The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar is slowly inching towards production as the dynamic testing program begins. Multiple prototypes have started testing at the Mercedes’ proving ground and technology centre at Immendingen.
The AMG One hypercar uses the same engine that powers Mercedes’ championship-winning F1 car. The 1.6-liter, turbocharged V6 engine along with three electric motors produces over 1000 hp. It should enable the hypercar to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
The final production-spec engines are now being tested in these prototypes, which sound a bit different too. Which means, Mercedes may have reworked the exhaust. The exhaust note now sounds more like a road-going Formula 1 car, which is basically what the AMG One is. In fact, it’s a car that Lewis Hamilton will be driving when he is not racing.
Mercedes’ hypercar project is already behind schedule and the first cars are expected to be delivered around 2021. Mercedes is building just 275 examples of the AMG One and all have already been sold.
Another hypercar project that is believed to have ran into trouble is the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Reports suggest that in the worst case, Aston Martin might even cancel the road car.