The Mercedes-AMG One was first introduced to the world in the autumn of 2017. However, complications with the development gradually postponed the start of its production.
The Mercedes-AMG division is at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, it boasted a “hooded formula” project, the so-called Project One model. It was originally intended to reach customers in 2019, but problems with development gradually postponed its arrival. Next year, however, the car’s clients will hopefully finally see it.
The carmaker has confirmed that the Mercedes-AMG Project One will start production sometime in the middle of 2022. The first customers, including Nico Rosberg and David Coulthard, will reach this special about five years after its official exhibition premiere.
AMG was bothered by developmental difficulties. Shortly after the premiere, it became clear that adapting the technique originally intended for Formula 1 would not be easy. Mercedes-AMG workers even admitted under the guise of anonymity that they underestimated the development.
The system, which combines a 1.6-liter six-cylinder fork with three electric motors and an electric motor driven by a turbocharger, had problems meeting compliance with emission standards, according to behind-the-scenes reports. Therefore, the car had to get at least two particulate filters. The idle speed also had to be significantly reduced, from some 5,000 revolutions of the racing version to 1,200 revolutions.
What’s more, reliability also proved to be a weakness. The small six-cylinder simply proved to be too fragile. He was simply not able to cover thousands of kilometers, as expected from a production car. What a difference from Formula 1, which does not find such a portion of kilometers per season and can replace the drive unit.
Despite the significant delay, however, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is to retain the character presented at the premiere. The car was described as a hooded formula for ordinary roads, thanks to the propulsion system derived from it in F1 cars. In the same way, the appearance will be practically preserved, except for minor aerodynamic modifications.
In the meantime, however, we will wait for confirmation of driving skills. In any case, in 2017, the manufacturer claimed that the Mercedes-AMG Project One would provide a total output of over 740 kW (1,000 hp), which would allow the car to accelerate from 0-200 km / h in less than six seconds and drive at speeds of over 350 km / h. Thanks to electric motors, the car should be able to travel about 25 kilometers purely on electricity.
To maintain exclusivity, the company expects to produce only 275 pieces of Project One, for which customers paid 2.27 million euros, ie about 57.6 million crowns.