Wednesday, February 24, 2021
News Mercedes-AMG One Formula 1 Engine Woes Cause Delays

Mercedes-AMG One Formula 1 Engine Woes Cause Delays

Woes might be a strong word… Mercedes-Benz surprised the car world with their then-named Project-One concept as not only did it look like it belonged in a prototype racing series but it was actually powered by an F1 engine.

The AMG Petronas turbo V6 engine was never designed as a street application powerplant. The main issue with the engine is not heat management as most would expect, it’s the idle. Unlike a road-car’s engine, this turbocharged V6 hums at 5,000 rpm. Its redline is 15,000 rpm. Both numbers are all kinds of wrong in a street-legal automobile.

Development, production and deliveries have been delayed by nine months because of this complication. As the Mercedes-AMG One is not a race-car, it needs to meet emissions too. Also, the engine needs to get along with a intricate hybrid system and a new gearbox.

Now that the issues are resolved, further development is underway and the first deliveries should occur sometime in the latter half of 2020.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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