Mercedes confirms it won’t be competing at Le Mans with the AMG One
After over three years in the making, the Mercedes AMG One is finally on its way to the streets. In fact, the car using the same engine as Nico Rosberg’s 2016 World Championship winning F1 car is set to arrive in the first months of 2021.
Despite this great news about the highly anticipated car’s arrival, AMG boss Tobias Moers has made an upsetting announcement. Since June when the FIA unveiled the new regulations for the top class of the World Endurance Championship, we have prayed for a Mercedes participation with the car previously known as Project One.
However, Moers doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for the Hypercar category saying, “I’m curious at how such expensive cars will run in a special series under ‘Balance of Performance’ conditions. I don’t think that is the right way.”
This uncertainty over the upcoming class means a Mercedes entry is now highly unlikely. He said, “I have concerns on one hand, while on the other I’m really excited to see those cars racing together. It’s an amazing situation. But investing such an amount of money in BoP-oriented racing? I’m not down with that for now.”
Obviously, this comes as quite a disappointment for many, but in truth, a Hypercar class adapted AMG One was never the plan. The aim of the One was to use everything the Mercedes brand has learnt in the Hybrid era of Formula 1 and stick it in a road car. In fact, the main reason for the car’s delay has been due to the trouble of fitting an F1 engine directly into a road-going car.