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After several years of delays and genuine concerns for the project's future, the Mercedes-AMG One has finally received an official production timeline. According to British outlet Autocar (and confirmed by Roadshow), customers have been contacted by Mercedes with confirmation that production is slated to begin in 2022.
Keen readers may recall that the Mercedes-AMG One was initially set to hit the market all the way back in 2019, after the initial concept was shown 2017. The hypercar concept was built around a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 with electric motor assistance, all of it based on what powers the Mercedes Formula 1 race car.
Of course, trying to adapt F1 hardware for street use (and street-legal regulations) is difficult, and according to reports, the One's significant delays were largely due to powertrain troubles. As one might imagine, it turns out meeting emissions standards is difficult with an F1 engine, especially when you're targeting an output of 1000 hp.
The report notes that engineers specifically struggled to tame the idle speed of the hybridized 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6, which was derived from Mercedes' championship-winning F1 car from 2017. The powertrain is designed to idle at 5000 rpm in race trim, far too high for street use. Getting the engine to behave properly at a tame 1200 rpm was quite difficult to accomplish. Based on the prototypes we've recently seen testing on the streets and racetracks of Europe, it seems AMG has sorted out this issue.
When the Mercedes-AMG One does finally arrive next year, it will safely become one of the most extreme machines ever to wear a license plate. The car will serve as a statement to what Mercedes-AMG can do with hybrid performance machines, just as batteries really begin to trickle into the sports car world. Not that anyone who remembers the 2017 F1 season needs a reminder of what the company can do with this powertrain tech.