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Lewis Hamilton Test Drives Mercedes-AMG One Hypercar

Lewis Hamilton, who set a new record of 95 wins and equalled Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world championships in 2020, is now ready to start testing the latest prototypes for the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar due to start deliveries in 2021.

Mercedes-AMG One

 

In a new marketing campaign to preview electrified AMGs, the German premium automaker puts the 35-year-old British driver behind the wheel of the hybrid hypercar. Now that the F1 season is over, Hamilton has more time to enjoy the company cars provided by his employer, but this Mercedes is not a typical diesel A-Class. With more than 1,000 horsepower on tap, it’s the most powerful road car to ever wear the three-pointed star.

The AMG One is being shown alongside Hamilton’s 2020-spec F1 car, although it would’ve probably been more fitting to show the championship-winning car from 2015. That’s because the hypercar uses a variation of the hybrid 1.6-liter V6 that powered the Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid racer. Revving up to 11,000 rpm, the combustion engine works with four electric motors, pushing the car to speeds exceeding 217 mph (350 km/h).

Mercedes-AMG One

“I can still hardly believe that there will soon be a hypercar with a Formula One engine,” Hamilton said in a statement. “We won the world championship with this engine in 2015, and I was involved in its development for a long time.”

Mercedes-AMG uses the “After Work” video as an opportunity to preview not only the production-ready One, but also the “E Performance” label (hence the red accents) coming next year to electrified AMG cars.

Mercedes-AMG One

Interestingly, Hamilton has previously expressed an interest in developing his own specification, a potential “LH” special edition. He revealed early in 2019 that he’d want his car to offer a bit more power and noise than the standard car, along with some personalization options inside.

Source: motor1 and motor authority 

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