F1-powered Mercedes-AMG One units new Nurburgring lap file

The Mercedes-AMG One hypercar, which is powered by a modified Method One engine, has set a brand new lap file for a road-legal manufacturing automotive on the Nurburgring.

The automotive, which has a V6 turbo-hybrid engine primarily based on the 2016 Mercedes F1 energy unit, set a time of 6:30.705 to slash the file beforehand held by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR by eight seconds.

The lap was set by Mercedes GT3 driver Maro Engel on October 28 this yr at 5:14pm native time, simply earlier than the observe closed at 5:15pm. The autumnal situations have been removed from splendid, however the observe was getting higher with every run and Engel saved his absolute best till final.

“That was actually an unforgettable expertise,” Engel stated. “I did not count on that we might have the ability to set such a lap time with these observe situations. In some essential areas of the observe, it hadn’t dried fully but and was subsequently difficult. That was a particular problem. We tried to search out the optimum deployment technique throughout the pre-tests.

“Like Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on their race weekends, I additionally needed to deploy {the electrical} power of the hybrid drive in the absolute best approach. That is not simple, particularly with this size of observe. As well as, the DRS operate had for use optimally. However that is additionally an actual Method One feeling.”

Nurburgring lap data are sometimes seen as the final word check of road-going efficiency vehicles as they put the emphasis on a automotive’s dealing with somewhat than Prime Trump-style figures, equivalent to most pace or 0-60 instances.

The Mercedes-AMG One, which produces over 1,000 bhp, was in the identical specification because the 275 manufacturing fashions which have already been bought to prospects for over $2.7 million. It additionally featured road-going Michelin tyres like those that can hit the street on the ultimate manufacturing automotive.

The lap was over 30 seconds quicker than the Method One lap file set by Ferrari driver Clay Regazzoni in 1975, though all in-period F1 instances have been set on a special format that was two kilometers longer.

Mercedes’ new manufacturing automotive lap file raises the query of whether or not Aston Martin will try and set an official Nurburgring time within the Adrian Newey-designed Valkyrie. In concept, the Valkyrie’s superior underfloor aerodynamics ought to imply it goes even quicker than the Mercedes-AMG One, nevertheless it has not but set a time.

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