Well, who didn’t see that coming?
It was just a matter of time, isn’t it? The Mercedes-AMG ONE now sits at the top of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production/street-legal lap records list. The plug-in hybrid hypercar lapped the 20.832 km (12.94 mi) track in 6:35.183 minutes with racing driver and AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel behind the wheel. In the slightly shorter 20.6 km track, the lap time is 6:30.705 minutes. The Manthey-tuned Porsche 911 GT2 RS now sits in second place in the aforementioned list with a lap time of 6:43.300 minutes.
Mercedes-AMG brought two ONEs to the ‘ring, just to be on the safer side. Both cars were in series-production condition and the same was apparently verified by TÜV Rheinland. Which means the cars produced the same system output of 782 kW (1,063 metric hp), and the top speed remained capped at 352 km/h (219 mph). The tyres were also the same Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tyres exclusively developed for the hypercar.
For the record drive, the cambers were set to their maximum, and Maro chose the “Race Plus” driving mode. Which means active, maximum possible aerodynamics, tight chassis tuning, vehicle lowering by 37 mm at the front axle and 30 mm at the rear axle, and of course, full power from all motors. In addition, the Drag Reduction System (DRS) retracts the front louvres on the wings as well as the upper aero element of the two-stage rear wing. If the system detects deceleration or a certain degree of lateral acceleration, the aero elements extend again in a flash.
AMG reckons that for the record lap, you require not only great driving skills but also an intelligent driving style. Maro used the four-stage Energy Flow Control (EFC) of the car and let off the gas a little earlier in some sections, known as “lift and coast” in technical jargon. In addition, he also used energy recovery in the braking phases. Thus, even on the long Döttinger Höhe, the high-performance battery still offered enough power for a 338 km/h (210 mph) top speed.
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