This is more advanced than your average racing game home simulator setup.
Last month, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series became the new king of the Nurburgring, setting a new lap record time of six minutes and 43.616 seconds. But the best is still yet to come. After several years, development of the AMG One performance flagship hypercar is still underway. For the first time in a road car, the AMG One's powertrain uses technology derived from modern Formula 1 cars, so delays for a project as ambitious and technologically advanced as this were perhaps inevitable.
While prototypes have already been unleashed onto the track for real-world testing, Mercedes-AMG has also built a simulator that's significantly more advanced than your average racing game home simulator setup to virtually test the car's dynamics.
It looks similar to simulators used by F1 racing teams to test racing drivers. In a video released by Mercedes-AMG, we get to see the One hypercar's advanced simulation in action. The driver sits in a cab replicating the AMG One fixed to a Hexapod mounted on six moveable supports. It also features a full braking system.
A 29.5-foot-wide 4K screen simulates a variety of real-life driving scenarios, from towns and highways to rural roads and the Nurburgring where it can virtually push the car to the limit. Data gathered from the simulations allow AMG to see how the car responds to the driver and finetune the dynamics.
Racing driver Maro Engel, who won the 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race in 2016, also tried out the simulator and praised the car's performance and stability, adding that the AMG One felt faster than his AMG GT3 race car as he was able to push the car around 45 mph faster down a straight.
Powering the AMG One is an F1-sourced 1.6-liter V6 hybrid powertrain delivering a combined output of over 1,000 hp, though a recent report claims the output will be over 1,200 hp. Only 275 people will get a chance to own one, with deliveries starting next year.