Mercedes-AMG ONE goes fastest at Nürburgring-Nordschleife

6:35.183 minutes: and it’s official. The Mercedes-AMG ONE is the king of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, rounding the 20.832km track to set a new record for road-legal production vehicles, as well as in the super sports car category.

The record-breaking drives on 28 October 28 2022 were recorded in the very last attempt of the day, just moments before the track was closed, and although Maro Engel had already set a new best time beforehand, the DTM driver was not yet satisfied.

“That was really an unforgettable experience,” he said. “I didn’t expect that we would be able to set such a lap time with these track conditions. In some crucial areas of the track, it hadn’t dried completely yet and was therefore tricky. That was a special challenge.”

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Mercedes-AMG brought two ONE examples to the Ring, which meant that the limited time could be used effectively. Both vehicles were inspected to ensure that they were in series production. A notary confirmed the proper condition of the vehicles too.

Technically, the record-breaking vehicle had everything that the Mercedes-AMG ONE offers as standard. With its 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 combustion engine and four electric motors, the performance hybrid delivers 782kW of power, with the top speed capped at 352km/h.

Loaded with F1 tech, including a carbon monocoque and carbon body, the two-seater features fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all‑wheel drive with a hybrid-driven rear axle and electrically driven front axle with torque vectoring.

For the record drive, the maximum camber values within the delivery tolerance were selected. Maro Engel chose the “Race Plus” driving programme.

This means active, maximum possible aerodynamics, tight chassis tuning, vehicle lowering by 37mm at the front axle and 30mm at the rear axle and, of course, full power from all motors.

The drag reduction system is activated by the driver by pressing a button on the steering wheel. This 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. Working together with the car’s capabilities, Engel was able to manage his energy, and that of the car to deliver the record lap.

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