Ola Callenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz, admitted that he was “drunk” when the automaker’s supervisory board decided to allow the production of the AMG One hypercar.
The German carmaker first presented the car in 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It became a topic because it is characterized by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6, a motor-generator block-kinetic engine, a hybrid power unit from Formula 1 using a motor-generator. main engine unit and two electric motors on the front axle. In general, the car is expected to exceed 1000 hp.
Although these specifications looked good on paper, it turned out to be very difficult to launch AMG One. It has been postponed several times and delivery to consumers has not yet begun.
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“The team at AMG and [AMG] The high-performance Formula 1 came to us four years ago and said, “We have a great idea, let’s put a Formula 1 engine in the road,” Cullenius said. Car in a recent interview. “I have to go back to check the minutes of the meeting, but I’m sure we were drunk when we said ‘yes’.”
One of the challenges Mercedes has to overcome is getting a power unit that meets WLTP emission standards, which requires the use of a gasoline particle filter.
Speaking to the media about the car in Monaco, Cullenius said that the carmaker has news about the AMG One, which will be announced “in a week or two.” This was announced by the head of the marketing department of the automaker Bettina Fetzer Car Mercedes shares a “very honest documentary” about the project.
275 Mercedes-AMG One models will be released, each costing about 2.27 million euros ($ 2.4 million).