We’ve been patiently waiting and now Mercedes-AMG’s halo hybrid hypercar is getting closer to production.

    Mercedes-Benz’s performance arm has been testing its much-anticipated, much-delayed One at the Nürburgring.

    Though still covered in camouflage, the One appears to be virtually production-ready inside and out.

    It’s still expected to begin deliveries this year and will be limited to 275 units globally.

    Mercedes-AMG has confirmed in 2018 that eight units will be delivered across Australia and New Zealand.

    The interior features a digital instrument cluster and infotainment display, as well as a yoke steering wheel.

    Physically the interior and exterior looks unchanged from the example in Mercedes-AMG promotional videos released late last year.

    Known now as just One, the hypercar has been floating around in prototype form since it was unveiled in concept form in 2017 and has been delayed multiple times.

    It’s pitched as a road-legal version of the 2015 Petronas Formula One race car driven by Hamilton.

    Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid, Mercedes-AMG claims the One will develop a total power output of over 740kW.

    With three electric motors – one on each front wheel and the last on the rear axle – Mercedes-AMG claims that the production-spec One will be capable of driving 25km on pure electric power.

    It has been previously stated that the production version of the One will feature a significantly reduced rev limit than the race-spec 11,000rpm.

    This is in order to make the F1-derived engine compatible with commercially-available fuel, as well as to increase longevity.

    The latest promotional video showed the instrument cluster for a few frames, revealing a rev limit of 9000rpm.

    According to Mercedes-AMG, the One will feature a bespoke AMG Speedshift eight-speed automated manual transmission.

    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 under 6.0 seconds.

    At this stage the One may still beat its competitors to market. Vehicles such as the GMA T.50 and Aston Martin Valkyrie are still in development as well, though Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has promised mid-2021 deliveries for the Valkyrie.

    As well as the One, Mercedes-AMG is expanding its E-Performance range, with plug-in hybrid V8s and all-electric models in the pipeline.

    Click the images to view the full gallery of spy photos.

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

    Buy and Lease
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers