Keen to showcase the technical superiority of the Silver Arrows, Mercedes-AMG has finally one-upped its neighbor Porsche with the single fastest lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife (Northern Loop) with a sizzling 6:35.183 lap time around the 20.832km track in the Eiffel Region onboard the stunning F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One hybrid hypercar, which features F1-derived technology in a road-legal package.
Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador and DTM/GT3 factory works driver Maro Engel set the blistering and record-breaking lap on October 28, at 5:14pm, on a cool autumn afternoon. A few seconds later and all would have been for naught as the track would officially be closed at 5:15pm, and would not allow any car to start the lap.
Herr Engel says that some parts of the track were still damp, but thanks to track familiarity and the Mercedes-AMG One’s impressive suite of F1-derived technology—not to mention Engel’s skills—the car conquered the legendary circuit and came on top ahead of its rivals.
German automotive publication Sport Auto, which has long been the unofficial but accepted independent tester, uses a slightly different layout to measure the start-to-finish lap. According to data from the Mercedes-AMG engineers, the One ran an even more astonishing 6:30 lap using Sport Auto’s unique configuration.
Race Plus Driving Mode was chosen by Engel, which meant full power available at all times from the hybrid 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine and the three electric motors for a total of 1,063hp, tight chassis tuning, 37mm lower front suspension, and 30mm lower rear suspension, with DRS activated in all possible areas.
This allowed the One to reach a top speed of 338km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe Straight. The upper wing element on the rear wing and the front wheel louvres would retract to provide a slipperier shape with DRS active. And the 4Matic Plus all-wheel-drive system and front axle torque vectoring gave the added traction and stability on the Ring’s slippery, damp, and less-than-ideal tight corners and in sections like Karussell, Schwedenkreuz, Adenauer Forst, and Schwalbenschwanz.
Engel’s record-breaking One hypercar was shod with factory Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R MO tires specially developed by the French brand, and ran the maximum allowed camber setting within factory specs.
TÜV Rheinland inspected the two examples of the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar taken to the track to ensure that they were indeed road-legal, and fell into the serial production car category (if one can consider a very limited run of 275 units ‘serial production’.
All units have been spoken for despite the eye-watering $2.75 million (P159 million) price tag, excluding local delivery fees and applicable taxes.
The nearest rival is Porsche’s 991 GT2 RS, which had lapped the Ring in 6:43.30 seconds, a good eight seconds slower than the time of the Silver Arrows. It will be interesting and intense as to how the Zuffenhausen-based squad reacts.
Meanwhile, the party at Mercedes-Benz and AMG must still be going on, louder than ever, even days after the record-setting run.