World champions Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team revealed today the technical specifications of the F1 W07 Hybrid chassis and the PU106C Hybrid Power Unit.
The team says that its engineers have made “mini revolutions” to adapt to the rule changes for the upcoming F1 season, which is set to feature a record 21 Grands Prix.
Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical), Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team:
“After a highly successful season all round in 2015, our priority has been to identify the areas in which we were weakest and to try to improve on those. Our objective is excellence in all areas and, while we had some fantastic results last year, there are many areas in which we can still be much better. There were a lot of things that needed improving for 2016.
"We are seeking optimisation absolutely everywhere."
Andy Cowell, Managing Director, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains:
“These Power Units really are incredible feats of engineering. We’re now running at more than 47% thermal efficiency and producing historic highs of power - and all with an ICE restricted to consuming fuel at a rate of just 100kg/hr. The old-fashioned, naturally aspirated engines peaked at 29% thermal efficiency during the V8 era - while the last time we saw these levels of power in Formula One was back in 2005, with a V10 that guzzled fuel at a whopping 194kg/hr. To halve the fuel flow rate for the same amount of power is quite something.”