After a lengthy production hell that saw numerous delays, the F1-inspired Mercedes-AMG ONE is finally here. It just made its public debut over at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed by running up the hill climb while its stunning 1.6-liter V6 wailed away.
For those of you living under a rock, that’s not an error. This hypercar really does have a 1.6-liter V6 and that’s because it’s based on the actual power unit, hybrid system, and transmission used by the Mercedes-AMG F1 car. It develops a total of 1,049 hp (782 kW), can go from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in 7 seconds, and has a top speed of 219 mph (352 km/h).
While we’ve seen the car a bunch of times and known all about its potential performance capabilities, this is one of the very first times that we’ve seen it at an exhibition like the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. There, it had the chance to run up the world-famous hill climb with no fear of authorities slowing it down.
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Somewhat frustratingly, this was not a wild, edge-of-your-seat, dip a tire into the grass, sort of run up the hill. Instead, the Mercedes-AMG ONE was there mostly to show off and have a good time with no goal of setting a fast climb time.
In fact, it stopped halfway up the hill to deploy the rear wing and show off the amazing active aero on the body. The whole car hunkers down as the rest of the car seems to come to life. The front flaps flip up while the DRS-equipped wing activates like nothing else on the road.
Almost as impressive is how high off the ground, and dare we say daily drivable, this thing looks when it starts off at the beginning of the climb. While we can’t imagine anyone will actually drive this car very often, it’s cool to see how capable it could be should someone be so bold.
Keep in mind too that attending events like the Goodwood FOS might be the only way to see one of these cars any time soon. We know that they’re not coming to America unless under special circumstances for sure.