The much-delayed Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar has at last turned a wheel as the first prototype undergoes testing.
Revealed in 2017 and originally scheduled to hit the road in 2019, the 1000-horsepower hybrid reportedly ran into problems with its Formula 1-derived powertrain. The 1.6-liter V-6 is based on the engine that powered Lewis Hamilton to the 2017 World Championship. Making the engine comply with emissions regulations and operate in normal road conditions seems to have been more of a task than initially thought.
That’s all in the past now. As you can see in the video below the One is back on track—literally. First stop is the Immendingen test facility, with the Nürburging no doubt soon to follow. Then there’ll be a trip to to test its claimed top speed of 218 mph and another to verify if its all-wheel drive system really can launch the One from zero to 124 mph in six seconds. According to the video, the One’s engine is operating at full power and its active aerodynamics are fully-functioning, so further tests will follow swiftly in order to get the car ready for deliveries in 2021.
Mercedes-AMG is to build just 275 Ones and all have been spoken for, despite the $2.7 million price tag.