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The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar 

It’s taken over half a decade of development but now the Mercedes-AMG One is here – boasting 1048bhp from a Formula 1-based hybrid powertrain and smashing the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for a production car with Maro Engel at the wheel last month. ROBERT HOLMES wonders if it can now claim to be the ultimate hypercar...

Much has changed since October 2015, when AMG boss Tobias Moers first decreed that a Formula 1-engined road car would be the only properly fitting way to celebrate the AMG brand’s 50 years in business. But while a prototype was ready for the Frankfurt Motor Show in the anniversary year – 2017 – further deadlines, not least the 2020 launch date, came and went as the hybrid supercar endured a thorny and protracted development phase.

In the interim, Moers, the Mercedes-AMG One’s father and keenest advocate, has been headhunted by Aston Martin, where he lasted two years before being given the boot by Lawrence Stroll when the company’s share price remained in the doldrums.

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