The ONE is now the quickest street-legal production car around the famous Temple of Speed.
The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar has broken yet another track record for street-legal production cars, and this time it has done so at the famous Monza circuit. Nicknamed The Temple of Speed for good reason, the AMG One completed a lap of the track in an astonishing time of 1:43.902, adding another track to the list of records to its name.
The records of previous records for an unmodified production car are a little hazy, but several sources support evidence that there was a 1:55.6 for a Ferrari 488 Pista and a 1:55.30 set by a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Perhaps what's even more remarkable about the AMG's accomplishment is that it was even quicker than the quickest GT3 car (1:47.153), a time set by the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The time is closer to an actual F1 car (Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso STR12 from 2017 managed a 1:38.53) than the next quickest production car.
Since Monza rewards high speeds, this helps explain why the AMG One - with its top speed of 218 mph - made up ground on the straights. The AMG GT3 has much less power and a 12-mph lower top speed.
Mercedes-AMG shared the exciting news of the One's achievement in an Instagram post, confirming that Maro Engel drove the car for its record-breaking run. Engel is a Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver and ambassador, and he was also behind the wheel of the One when it set a new Nurburgring lap record for road-legal production cars late last year.
At the time, the One lapped the Nurburgring in a time of 6:35.183 along the long-format track, and it managed a time of 6:30.705 for the shorter version of the circuit. It's not just that the One is breaking these records, but also the extent to which it is doing so. Around the Nurburgring, it was eight seconds faster than the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and at Monza, it beat the 488 Pista's time by over ten seconds.
There is no sweaty-palmed video footage to go with the AMG One's Monza run (yet), but we're hopeful that this will become available shortly for what is turning out to be a truly groundbreaking car.
With its F1-derived 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine and four electric motors working in tandem, the One makes 1,049 horsepower combined. The responsive engine is linked to a seven-speed automatic manual transmission, and the suspension is a multi-link setup on both ends of the body. We assume the Monza record was achieved in the Strat 2 driving mode, which lowers the car, makes the suspension firmer, and unleashes the powertrain's full fury.
But even then, with the way it generates and dispels electric energy, Engel would have to manage the car's power deployment to ensure he had enough in reserve to power out of the corners and accelerate on the straights.
We may never see a hypercar like the AMG One again, and for non-EV production cars, that means that the records you see here could stand the test of time.
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