Déjà vu, right? We reported late last year that Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming hypercar, the One, had been delayed. Alas, Germany's Auto Motor Sport is reporting the One has now been delayed a further two years.
All 275 buyers of the €2.275 million ($A3.76 million) AMG One – formerly known as Project One – won’t be able to pick up their hypercar until 2021, providing there are no further setbacks. That includes eight Aussie buyers eagerly awaiting their left-hand-drive hypercars.
Unfortunately for those eager buyers, Mercedes-AMG’s engineers have gotten a reality check about the complexity of making Formula One engineering work for the road. In addition to the expected hurdles meeting WLTP emissions regulations, engineers are struggling to guarantee the durability and driveability of the hybridised 1.6-litre turbocharged V6.
Much as you’ll need to preheat your oven to do some baking, Formula One race car engines have to be electrically pre-heated before they’ll turn over. Road car buyers, however, are used to the microwave-like convenience of cars that can simply be turned on and driven immediately.
When it finally reaches production, the 1600cc V6 will be the second-smallest modern production V6 after the 1597cc, 103kW V6 put in some JDM Mitsubishi Lancers in the 1990s.
It’ll produce a helluva lot more power than that Mitsubishi mill, however, with a claimed 746kW, a screaming 11,000rpm redline, and a 0-100km/h time of just 2.5 seconds.
The engine is based on that of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 race car and uses four electric motors, two of them mounted on the front axle. In addition to providing blistering performance, this also allows the all-wheel-drive One to travel up to 25km solely on electric power.
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