Mercedes will only make 275 units in total of the new AMG ONE, the exclusive production of the hypercar has started. The first vehicles for customers will be delivered by the end of 2022. The hybrid powertrain based on Formula 1 with a 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine and four electric motors it was built by motorsport 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 be implemented 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 current Formula 1 hybrid technology nearly one-to-one from track to 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 the Mercedes ‑ AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and our production partner Multimatic. We as the whole team are very proud that we have now started the production of the first customer vehicles, ”said Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes ‑ AMG GmbH.
The making of the special car
The exclusive production of the car is completed by hand in a total of 16 assembly and testing stations. Many work steps are reminiscent of the production of high-quality luxury watches: some subsystems are first pre-assembled and tested for operation, then disassembled again and only subsequently installed in the vehicle.
Throughout the entire manufacturing and assembly process, technicians must take into account the final lacquering, which adds thickness to the material, a highly difficult and specialized task. Once everything fits perfectly, the parts, including the doors and hoods, are disassembled again and then hand painted: this ensures the perfect match the colors of the entire vehicle.
In the next assembly step, the powertrain and body are also combined: the 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine, the high-voltage battery and the four electric motors have all been previously hot tested on the Brixworth test rigs. , 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 overall power (the calling card for AMG models) and reaches a top speed of 352 km / h (limited ).
In total, they are more than 50 specialists that work on every single Mercedes ‑ AMG ONE. After each station, there are in-depth quality checks based on defined characteristics, resulting in the creation of documentation concerning the production process. The meticulous development of the hypercar is complemented by the latest manufacturing methods of Industry 4.0, which Mercedes ‑ AMG also uses at its Affalterbach site for the production of AMG engines.
The final stage of production is on the test bench, where every Mercedes ‑ AMG ONE is subjected to final tests by a test driver. As soon as approval is given, the vehicle is equipped with suitable transport protection and sent to the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. This is where both the technical briefing of the vehicle by the Mercedes-AMG ONE experts and the handover take place. The car is for sale at a price of 2.2 million eurosfirst deliveries by the end of the year.