The F1-inspired hypercar is being put together in the United Kingdom.
After countless delays and tantalizing teasers, Mercedes-Benz finally lifted the lid on its One hypercar in June 2022. With a combined output of 1,049 horsepower, you can imagine eager customers can't wait to get behind the wheel of their F1-inspired hypercars. Well, it shouldn't be long now, as production of the Mercedes-AMG One has finally kicked off in Coventry, UK.
Mercedes likens the arduous building process to the crafting of luxury watches, noting the One is completed by hand and goes through 16 testing and assembly stations before it's ready. AMG has gone to great lengths to deliver a quality product. For example, some sub-systems are assembled and tested, only to be disassembled and installed at a later date.
The entire outer skin goes through this process. This allows the assembly team to scrutinize the fits and adjust the size if need be. It also allows the building specialists to take the final carbon lacquer into account.
Much like Mercedes does with its F1 engines, the powertrain of the highly limited hypercar is subjected to strenuous hot testing to ensure that it's healthy and durable. After the bodywork is completed, the 1.6-liter V6 engine and four electric motors are fitted. More than 50 specially trained individuals work on each of the 275 units.
After the vehicle goes through a station, each example is subjected to a series of quality checks. One of these tests ensures the hypercar remains leak-free in a simulated monsoon test. Once one of the German hypercars rolls off the production line, it's still got to pass the ultimate test.
AMG subjects the One to a shakedown at a proving ground, where the factory test driver gives their final approval. If the $2.8 million hypercar gets the nod from everyone involved, it's transported from England to AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach. Here, lucky customers are able to take delivery of their incredibly engineered machines.
"The Mercedes-AMG One is the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken - from development to production...the production of the exclusive small series is a truly unique challenge...we as a whole team are very proud to have now started production of the first customer vehicles," said Mercedes-AMG's Philipp Schiemer.
Sadly, none of the 275 examples are destined for the United States. Selling the One in America would have forced Mercedes to compromise the vehicle's performance, something it wasn't prepared to do. Local buyers will just have to make do with the all-new SL63 for now.
Despite the $2.8 million price tag, we're guessing every example is spoken for. Earlier this year, the One put on an impressive show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With incredible speed and mesmerizing grip, it even took a quick stop to demonstrate its impressive active aero to stunned showgoers.