Monday, August 8, 2022

Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mercedes-AMG ONE, Vision AMG and VISION EQXX

The hybrid hypercar makes its dynamic debut joined by a trend-setting design study and the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built and a roster of sporting icons past and present in celebration of 55 years of AMG

Goodwood.  The cutting-edge Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar with E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive (fuel consumption weighted, combined: 8.7 l/100 km; combined weighted CO2 emissions: 198 g/km; combined weighted electrical consumption: 32 kWh/100 km)[1] makes its dynamic public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of an incredible 55 years of AMG celebration. Joined by the ultimate in performance luxury from AMG, including the new AMG GT Track Series and GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE (fuel consumption weighted, combined WLTP: 7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions weighted, combined WLTP: 180 g/km; power consumption weighted, combined WLTP: 12.0 kWh/100 km)[2], the AMG ONE will be seen in action for the first time as it makes its way up the iconic Goodwood hill climb. With the extraordinary Vision AMG design study, Mercedes-AMG offers a glimpse of the all-electric future of Driving Performance. Also making the trip up the famous hill will be the VISION EQXX. The most efficient Mercedes ever built makes its Goodwood appearance hot on the heels of a road trip of 1,202 kilometres from Stuttgart to Silverstone and Brixworth on a single battery charge – the second such trip in less than three months. These extremes of Mercedes modern-day performance and efficiency stand side-by-side at Goodwood with a roster of past sporting icons in celebration of 55 years of AMG and of Mercedes technological achievement through motorsport.

Mercedes-AMG ONE headlines 55 years of AMG

With more than 1000hp from a 1.6-litre V6 hybrid turbocharged engine, the AMG ONE will provide motorsport fans with the sound of something never before achieved in a production car; a Formula 1TM engine for the road. The immensely complex E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive of the Mercedes-AMG ONE is the result of close cooperation with the experts at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth. It features 1,063 hp combined output generated using one combustion engine and four electric motors, and leverages the latest in aerodynamics and carbon-fibre chassis technology. For the teams in Germany and the UK, the Goodwood Festival of Speed debut marks the conclusion of one of the toughest hypercar projects ever conceived.

The Vision AMG design study points to the future. Beneath the breath‑taking exterior design of the four-door coupé is the equally extraordinary dedicated AMG.EA platform, which is currently under development in Affalterbach for all-electric performance models. The sporty high-tech seamless design and the breathtaking proportions give the Vision AMG a futuristic character. The four-door configuration also makes clear that the show car offers a taste of a functional all‑electric sports car of the future.

The 55 years of AMG celebration at Goodwood Festival of Speed also sees two of AMG’s latest products on show at the hill climb. The GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE will give fans a glimpse into the brand’s electrified future. Capable of a purely electric hill climb run using its electric motor, the GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE uses a high-performance battery on its rear axle to deliver ‘always on’ hybrid power to its 843 hp, 1400 Nm V8 powertrain. The ultra-exclusive AMG GT Track Series will also be shown. The most extreme car ever to be released from the workshops of AMG’s Customer Racing division, the GT Track Series draws on AMG’s extensive GT3 and GT4 racing experience and translates that to a pure track day car.

For AMG fans, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will also include a static display featuring some of the most iconic models from the performance luxury brand’s illustrious history as well as a nod to its future. A camouflaged development car of a brand-new AMG product, based entirely on the new C-Class platform with the next step of E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive, will be available to view by the public at the AMG stand.

VISION EQXX – record-breaking electric research vehicle on pilgrimage to Goodwood

Fresh from its second 1,000 km+ road trip on a single battery charge, the most efficient Mercedes ever built visits Goodwood to pay homage to its motorsports roots by taking a run up the famous hill. Before making the pilgrimage to the Festival of Speed, the all-electric VISION EQXX had travelled 1,202 kilometres from Stuttgart to the home of British motor racing in Silverstone and onwards to Brixworth, the HQ of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains.

Throughout the road trip, the VISION EQXX took advantage of its innovative thermal management system to achieve an average consumption of 8.3 kWh/100 km in the face of heavy traffic and summer temperatures. Waiting in Silverstone to greet it were the Formula 1 and Formula E experts who helped develop its advanced, highly efficient drivetrain as well as special guest driver Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman, who races for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team, drove surely his most efficient laps ever in a road car on the track at Silverstone before the VISION EQXX set off on the final leg to Brixworth.

Developed from scratch to road-going vehicle in less than two years, the VISION EQXX achieved a world first in April when it drove 1,008 kilometres from Sindelfingen to Cassis on the French Riviera with energy consumption of 8.7 kWh/100 km and a remaining range on arrival around 140 kilometres. While efficiency features such as the slippery drag coefficient of 0.17, low-rolling-resistance tyres and solar panels on the roof may not be put to the test on the VISION EQXX’s short drive up the hill at Goodwood, these and many other of its efficiency innovations have already proven their worth twice over long distances on public roads.

Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022

Mercedes-Benz Classic makes it possible to experience the company’s unique brand and product history dating back to the invention of the automobile in 1886. The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the entire history of automotive sportiness in a very special atmosphere. In its long history Mercedes-Benz has therein repeatedly set standards.

This year, the heritage branch of the brand is presenting outstanding vehicles that also reflect the thematic range of this exclusive event from sporty luxury to successful racing. Exemplary for the first category is a 300 SL Roadster (W 198), on display for the 70th anniversary of the SL sports cars together with the Mercedes-AMG SL of the 232 model series.

Also to be experienced at AMG is a CL 55 AMG “F1 Limited Edition” – a luxurious high-performance coupé from a particularly exclusive small series. Mercedes-Benz Classic is commemorating the brilliant motorsport successes under the sign of the star at the Festival of Speed in the “Main Paddock” with four motorsport icons: in addition to the 300 SLR racing sports car “704” (W 196 S), the brand is bringing to Goodwood a Sauber-Mercedes C9 Group C racing sports car, a DTM 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution racing touring car (W 201) and a newly recreated, especially sporty 450 SL (R 107).

With the classic cars on display Mercedes-Benz Classic underlines the importance of the company’s heritage: Being an integrative part of the brand and the group, strengthening the future by underlining its innovation‑driven origins. The Festival of Speed is a trend-setting lighthouse event that celebrates the past and the future of mobility and offers an excellent platform for exchange with this diversified scene.

[1] The figures for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. Confirmed values from the technical service or an EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official values are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.
[2] The figures shown are the WLTP CO2 figures measured according to Article 2 No 3 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures. The electricity consumption was determined on the basis of Regulation 2017/1151/EU.

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