Mercedes-AMG One claims the title as the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring.
When it comes to attempting to smash lap records, Porsche is always at the forefront.
Its 911 GT2 RS with Manthey Racing had the title to itself as the fastest car to ever lap the Nordschleife when it showcased its abilities in 2021. When talking about production vehicles, Mercedes-AMG’s Black Series remained undefeated since 2020 with a time of 6:43.61 minutes.
That has changed. The Mercedes-AMG One has now been crowned the fastest-production car to go around the 20.8 km ‘Ring’ in 6:35.183 minutes, with AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel behind the wheel, dethroning the GT2 MR by 8 seconds dead.
“I didn’t expect 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, which made it tricky. That was a special challenge”, said Engel
It sits at the top of the leaderboard as the fastest road-legal production vehicle. It has become number one in the Nürburgring super sports car category. You can imagine... A damp track and partly dirty in some areas of the track, Engel exercised his DTM expertise to achieve the best numbers. Kudos to the AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system that ensured extra grip throughout the run.
Technically speaking, the Mercedes-AMG One wields a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid unit paired with four electric motors that pump out 782 kW of menacing power. 0-100 km/h? Well, that’s done in 2.9 seconds, with the top speed kicking in at a stupidly fast and mind-boggling 352 km/h.
With Formula 1 technology at its core, the AMG One employs a carbon monocoque, carbon body to the engine and transmission unit and active aerodynamics to the push-rod chassis.
Blistering around the Nurburgring, Maro Engel dialled it into the ‘Race Plus’ mode. This activated every available system, such as active aerodynamics and tight chassis tuning. This lowered the vehicle by 37 mm at the front axle and 30 mm at the rear while all available power was harnessed from the motors.
With pretty capable pieces of machinery out there, someone might try to break the AMG One lap record soon. Only time will tell, though.