The Williams F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz announced today that there will be a long-term engine partnership from the 2014 F1 World Championship season. This is necessary to meet the new F1 regulations that will come into effect from next year.
Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will be supplied with a Mercedes-Benz Power Unit (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. The transmission will continue to be Williams’ own unit.
The 2014 regulations present a new challenge to engineers as the cars must complete a 300-km race distance on a fuel load of just 100 kgs. To do so, teams will switch from non-turbocharged 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged hybrid powerplantss. To achieve power outputs comparable to current levels from such new powerplants will require a 30% increase in energy efficiency.
This step forward will be largely achieved through an Energy Recovery System (ERS) that will be able to deploy 10 times more energy than the current KERS. The new ERS will recover energy from both the exhaust turbine and the rear axle, as well as deploying energy back to both.
These new technical developments are expected to offer significantly greater opportunities for technology transfer from F1 to real-world applications in areas such as battery technology, turbocharging, energy recovery and combustion efficiency.
“I’m delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond. Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport’s most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will have an extremely competitive engine package. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Renault for their continued hard work since we renewed our engine partnership at the beginning of the 2012 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in much success over the years, including powering us to winning ways once again last year at the Spanish Grand Prix,” said Williams F1 Team Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams.
Added Andy Cowell, MD of Mercedes AMG HPP: “It is a very proud moment for everybody at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to announce the start of this new partnership with the Williams F1 Team. Williams is one of the sport’s iconic names and we are very excited to be working together towards a successful future under the new regulations. A further positive is that this new agreement provides Mercedes-Benz with the long-term stability of supplying our works team and at least two partners from the 2015 season onwards, following the conclusion of our relationship with McLaren at the end of next season.”
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