The Mercedes-AMG One Is Front-Drive in Electric Mode

Yes, this 1050-hp hypercar can cruise up to 15 miles in EV mode, driven by the front wheels.

Weltpremiere Showcar Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: Mercedes-AMG bringt Formel 1-Technologie für die Straße
 World première of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show car: Mercedes-AMG brings Formula 1 technology to the road
Daimler AG - Global Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars

The Mercedes-AMG One (formerly Project One) uses a 1.6-liter turbo V6 derived from the automaker's 2015 championship-winning F1 car, assisted by three 160-hp electric motors. There's one bolted to the crankshaft and one powering each front wheel. With a full battery charge, the AMG one can run for 15 miles in pure electric mode, motivated entirely by the front two motors. Yes, that means AMG's hypercar is front-wheel-drive, at least during certain times.

That bit of information comes from this video tour of the AMG One from Top Gear, which gets into some of the cool tech details about this remarkable car. Host Jack Rix shows off the rearview camera that replaces a traditional mirror, and the One's wing-within-a-wing out back.

But, I'm still hung up on the front-wheel drive bit. The Porsche 918 also had electric motors on the front axle, and could be driven on electric power only. But the Porsche's rear electric motor, located between the engine and gearbox, powered the rear wheels when driving in EV mode.

There's something just so amusing about a 1050-hp hybrid hypercar that, under certain conditions, runs in front-drive mode. It makes perfect sense from an engineering standpoint, but it's just unconventional enough to be funny.


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