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Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its upcoming hypercar will be named the One for production, with the model name signifying its position at the very top of Mercedes-AMG’s road car range. 

The name is also a reference to the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 engine used in the car. The powertrain itself has undergone hundreds of hours of testing in British facilities to meet what Mercedes-AMG refers to as "the immense challenge" of making it ready for series production. The Formula 1-derived 1.6-litre V6 will produce more than 1000bhp, although the specific figure is yet to be confirmed. 

 

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While not an immediate priority, Moers revealed that it's "reasonable to speculate" the One will eventually try to set a new Nürburgring lap record. He wouldn't be drawn on the car’s simulated Nürburgring lap time, but AMG is known to have studied past lap records in detail, including the outright record of Stefan Bellof, who lapped the circuit in 6min 11sec in a Porsche 956 sports car in qualifying for the 1000km race there in 1983. Bellof also set a race lap record of 6min 25.9sec in the same car.

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The production road car record is currently 6min 44.97sec, held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Moers did say, however, that the biggest challenge he faced in extracting the best lap time from the One would be “finding the right driver” to accomplish the feat.

It's not clear at what speed the Project One's maximum downforce figure is developed; in the Senna, it comes at 155mph. Like the Senna and Ford GT, the One’s driver will be able to lower the car for track driving, increasing the amount of downforce. This is just one of many facts about the hypercar that have emerged since its launch at last year's Frankfurt motor show.

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Moers stated very clearly that the 1000bhp output quoted for the car is just what the 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engine is developing on the dynamometer at present and that its actual output will be that figure “plus, plus, plus”. Ultimately, he said he expected it to be below 1100bhp, but it's not yet known by how much.

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According to Andy Cowell, head of Mercedes’ High Performance Powertrains division, the biggest challenges with the engine are not keeping it reliable or adapting to road car use; it will idle in a Dubai traffic jam in mid-summer without overheating. Instead, he cited emissions and persuading an engine that usually requires a team of engineers to operate “to start at the press of a button, in all weather conditions, regardless of how long it’s been left”.

AMG boss Tobias Moers on the challenges of Project One

It also now seems that, while the engine will be produced in Brixworth, Mercedes’ F1 team will be involved largely on a consultancy basis. Even so, almost all the other important components will be made in the UK, including the bespoke robotised manual eight-speed gearbox that Xtrac is developing, as well as the tub and bodywork, which will be produced by an as-yet-unnamed third party.

Moers confirmed that, despite the car’s price of approximately £2.4 million, AMG received 1100 requests from credible customers for the 275 units that will be built.

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m77rshy 28 September 2018

Carbon tub and body work.....

....produced by an as yet unnamed UK supplier. Wonder if this will be coming from a small firm based in Sheffield who go by the acyronym MCTC? That would be a nice little bit of press for Mclaren opening their new Composites facility if they are third party supplying the Mercedes-AMG One. 

m77rshy 28 September 2018

Carbon tub and body work.....

....produced by an as yet unnamed UK supplier. Wonder if this will be coming from a small firm based in Sheffield who go by the acyronym MCTC? That would be a nice little bit of press for Mclaren opening their new Composites facility if they are third party supplying the Mercedes-AMG One. 

5wheels 28 September 2018

1000bhp from a 1.6litre

Thats some engineering achievment. I rallied 1.6litres 20 years ago and thought 130BHP was pretty hot. Shit I am getting old lol