Formula 1-powered hypercar enters production


Mercedes will only make 275 units in total of the new AMG ONE, exclusive production of the hypercar has begun. The first vehicles for customers will be delivered at the end of 2022. The hybrid drive system based on Formula 1 with a 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine and four electric motors It was built by motorsports experts at Mercedes‑AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, England, by the same team also responsible for the development and production of the power units for the Mercedes‑AMG Petronas F1.

Production of the complete vehicle will take place in Coventry, UK. “Mercedes-AMG ONE is the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken, from development to production. It marks another milestone in Mercedes-AMG’s successful strategic development towards an electrified future. Producing the exclusive small series is a truly unique challenge. For the first time, the hypercar brings Formula 1’s current almost one-to-one hybrid technology from the track to the road and combines blistering performance with exemplary efficiency. This world first is becoming a reality thanks to the great teamwork of Mercedes‑AMG in Affalterbach, the Formula 1 experts at Mercedes‑AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and our production partner Multimatic. We, like the entire team, are very proud to have started production of the first customer vehicles,” said Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.

Production of the special car.

The exclusive production of the car is completed by hand in a total of 16 assembly and test stations. Many work steps are reminiscent of the production of high-quality luxury watches: Some subsystems are first pre-assembled and function-tested, then disassembled again and only subsequently installed in the vehicle.

Throughout the manufacturing and assembly process, the technicians must take into account the final lacquering, which adds thickness to the material, a task of great difficulty and specialization. Once everything fits together perfectly, the parts, including the doors and bonnets, are taken apart again and then hand painted: this ensures the perfect couple the colors of the entire vehicle.

In the next assembly step, the powertrain and bodywork are also combined: the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine, high-voltage battery and all four electric motors have been pre-tested hot on the Brixworth test benches, to ensure excellent performance; this is exactly the same process that is carried out for the Mercedes Power Units of Formula 1. With its internal combustion engine and four electric motors, this high-performance hybrid model delivers 782 kW (1,063 hp) of total power (the calling card of AMG models) and reaches a top speed of 352 km/h (limited). .

Quality controls

In total they are more than 50 specialists that work on all Mercedes‑AMG ONE. After each station, there are in-depth quality checks based on defined characteristics, resulting in the creation of documentation on the production process. The meticulous development of the hypercar is complemented by the latest Industry 4.0 production methods, which Mercedes-AMG also uses at its plant in Affalterbach for the production of AMG engines.

The final stage of production is on the test bench, where every Mercedes‑AMG ONE undergoes final tests by a test driver. As soon as the approval is granted, the vehicle is equipped with the appropriate transport protection and shipped to the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. This is where both the technical information on the vehicle by the Mercedes-AMG ONE experts and the delivery take place. The car is for sale at a price of €2.2 millionfirst deliveries at the end of the year.

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