Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport launches W08 EQ Power+
The new car was launched to the team’s fans from the Silverstone garages via a live 360-degree broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and the Team’s official website. The Launch was held as part of the team’s official 100 km Filming Day. The F1 W08 EQ Power+ completed its first laps on Silverstone’s 2.96 km International Circuit, in the hands of both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
The all-new F1 W08 EQ Power+ has been designed to maximize the performance opportunities offered by radically different aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 season which will probably see the new cars become the quickest in the history of the sport – while leaving sufficient scope for an in-season development rate expected to be among the fastest ever in Formula One.
The M08 EQ Power+ is the fourth iteration of the Turbo Hybrid generation of Power Units and has been conceived to withstand significantly increased physical loads and a more severe duty cycle under the new rules, while also maximizing potential performance developments.
Upon unveiling the new car, Toto Wolff commented:
“The new rules for 2017 were designed to make the fastest F1 cars ever through a big increase in aerodynamic performance. They should be more physical to drive and hopefully more spectacular for the fans to watch. The proof will come in the opening races but we have probably achieved that target.
“Of course, in terms of relative performance, it’s clear that any rule change brings with it a big reset but also a big opportunity. This is the time to stay humble and keep our feet on the ground. None of the teams has raced under these rules and we all have the same points right now: zero.
“But the dominant feeling in the team right now is one of excitement – the factory is buzzing with anticipation. It has been a really motivating challenge to develop a brand-new car concept and I have never seen our determination to succeed higher than it is right now.
“Of course, we had a curve ball from Nico late last year that left us scrambling a little bit in the winter. But we found a great solution with Valtteri and I am sure that he will form a strong partnership with Lewis. They have both been working hard in the factory with the technical teams and, although we have a different dynamic to manage than in recent seasons, I don’t expect the competition between them to be less intense. And that’s how we like it.
“This year, in-season development will play a big role in determining the championship outcome. None of us know where we will stand at the first race but I am confident that, whatever that position is, we have the people and the capability to deal with every challenge that comes our way. This will be the season where our full works team can show its true strength.”
What’s in a name?
Today’s launch is not just the premiere of a new car – it also marks the global debut of a new technology label throughout the model range of Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz.
At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new product brand for electric mobility: EQ. The name EQ stands for “Electric Intelligence” and is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of “Emotion and Intelligence”. EQ aims to make electric mobility simple, comfortable, safe and accessible for everybody.
From the forthcoming facelift of the S-Class, all future Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Hybrids will carry the designation “EQ Power”. And the launch of the F1 W08 EQ Power+ makes the new F1 car the first Mercedes-AMG Hybrid to receive the “EQ Power+” designation, which will be used on all future Mercedes-AMG performance hybrids.
The new model designation has been translated graphically into the livery of the new W08, with an electric blue visual representation of the airflow across the car running from the front wing to trailing edge of the sidepods. This distinctive signature derives from the electro-look of the Concept EQ unveiled last year.
A complementary, competitive driver pairing
One of the most significant changes for the new season sees Valtteri Bottas become just the fourth Silver Arrows driver of the modern era in 2017. Next to him in the garage will be three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who comes to the new season refreshed and reinvigorated.
“It’s been a fantastic winter and an exciting training season for me,” explained Lewis of his preparations for the increased physical demands of 2017.
“I’ve added a new element to my training regime that has kept it really enjoyable and I’m in great shape. Then I’ve visited the factory and that has been super encouraging to see the way in which everybody is working.
“After all the success we have had, people could be sitting back and resting on their achievements. So it’s inspiring to see how everybody is pushing even harder than ever and taking nothing for granted at all.
“This is the most exciting period of the year when the car comes together – and my privilege as a driver is then to get to feel what it’s like and what all the team has worked for.
“There’s not too much point setting goals until we’ve really driven the car, so I’m going to go with the flow until we understand the possibilities.
“I’m feeling in a positive place with the team – we talked about a lot of stuff over the winter, I was able to get some things off my chest and now we are communicating better than ever and continuing to grow together.
“I’m the best equipped I have ever been to work with my team-mate and manage the relationship with my experience and maturity.
“I welcome Valtteri to the team and I know that the team will be giving us both everything they can to win the championship.”
New arrival Valtteri Bottas is equally excited at the prospect of the new season:
“It’s a new chapter in my career, a new team, new regulations… new everything!
“I’ve been waiting for a long time to get this car out on track and, although this is just a Filming Day, I’m looking forward to starting to test properly next week in Barcelona and to really understand the car that we’ve been given by everybody in Brixworth and Brackley.
“It has been a busy winter for me since signing with Mercedes and we have tried to make the most of the time we have had.
“We’ve been going day by day, making the most of each one, spending a lot of time in Brackley and going through as much stuff as possible with the engineers.
“I feel well prepared in such a short time but, of course, the learning curve is still steep and I’m getting more useful information every day. It’s up to us to make the most out of the time together.
“In terms of my physical preparation, I think I have done the most amount of training of any winter so far. I have done some good training camps and feel in the best shape I’ve ever been, definitely ready for the season ahead.
“Right now, it’s a very exciting feeling for me. I want to say a big thank you to everyone in our factories for getting this car ready to go. It’s been a massive effort and I’ve got a lot of respect for the shape we are in at the moment.
“But it’s only the first step – and this is where the work really begins.”
A brand new technical challenge
In Formula One, major regulation changes have usually been designed to limit performance and provide the technical teams with new constraints to work within. The new rules for 2017 opened up a new and exciting challenge – the freedom to explore a more generous set of regulations, coupled with the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where targets should be set, or what will represent a good result.
If last year’s W07 was all about refinement and elaborate, detailed evolution, the W08 project has gone back to first principles. With the car having to be designed before running the definitive 2017 tyres, and in some parts before the regulations had even been finalized, it was important to arrive quickly at a sound base architecture, while following a flexible, adaptable philosophy to allow scope for major developments during the season. With this in mind, only 17% of the components in W08 have been carried over from its predecessor, with the team’s main focus lying on optimizing the car within the new aerodynamic regulations.
This is also the first major regulation change to occur under the Aerodynamic Testing Regulations (ATR), which limit every team to the same maximum amount of wind tunnel testing – 65 runs per week. Given the extent of the regulation changes, the first W08 concept ran in the team’s 60% Brackley wind tunnel before the first race of last season and has completed over 2,000 runs during its development so far.
In addition to the new shapes of front and rear wing, the biggest areas of aerodynamic opportunity are the floor and the barge board area in front of the sidepods, which have been the focus of significant work. And while the performance opportunity has been significant, the design teams have also worked to improve the W08 structurally in order to withstand the substantial increases in aerodynamic and mechanical loads.
The Power Unit, christened M08, has also been comprehensively redesigned for the new season. Although the previous token system did not constrain power unit development since 2014, its abolition allows the technical group more freedom for engineering solutions.
As ever, much focus has been on the primary energy conversion opportunity – the combustion process – but there are also many opportunities for gains further downstream, including within the engine ancillaries. The new aerodynamic regulations have had a significant impact on the configuration of the engine which, as a structural component of the car, must cope with significantly greater physical loads. To maintain its structural properties, the engine is therefore slightly heavier than its predecessor.
In addition to this comes an increased duty cycle, with the cars expected to spend approximately 10% more of every lap at full throttle – a change that is reflected in a 5% increase in race fuel allowance for the new season. M08 has also been designed for increased durability, with only four Power Units per driver per season permitted by regulation in 2017.
The W08 EQ Power+ will begin its testing program in Barcelona on Monday 27 February.
In order to maximize potential mileage across the fortnight of testing, the drivers will complete half-day sessions in the car as per the team’s practice in 2016.
Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ Technical Specification
Monocoque – Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Bodywork – Carbon fibre composite including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing
Cockpit – Removable driver’s seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, OMP six-point driver safety harness, HANS system
Safety Structures – Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact-resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures
Front Suspension – Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
Rear Suspension – Carbon fibre wishbone and pullrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
Wheels – OZ forged magnesium
Tyres – Pirelli
Brake System – Carbone Industrie Carbon / Carbon discs and pads with rear brake-by-wire
Brake Calipers – Brembo
Steering – Power-assisted rack and pinion
Steering Wheel – Carbon fibre construction
Electronics – FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Instrumentation – McLaren Electronic Systems (MES)
Fuel System – ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Lubricants & Fluids – PETRONAS Tutela
Gearbox – Eight speed forward, one reverse unit with carbon fibre main case
Gear Selection – Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch – Carbon plate
Overall Length – Over 5000mm
Overall Width – 2000mm
Overall Height – 950mm
Overall Weight – 728kg
Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+ Technical Specification
Power Unit Specification
Type – Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
Minimum Weight – 145 kg
Power Unit Perimeter – Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)
Energy Store (ES)
Control Electronics (CE)
Power Unit Allocation – Four Power Units per driver per season
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Capacity – 1.6 litres
Cylinders – Six
Bank Angle – 90
No of Valves – 24
Max rpm ICE – 15,000 rpm
Max Fuel Flow Rate – 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel Injection – High-pressure direct injection (max 500 bar, one injector/cylinder)
Pressure Charging – Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine on a common shaft
Max rpm Exhaust Turbine – 125,000 rpm
Energy Recovery System (ERS)
Architecture – Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via electrical Motor Generator Units
Energy Store – Lithium-Ion battery solution of minimum 20 kg regulation weight
Max energy storage/lap – 4 MJ
Max rpm MGU-K – 50,000 rpm
Max power MGU-K – 120 kW (161 hp)
Max energy recovery/lap MGU-K – 2 MJ
Max energy deployment/lap MGU-K – 4 MJ (33.3 s at full power)
Max rpm MGU-H – 125,000 rpm
Max power MGU-H – Unlimited
Max energy recovery/lap MGU-H – Unlimited
Max energy deployment/lap MGU-H – Unlimited
Fuel & Lubricants
Fuel – PETRONAS Primax
Lubricants – PETRONAS Syntium
Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda renew contracts with Mercedes to end 2020
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has announced that Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda have signed new contracts which will keep them with the World Champion team until the end of 2020.
This date aligns with the expiration of the current Commercial Agreement with Formula One Management.
Niki Lauda began working with Mercedes in late 2012. Since 2013, he has held the role of Non- Executive Chairman of the board of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and holds a 10% stake in the Team.
Toto Wolff joined Mercedes from Williams in February 2013. As a 30% shareholder in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and an Executive Director, he has worked since that time as the Team’s managing partner, responsible for day-to-day operations alongside his wider responsibilities as Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
The shareholding arrangements remain unchanged, with Daimler AG retaining a 60% majority stake in the Team.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman and CEO of Daimler AG, commented:
“It’s great news that Toto and Niki have extended their agreements. In 2013, we restructured the management of the Team with the clear goal of improving our performance. Since then, however, the results have exceeded our expectations. A key factor in this success has been the combination of Toto’s entrepreneurial skills and Niki’s experience. Their renewed commitment gives our program important continuity for the next four years.”
Niki Lauda commented:
“The last few years have been some of the most enjoyable I have had in Formula One. Toto and I formed a perfect partnership at Mercedes and we have a great team on every level that has delivered results. I must thank Dieter and the other members of the board of Daimler AG for renewing their confidence in us.”
Toto Wolff concluded:
“Winning is never down to single individuals – it is about the right group of people coming together, aligning themselves with a common objective and then combining their talents to achieve that target. Each day I come to the factory, I am humbled to have the privilege of representing this inspiring group of people.”
James Allison to join Mercedes as Technical Director
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has also announced that James Allison will join the team from 1 March 2017.
James is a highly-distinguished Formula 1 engineer who has won world championships with both Ferrari and Renault, in addition to holding senior leadership roles in both teams.
He will join Mercedes in the newly created role of Technical Director and will lead the Technical organization.
He will be welcomed warmly by the established group of senior technical managers that delivered the last three Formula One double world championships.
James Allison will report directly to Toto Wolff, who will have overall responsibility for running the team.
Commenting on his imminent arrival at Mercedes, James Allison said:
“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport. It’s a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Toto Wolff concluded:
“I am delighted to welcome James to Mercedes and very much looking forward to working with him. Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row. It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role. James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”