Does the AMG One from Mercedes make any sense?
Three years and three months ago, Mercedes AMG showcased a car which was to adopt formula one technology on a road car, but does the plan really work?
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team has been the most successful Formula 1 team in recent years, winning the constructor’s championship in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In the meantime, specifically in 2017, they unveiled a road car (In concept form) that was based on their 2015 race car in the Frankfurt Motor Show, named the Mercedes AMG Project One (It was roughly the same time when Aston Martin announced their initial plans about the Valkyrie).
The AMG, originally supposed to commence deliveries in mid-2019, the cars have still not been delivered. Why has it been so long time coming? The answer is pretty straightforward; it is powered by an F1 engine, and they are not the best type of engines used for a road car. One simple example will make you understand just how hard it really is to make it possible. A normal car idles at about 1,000 rpm, whereas an F1 engine idles at 4,500 rpm, which is more than the redline of a Hyundai i10’s diesel engine (Just to put things into perspective). Emission and noise regulations are other factors which add to the difficulties of F1 engines to be used on a road car.
Let’s just keep the limitations aside for a moment, and just imagine that the project does become a success; it does very well seem that AMG is getting things right and probably the car will be delivered to customers by mid-2021. But the big question is, will it really be worth all this hard work to put an F1 engine on a production car, and will the 1.6 litre turbo V6 be more effective alternative to something like the Valkyrie’s Cosworth V12? The exact answer to this question can’t be said at this point, but we surely can speculate.
I think that AMG will surely make a success in making an F1 engine effective on the road. Looking at the past of Mercedes and AMG, they have brought in some innovations to the industry, and even though this is a very different task altogether, something in me says that it’ll be real a success. I love the example that Chris Harris once took to compare quite a similar situation. It was of the Porsche 918 Spyder. Everyone at the time (Including Chris himself) thought that Porsche got everything wrong with their new flagship model; it was heavier, more complex and less powerful than its main rivals (The P1 and La Ferrari), but it still came right at the top of the competition. Today I could see many people (Not everyone) criticising the Merc for having taken a very complex approach, and quite a lot of time in developing the car but I think AMG will reply to the criticisms in the most badass way by making an astonishing car.
If it turns out that the AMG One will come out and not be as quick as its rivals, it has the serious trouble of being forgotten by the masses. To sum up, I believe that Mercedes AMG will truly show their magic and make it a very effective road car that’ll be capable of doing extraordinary things, as far as a Track-focused supercar is concerned. As you can see, I’m quite a big fan of it and probably am being quite a bit too optimistic. But make sure that you share your own thoughts in the comments section and I hope you all enjoyed reading the article. Thank you very much, and a very Happy New Year to all of you!