The Mercedes-AMG ONE is a bit of a mystery these days as gearheads have been waiting eagerly for too long to see the Formula 1-inspired supercar on the road. We have scored a glimpse of the soon-to-be available Mercedes-AMG ONE’s performance as it took on the Green Hell and set a road-legal production vehicle record of 6:35.183 minutes on the 20.832-kilometer track (12.9 miles). DTM driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Maro Engel, set the record on October 28, 2022, and destroyed the previous standard of 6:43.616 in a Mercedes-AMG Black Series in October 2020.
“Even though the AMG ONE is certainly more at home on a Grand Prix circuit than on the Nordschleife – as is so often the case with this project – we’ve simply gone one step further,” says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We’re the first ever to have taken on the challenges of the Nürburgring with a super sports car.”
Developed with extensive Formula 1 technology, the ONE features hybrid-drive tech with one combustion engine and four electric motors that produce a total of 1,063 hp factory-rated horsepower, with the top speed capped at 352 km/h (218 mph). It rides on a fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive set up with a hybrid-driven rear axle and electrically driven front axle with torque vectoring.
The ONE was developed with seven-time F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton. Production of the $2.7 million hypercar, which should begin production later this year, will be limited to 275 units and, yes, all of them have already been called for. Unfortunately for Americas, the ONE is not street-legal in the United States.
“Like Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on their race weekends, I also had to deploy the electrical energy of the hybrid drive in the best possible way,” Engel says. “That’s not easy, especially with this length of track. In addition, the DRS function had to be used optimally. But that’s also a real Formula 1 feeling.”