Has Mercedes-AMG Pushed Back Deliveries Of The One To 2021?

Mercedes-AMG has reportedly delayed deliveries of the F1-powered One hypercar until 2021 due to ongoing difficulties making the engine suitable for street use.

Auto Motor und Sport pinpoints a number of elements of the One’s powertrain that need to be refined and claims that engineers underestimated the difficulties of posed by this very challenging task.

One of the most significant challenges facing engineers is just how to make the F1-derived 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 meet WLTP emissions regulations. In addition, AMG is struggling to ensure the engine doesn’t require electric pre-heating before it turns over, like the race engine does. A V6 engine with such small displacement and high output is also reportedly quite fragile.

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Mercedes-AMG presented the One in concept form two years ago at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the promise of commencing deliveries in 2019. That date was clearly overly ambitious, and with the Aston Martin Valkyrie still on target to reach the hands of customers this year, the delay with the Mercedes-AMG One is certainly embarrassing for the company which has dominated Formula 1’s hybrid era since 2014.

According to the original release, the One’s ICE would be combined with four electric motors to pump out a combined 1,035 HP. This would allegedly be enough to send the hybrid hypercar to 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than six seconds and through to a top speed exceeding 217 mph (350 km/h). It wouldn’t come as a surprise, though, if those numbers change for the production car, especially since compliance with the new, stricter emissions standards is a prerequisite for it to get type approval.

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  • Kagan

    End way?

    By the time they solve the problems if, it will not be interesting.

  • Alpina

    Imagine looking replacement for the screen in year 2049 for this multi million dollar car. Sorry sir, we do not have the original but we can install the one from present A class.

  • 1.6L V6… doesn’t excite me a bit.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Still more exciting than a Tesla washing machine roadster or a right from the 60s OHV Corvette

    • Alex87f

      If that doesn’t, then how about an F1 engined roadcar (and not just vaguely F1-derived)? You know that thing we’ve heard of so many times, but that’s still yet to happen?

  • Six_Tymes

    scrap the Project One, start over. ugly front end design anyway.

  • exeptor

    I guess the problems of a slow driving F1 engine are much more serious than many (including me) thought. Hope we will see this car on the road/track some day.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    sexy car! shame about the irrational engine choice…but then again lets not forget the harsh reborn of the VEYRON with it’s unimaginable W16 engine promise at the time.we all thought that it will never happen & look at bugatti now.these mega german corporations can pull any crazy trick from their sleeves

  • SteersUright

    They’ll figure it out. MB has amazing engineering resources. I really don’t like their latest design language at all though. Other than the AMG GT and maybe the CTS, no other MB looks very good to me these days. Preferred when they were boxier.

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