It was five years ago when Mercedes-AMG presented Project One, a spectacular hybrid supercar prototype equipped with an F1 engine and four other electric blocks, which in total offer 1,063 Hp of power. A project, which after several years of fine-tuning, delays and obstacles, has finally begun the manufacture of street copies.
In principle, only 275 units of the Mercedes-AMG One will be built, which, with a price of 2.5 million euros, are all already sold. The first deliveries of the -according to the brand- the fastest street model ever built by the German manufacturer, will be made before the end of 2022.
This AMG is the most ambitious project of the sports division of Mercedes-Benz. There are no doubts when knowing its exclusive manufacturing process, carried out by hand by a team of 50 specialists in a total of 16 assembly and testing stations. A process that, according to the brand, is similar to that of the production of luxury watches.
Manufacturing of the Mercedes-AMG One takes place at two locations, both located in England. So while its hybrid propulsion system is manufactured in Brixworth, at the headquarters of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team; its assembly takes place at the AMG facility in Coventry.
Some elements of the supercar are first pre-assembled and checked for function, then disassembled again and only then finally installed on the vehicle. The carbon fiber monocoque and the rest of the body parts, including doors and hood, are the first to be assembled. They are revised so that they fit perfectly, as a curiosity in some points the thickness of the carbon is only 1.2 millimeters.
Once everything fits perfectly, all the elements are disassembled again to be painted by hand, including the logo, as in the single-seaters. By the way, the painting that has a star gradient is also hand painted.
Then it’s time to test the power units on separate test benches and prepare the V6 gasoline engine, the high-voltage battery and the different electric motors of the hybrid system to be assembled on the already painted bodywork, which in order to facilitate the work It has neither doors nor hood. Once the high voltage system is installed, the vehicle is initially started up.
At this point, it is time to install the floor panels, wheels and tires, which will be regulated according to road approval along with the headlights. Of course, there is still a long way to go before the Mercedes-AMG One can be delivered, before that some final tests must be carried out.
Next, the Mercedes-AMG One is tested on rollers where all its driving modes are tested to verify that the flow of energy and performance is as expected. It then goes through a noise and vibration test, and finally a monsoon rain test to check that its interior is fully enclosed and the voltage areas are properly protected.
After a final visual review of all its surfaces and technical tests of individual operation of all its components, the test arrives final test performed by a factory test driver. After receiving your approval, the vehicle receives the appropriate transport protection and travels by closed truck to the Mercedes‑AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany.