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Mercedes-AMG One production car debuting June 1

The tortured development of Mercedes-AMG's road-going Formula 1 car is almost over. The One will debut this week.

Scott Collie
Scott Collie
Deputy Editor

The Mercedes-AMG One is finally ready to hit public roads.

After being unveiled in 2017 and delayed multiple times, the One – which packs a hybrid V6 powertrain nicked from the all-conquering 2015 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team – will debut on June 1.

The Project One concept preceding the production car packed a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine. Combined with three electric motors, the powertrain pumps out more than 746kW (1000hp).

All that grunt will be put to the road through an eight-speed automated manual transmission, and the car will do 25km on pure e-power… unlike Lewis Hamilton’s weekend car.

It’ll also feature a lower redline than Lewis’ racer to make the engine reliable running on publicly-available petrol. A previous teaser suggests the engine will cut out at 9000rpm, rather than 11,000rpm like the F1 car.

Featuring an active rear spoiler, centre-mounted shark fin and roof scoop, large rear diffuser and pop-up front fender louvres, the One is expected to have a top speed in excess of 350km/h and 0-200km/h time of less than 6.0 seconds.

Just 275 examples will be built, and they’re all sold out despite the $US2.72 million ($3.9 million) price tag. Eight cars are coming to Australia and New Zealand.

When it finally hits public roads, the One will go head-to-head with the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Where the AMG One is inspired by F1, the Valkyrie is more closely aligned with a Le Mans racer.

It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine developed by Cosworth mated with a hybrid boost system developed by Integral Powertrain Ltd and Rimac.

It has a combined peak power of 865kW of power and 900Nm of torque, along with a stratospheric redline of 11,100rpm.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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