for the One.
The lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 8.4 kWh offers an electric range of almost 18 km.
In the end, the Mercedes supercar does not exceed 1,695 kilos on the scales thanks to a monocoque cell and a carbon body but also to five-arm aluminum axles. The latter incorporate adaptive suspensions. As for the style of the car, it is dictated by the laws of aerodynamics and the important cooling requirements.
Finally, the search for the best possible driving comfort dictated ergonomics and the interior environment. The F1-type steering wheel covered in buttons will require, like all elements of the car, some explanations before going out on the road. Six driving programs are offered: electric, standard hybrid favoring the electric mode, Race with the V6 that recharges the battery, Race Plus to reserve the circuit. In the latter case, the aerodynamics is adapted to intensive use, the chassis is lowered 37 mm at the front and 30 mm at the rear. From the Race Plus mode, it is possible to activate the Strat 2 mode allowing you to have all the power, as for a qualifying lap. This reaches 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds; 200 km / h in 7 seconds. Note that when it is cold, the internal combustion engine never starts before the catalysts have reached their operating temperature.