Mercedes-AMG One sets Nurburgring record, could've gone faster: Watch the run

In September 2018, Mercedes-AMG claimed it saw no point in setting a new Nürburgring record with the One. It's obviously changed its mind: the Formula 1-derived hypercar has just set a new record for a street-legal production car on Germany's grueling track.
DTM driver Maro Engel lapped the Green Hell in 6:35:183 on October 28, but the record has not yet been announced. In comparison, the June 2021 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR clocked a time of 6:38.835 and the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series 6:43.616. It sounds like the One could have been even faster in better weather conditions: AMG explained that the track was damp and slightly dirty.

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Mercedes made no changes to the One to set the record; If so, it wouldn't be eligible to claim the production car's crown. However, the company notes that it set maximum camber values ​​before letting Engel out on the track. The car's petrol-electric hybrid powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine and four electric motors. The system is closely related to the one that powers AMG's Formula 1 championship car, delivering 1,063 horsepower in this application. Setting a record with that much power might sound easy, but Engel emphasizes that it's quite difficult. Above all, he had to make optimal use of the brake energy recovery system.
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“During the preliminary tests, we tried to find the optimal deployment strategy. Like Lewis Hamilton and George Russel on their race weekends, I had to make the best possible use of the electrical energy from the hybrid drive. It's not easy, especially with this track length," he said. He finally selected the "Race Plus" driving mode, which offers the best possible aerodynamic profile and lowers ground clearance.
Records are meant to be broken. While The One is seriously impressive, we can't help but wonder who will manage to beat it.
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