Only 275 units will be built in total, and exclusive production of the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar has just begun. The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in the second quarter of 2022. The Formula 1 hybrid drive with a 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine and four electric motors is the work of motorsport experts Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth (England), also responsible for the development and production of powertrains for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 racing cars. Production of the complete vehicle will be carried out in Coventry, UK. To this end, AMG has worked with its production partner Multimatic to establish a dedicated production facility for small batches.
” The Mercedes-AMG One is the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken, from development to production. It marks another high point in Mercedes’ successful strategic development-AMG towards a future electrifiedé of Driving Performance. Production in small sexclusive series are a completely unique challenge. For the first time, the hypercar brings the current hybrid technology in Formula 1 almost identically from the track to the road, combining breathtaking performance with exemplary efficiency. This world only becomes a reality thanks to the amazing teamwork of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, experts in Formula 1 from Mercedes-AMG high-performance powertrains in Brixworth and our production partner Multimatic. All’team is extravery proud to have started production of the first vehicles for customers says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The production of exclusive cars is carried out by hand at no less than 16 assembly stations and test benches. Several work steps are reminiscent of the production of high-quality luxury watches: certain subsystems are first assembled and tested for function, then disassembled again and finally installed in the vehicle. This is the case, for example, with the carbon fiber monocoque chassis with integrated roof as well as all the removable body parts, also made of a light and stable, but also expensive material. The entire exterior cladding is the first to be fully assembled. All connections are now thoroughly checked and adjusted to size if necessary. This is the only way to create perfectly homogeneous joints. In the process, specialists must take into account the final coating, which adds its own material thickness. As the carbon wall thickness is only 1.2 millimeters in some places, this is an extremely delicate and sharp task. Once everything fits together perfectly, the parts – including doors and hoods – are disassembled again and then hand painted for each individual vehicle, ensuring the perfect color match of the entire vehicle.
The drivetrain and body-in-white come together in the next step: the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine, the high-voltage battery and the four electric machines have all been heat-tested beforehand on test benches at Brixworth to check they are sound and efficient, accurate same process as for Mercedes Formula 1 powertrains. Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains supplies the corresponding units: the eTurbo hybrid combustion engine, the high rechargeable, the front axle with the two electric machines and the power electronics including the inverter for each of the four electric motors. In the workflow, 75% of the parts are already assembled before the installation of the high voltage components.
In total, more than 50 specialists work on each Mercedes-AMG One. Each item is followed by thorough quality checks based on defined characteristics, resulting in complete documentation of the production process. This careful manufacturing process is complemented by the latest Industry 4.0 production methods, which Mercedes-AMG also uses at the Affalterbach site for the production of AMG engines. Components are thus pre-sorted in coordinated sets in material carriers and available at exactly the right time in the right place.
The final phase of production is marked by a rollout to a nearby proving ground, where each Mercedes-AMG One undergoes final acceptance testing by a factory test driver. As soon as he has given his approval, the vehicle is fitted with suitable transport protection and transported in a closed truck to the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. Both the technical vehicle briefing by the Mercedes-AMG One experts and the vehicle handover take place here.
According to the press release