Mercedes set out to achieve the impossible with the AMG One car, shattering boundaries in the automotive industry by creating the first street-legal hypercar infused with Formula 1 technology. This groundbreaking project not only redefined the concept of high-performance vehicles but also inspired a captivating documentary that delves deep into the journey of bringing this extraordinary car to life. The trailer of this documentary has recently been unveiled, offering a glimpse into the remarkable story behind the AMG One.
Produced by Tina Preschitz and directed by Jochen Schmoll, the documentary opens with none other than Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton, recounting the moment he proposed the idea of a hypercar that would redefine the supercar landscape to Mercedes. The core philosophy behind the AMG One was elegantly simple yet incredibly ambitious—to transform a Formula 1 powertrain into a machine that could legally roam the streets. However, realizing this audacious vision required the Mercedes AMG team to navigate uncharted waters, leading them through a series of formidable challenges that often tested their resolve.
Beyond celebrating the team’s eventual triumph, the documentary’s primary objective is to shed light on the intricate, nerve-wracking, tumultuous, and highly stressful journey that Mercedes AMG embarked upon to birth the AMG One. Picture the audacity of developing a car with an entirely new concept, all while the world scrutinized every move, holding their legacy hostage. This arduous journey spanned six years, marked by misfires, delays, frustrations, and tensions within the teams and the management. And looming over it all were the 275 eager customers, standing at the precipice, checkbooks in hand, ready to part with approximately £2.2 million for the privilege of owning this automotive masterpiece.
Under the hood, the AMG One boasts a mighty 1.6-liter V6 engine reminiscent of a Formula 1 powerhouse, churning out a staggering 1063 horsepower and rocketing from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. What truly sets it apart from a Formula 1 car, however, is the addition of a plug-in hybrid system featuring an 8 kWh battery. Yet, everything else, from the aerodynamics and rear wing to the steering, remains pure Formula 1 pedigree. It even incorporates a DRS (Drag Reduction System) mode, a feature directly from the racetracks.
The documentary isn’t solely a Lewis Hamilton show; it also features an impressive lineup of personalities from the Formula 1 world and beyond. Among them are former racer and F1 Academy managing director Susie Wolff, businesswoman Victoria Swarovski, renowned car presenter Mat Watson, former F1 driver David Coulthard, and FIA president Dr. Ben Sulayem. Furthermore, it delves into the inner workings of the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG teams, bringing engineers, mechanics, designers, and software developers into the spotlight.
This documentary isn’t just another film; it’s the chronicle of how a mega-brand like Mercedes dared to stake everything on a single project in the annals of automotive history—a project aptly named “Project One.” It’s a tale of audacity, innovation, and unwavering determination that transformed a wild dream into a tangible reality, forever changing the landscape of high-performance automobiles.