Despite being a Mercedes, the AMG One It is not manufactured or built in Germany but in England, exactly like the cars that Lewis Hamilton and George Russell drive in the Formula 1 World Championship. And it is not accidental but causal, because it is the most extreme street car ever built by Mercedes and has a direct relationship with the brand’s most successful racing car of all time, historically identified as the “Silver Arrow.”
The project is so ambitious that the CEO of Mercedes, Ola Kallenius, said last May when announcing that the prototype was already finished and production would soon begin, that “We must have been drunk when we said yes.”
What is special about this car? Nothing more and nothing less than its power plant, since it is not an engine but a combination of thermal and electric propulsion, such as those used six times by Hamilton and once by Nico Rosberg, in 2016, to win the Formula 1 World Championship between 2014 and 2020.
The thermal engine is only one, the same 1.6-liter V6 of the race cars that delivers 670 CV of power. But instead of one electric motor, there are four that equip the AMG One. Two are associated directly to the turbo and the other two to the front wheels to generate all-wheel drive. With this, the total power of the vehicle amounts to 1,063 hp at 11,000 RPM. And the reason the car is built in England is precisely because the engines come from the factory in Brixworthwhere those of F1 are assembled.
The plant that they have armed with Multimatic, the company that Mercedes associated with for the production of this model extreme street is on Coventrybut The 275 AMG Ones that will roll off the production line will be delivered to Germany. Despite its price, €2.7 millionall the models have already been sold before starting your assembly.
The manufacturing process of each AMG One is almost handmade, It is carried out by 50 people and has a production cycle of 16 work stations that are summarized in 12 different stages.
In the first 4, the mechanical parts are assembled, all low voltage components, and installation of essential powertrain components, which includes the total electrical installation.
Stations 5 and 6 is where the high voltage battery is incorporated and high voltage connections, make the performance tests of the combustion engine and electric motors, that is to say that already at that point, the first start-up of the vehicle is made.
Station 7 is where the interior of the cabin or passenger compartment.
At stations 8 to 10, the exterior parts of the body and doors are placed. Starting with the monocoque cover, then the doors and bumpers and finally the aerodynamic appendages.
In station 11 the wheels and flat bottom panels.
In the 12 the wheels are checked and adjusted and lights are installed.
Station 13 is dynamicsince at that point, the car goes to the roller dynamometer to try all driving modes vehicle.
At station 14 they are made tests known as NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) and any adjustments that may be necessary are made.
Station 15 is dedicated to testing the assembled car exposed to heavy artificial rain to test the tightness of the cabin and parts such as lights and electrical areas.
And finally, the classic and last station of a production line, number 16, is the one that, inside a cabin of intense light, requires a visual inspection of all surfaces and functional tests of all components.
Throughout all these stages, there are possible longer times according to the customization of each vehicle, either inside, exclusive to station 7, or elsewhere. If it is painting, it does not take longer than normal, because the panels already reach the assembly line with their final finish.
Once finished, Each car is taken to a circuit test near the Coventry silver, and after being verified in external dynamic tests, carefully packed and loaded on a truck destined for Affalterbach, in Germany, where it will be delivered to its owner.