The Mercedes-AMG One reportedly just broke the production car lap record at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the famous Italian Formula 1 track. That isn't all that exciting by itself, as production car lap records are broken constantly, especially when 1,000 horsepower monsters are seemingly unveiled every week. However, what is noteworthy about the AMG One's Monza lap time is how close it came to an actual F1 1 car.
With AMG Factory racing driver Maro Engel at the helm, Mercedes claims the AMG One lapped Monza in 1:43.902. That breaks the previous production car lap record of 1:55.300, set by the 991.2 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, by just over 11 seconds. However, even more impressive is that it was only 19.872 seconds slower than Red Bull F1 driver Sergio Perez's fastest lap of 1:24.030 at Monza last year.
The AMG One is the closest thing you'll get to an F1 car for the road. It uses the Mercedes-AMG F1 car's turbocharged 1.6-liter V6, albeit tuned for road use, and two additional electric motors at the front axle. Combined system power is 1,063 horsepower, which is sent to all four wheels. Due to its two electric motors and hybrid battery pack, the AMG One weighs 3,763 pounds. That makes it 2,000 pounds heavier than AMG's own F1 car, making its lap time even more impressive.
I'd like to see Mercedes slap a set of proper racing tires on the AMG One to see how close it could actually get to an actual F1 car with the right tire. Since Mercedes was shooting for the production car lap record, the AMG One was wearing as set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO1 tires. While that's an extremely aggressive tire, made specifically for the AMG One, it's still road legal. So, with a proper set of racing rubber, how much closer to an F1 car's lap time could the AMG One get?
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