On Friday Mercedes-AMG revealed the Formula One World Championship 2020 racing car.
The car’s full title is the name of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ. That’s what reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will use in his hunt for a seventh F1 championship. Once again his team-mate is Valtteri Bottas.
The regulations haven’t changed much since the last season since 2021 is set to see a big shake-up, so the W11 EQ result is more of a last year’s challenger progression. Yet Mercedes has updated most of the car’s over 10,000 parts. The product is the fastest race car by the automaker to date.
Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ: Performance
One such new component is the power unit. In installing additional radiators. The automaker has been looking to address the issues with overheating in previous seasons. The engineers have focused on making refrigeration more effective in measuring the engine’s higher operating temperatures.
The power unit is still a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 that operates with two engine generators one mounted on the driveline and the other mounted on the turbocharger. The motor can spin up to 15,000 rpm. While the two turbine turbines can spin up to 50,000 rpm (driveline) and 125,000 rpm (turbocharger), respectively.
The new element for the car’s livery is a hint of red. It reflects the sponsorship of British plastics company Ineos, Mercedes ‘ new main F1 team partner.
Red Bull Racing RB16 2020 F1 race car:
The new Mercedes F1 car made its debut on the UK’s Silverstone track. The next stop for the W11 will be the pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, which ends on 19 February. The Australian Grand Prix on March 15 is to be the first race.
This year there will be a whopping 22 rounds including the latest Vietnamese Grand Prix in April and the start of the Dutch Grand Prix in May, and competitors will have more than normal cut their jobs out for them.