The Mercedes AMG One was first introduced to the world in the fall of 2017. However, developmental complications have gradually delayed the start of its production.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, the Mercedes-AMG division boasted the “Formula with Hood” project, the so-called Project One model. It was originally intended to reach customers in 2019, but development issues have gradually delayed its arrival. Next year, however, car customers will finally see it.
The automaker has confirmed that Mercedes-AMG Project One will begin production sometime in mid-2022. The first customers, including Nico Rosberg and David Coultard, will arrive at this special about five years after its official debut.
AMG has been plagued with developmental difficulties. Shortly after the premiere, it became clear that adapting the technique originally intended for Formula 1 would not be easy. Mercedes-AMG employees 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 a turbocharged electric motor, has struggled to meet emissions standards, according to behind-the-scenes reports. Therefore, the car had to have at least two particle filters. The idle speed also had to be significantly reduced, from about 5,000 laps of the race version to 1,200 laps.
What’s more, reliability has proven to be a weakness. The six small cylinders just turned out to be too fragile. It just failed to cover thousands of miles, as expected from a production car. What a difference from Formula 1, which does not find such a share of miles per season and can replace the paddle unit.
Despite the significant delay, the Mercedes AMG Project One is expected to retain the character featured in the premiere. The car has been described as a hood formula for regular roads, thanks to the propulsion system derived from it in F1 cars. In the same way, the appearance will be almost preserved, except for slight aerodynamic changes.
In the meantime, however, we will wait for the driving skills to be approved. In any case, in 2017 the manufacturer claimed that the Mercedes AMG Project One would provide a total power of over 740 hp (1,000 hp), allowing 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 is supposed to travel about 25 miles solely on electricity.
To maintain exclusivity, the company expects to produce only 275 parts of the One project, for which customers have paid 2.27 million euros, or about 57.6 million crowns.