Mercedes-AMG Soars at Monza, Beats Ferrari and Porsche

The ONE Breaks Lap Record at Temple of Speed.

The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar has broken a further record for road-going production autos, and this time it did so at the celebrated Monza course. Referred to as The Temple of Speed for a valid justification, the AMG One set down an impressive lap of the circuit in 1:43.902 seconds, thus adding another track to its list of accomplishments.

The exact prior achievements for an unchanged factory car are cloudy, however some sources suggest a 1:55.6 for the Ferrari 488 Pista as well as a 1:55.30 from a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Even more astounding than that is the AMG’s fantastic outcome of surpassing the quickest GT3 vehicle (1:47.153) by Mercedes-AMG GT3. This time is more similar to an actual F1 auto (Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso STR12 from 2017 which achieved a 1:38.53) as opposed to the following swiftest production car.

Given that Monza is conducive to high velocities, this helps explain why the AMG One – with its pinnacle velocity of 218 mph – had a resurgence on the straights. Despite having much less clout and 12 mph less topping velocity, is the AMG GT3.

Mercedes-AMG have produced a stimulating revelation on their Instagram post which affirmed Maro Engel, who is a GT3 driver and advocate of Mercedes-AMG, to be at the helm of the One during its record-making track session at Nurburgring for approved market automobiles in the later part of last year.

At the time, the One clocked in a stunning 6:35.183 on the complete lap of Nurburgring and was even quicker at the shortened version with an impressive 6:30.705. The most remarkable feat however, is not simply the records it is crushing but the margins by which it is doing so; at Nurburgring it left the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT2 RS gasping eight seconds behind and at Monza it outdid the 488 Pista’s time by as much as ten seconds!

No sweaty-clenched videos accompany the AMG One’s Monza drive (as of yet), yet here’s to optimism that one will arise soon for this interestingly pioneering machine.

The One is equipped with its F1-inspired 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine and four synchronised electric motors, cumulatively producing 1,049 horsepower. With a responsive seven-speed manual transmission, the vehicle features a double multi-link suspension setup on both sides of the body. Presumably, to set the record for Monza, it was driven using the performance ‘Strat 2’ mode, which not only lowers the car and stiffens up the suspension, but also accesses the full extent of the powertrain’s prowess.

However, in spite of that, for him to control the electric energy processing and distribution, Engel had to make certain to possess sufficient stocks to drive out of corners and to quicken along the straights.

It is foreseeable we never witness a vehicle similar to the AMG One once more; for non-electrical vehicles, this insinuates that the accomplishments represented here could last a lifetime.

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