Development of the Mercedes-AMG One has suffered delays, meaning it won’t arrive until 2020.
Since it debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show over a year ago, Mercedes-AMG has been quiet about the upcoming One hypercar. Recently, AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that customer deliveries for the F1-powered hypercar have been delayed by nine months due to development issues, meaning it won’t arrive until 2020. That also means it will arrive after its main rival, the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which is slated to launch next year. It should be worth the wait, however, because Mercedes-AMG is using the time to make the One lighter and even more powerful than initial targets suggested.
Sources have informed The Supercar Blog that the AMG One has a lower, more ambitious weight target to help it achieve the desired performance. No specific target weight was mentioned, but Mercedes was initially targeting a kerb weight of around 3,000 lbs. According to sources, the AMG One will be slightly more powerful than the 1039 hp that was initially targeted.
Mercedes is also reportedly considering a Motorsport package for the AMG One, which could add even more extreme aerodynamics to the hypercar and boost the performance from the car’s hybrid V6 powertrain to make it a formidable track weapon.
Mercedes is so confident about the AMG One’s capabilities, it’s also planning to set a production car lap record at the Nurburgring and is currently preparing the car for its record run. It will need to beat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which is the current king of the Nurburgring after setting a time of six minutes and 44.97 seconds. Only 275 examples of the Mercedes-AMG One are being produced, each costing $2.7 million.