6:35.183 min: Mercedes-AMG ONE is Number 1 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife
Mercedes-AMG ONE has once again made history by setting a new record for road-legal production vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The hypercar with Formula-1™ technology, officially measured and notarised, completed the 20.832-kilometer track in 6:35.183 minutes. The record-breaking run happened on October 28, 2022, when racing driver and AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel took to the track for the last attempt of the day and burned the new, fabulous time into the legendary and demanding Eifel asphalt.
New Record and Thrilling Drive
Maro Engel's last lap was a truly unforgettable experience. Even though he had already set a new best time, Engel wasn't yet satisfied. Towards the end of his track slot, the conditions were getting better by the minute, and he took advantage of the very last opportunity to improve the lap time to the new official record of 6:35.183 minutes. According to Engel, the track conditions were tricky as the track hadn't dried completely yet, especially in some crucial areas. Engel had to find the optimal deployment strategy for the hybrid drive, just like Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on their race weekends. The lap time of 6:30.705 minutes was based on the track variant known from the sport auto Super Test.
The AMG Team's Success
Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, was proud of the whole AMG team that was involved in this project. The various departments in Affalterbach as well as their colleagues at HPP in Brixworth never gave up and continued to push the dream of this vehicle. Even though the AMG ONE is more at home on a Grand Prix circuit than on the Nordschleife, the team went one step further and took on the challenges of the Nürburgring with a super sports car. This success is the well-deserved reward for their hard work.
The weather on the day of the record-breaking run was sunny with a light wind, but the track was still damp and partly dirty in some areas, typical of the Nürburgring in autumn. In some sections, the ideal line had not yet completely dried, especially in the fast "Kesselchen" section. These were not ideal conditions, especially for a vehicle in this extreme performance class. By the time the track was passable for a first fast lap, the remaining time had whittled down to less than an hour, which only allowed for a maximum of four fast laps.
Technically, the record-breaking vehicle was in series-production condition and had everything that the Mercedes-AMG ONE offers as standard. The hypercar brings Formula 1™ hybrid-drive technology from the racetrack to the road for the first time. With one combustion engine and four electric motors, the E PERFORMANCE hybrid delivers a total of 782 kW (1,063 hp), with the top speed capped at 352 km/h. The other motorsport technology ranges from the carbon monocoque and carbon body to the engine/transmission unit as a stressed member and active aerodynamics to the push-rod chassis. With its complex technology, the two-seater Mercedes-AMG ONE offers even more than a Formula 1™ racing car in some cases.
The Mercedes-AMG ONE has once again set the bar high for hypercars with its new Nürburgring-Nordschleife record. The AMG team's hard work and dedication have paid off with a well-deserved