Mercedes AMG Petronas unveiled the new F1 W05 during the pre-season test in Jerez, Spain. Unlike some of its competitors, the W05 retains a semi-normal looking nose. In terms of pure aesthetics, this makes the Mercedes arguably one of the better looking cars on the grid. “The new car is an elegant but aggressive design and, as is often the way, its beauty is much more than skin deep; the internal engineering of the car is extremely innovative and intelligent,” said Technical Executive Director Paddy Lowe.
Like the rest of the 2014 field, Mercedes’ challenger uses a turbocharged, 1.6-liter V6 as part of a hybrid powertrain. “The 2014 regulations are a game changer for Formula One. In the V8 era, the power potential of the normally aspirated engine was controlled by the flow of air into the engine – and therefore engine capacity and rpm,” said Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. “The fundamental question is now: how can we best convert 100 kilograms of fuel energy into useful mechanical energy? This challenge has pushed us to develop cutting-edge new technologies, both within the Internal Combustion Engine itself and in the ERS (Energy Recovery System) Hybrid system, with the valuable support of our Research and Development colleagues in Stuttgart. These will enable us to develop over 30 percent more power per unit of fuel than we did with the V8 engine.”