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Mercedes W01 – Bahraini engine cover details


The W01 engine cover is mainly consisted of 4 different parts , the upper one with the pointed extension ( I prefer to call this extension humpback fin marked with No1 )   , the double side parts ( No 2 ) , the exhaust covers at both sides  ( No3  , to permit mechanics access the exhaust zone easily) and the black colored gearbox covers ( No 4 ) . At cockpit sides there are two removable covers that can be easily replaced with vented ones to aid cooling in hot conditions  . To construct a complete W01 engine cover mechanics have to combine 8 parts in total .




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Mercedes W01 – New Sidepod panels since Spain



      The new major Spanish aero package included also new sidepod panels (the third version since the launch of the W01 ) to increase the volume of air passing inside the zone formed by the panel and the sidepod surface in a way to change aero distribution towards the rear .

  since Spain

         Those new  panels were retained till the end of the season .

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Mercedes W01 – New floor splitter since Spain

   Old spec

    Part of the new major update package launched at Spain was also a new floor splitter . The longer wheelbase made the team to change the car’s weight distribution and to remove some of the ballast housed inside the splitter .As a consequence the splitter was lowered in height and became more efficient aerodynamically  with a smaller frontal section  as it had to house much less ballast . Finally the side vented sections were also rejected  .

 New spec since Spain

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Mercedes W01 – Updated floor splitter at Bahrain

November 28, 2010 3 comments

  Early Winter pre session testing


    W01’s   initially featured a  large and boxy floor splitter  with  wavy sides to guide airflow more efficiently under the car  . The oversized Mercedes splitter , compared to other teams much smaller design , was the result of the team’s decision to house a really large amount of ballast inside it  . During  late winter testing and at the first 2010  race at Sakhir , the W01 had an updated splitter with additional holed side sections to improve further the aero efficiency of the car’s underbody  .



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Mercedes GP W01 – New sidepod panels at Bahrain


      The Mercedes W01 car had been launched featuring 2009 BGP001 panels design and it was obvious that a new panel would show up soon before the first 2010 race and so it did happen .


     The new panel  which was also tried during late winter tests has a more boxy profile with the intense rear  cut to be vanished     .  Another major difference was the addition of an extra winglet extending towards the inner zone to smoothen the air circulation between the panel and the sidepod surface . Lastly the lower panel section is inclined in a more intense way towards the inner to alter airflow around the sidepod bottoms , a change triggered by the introduction of a new diffuser  at Sakhir also .

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Mercedes W01 – Steering wheel explanation by Rosberg

October 24, 2010 1 comment

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W01 – car specifications


Construction: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension: Wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers
Damper: Sachs
Wheels: BBS forged magnesium
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
Brakes: Brembo calipers
Brake: discs/pads Carbon/Carbon
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Steering wheel: carbon fibre construction

Electronics: FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Gearbox: Seven speed unit with carbon composite maincase
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch: Carbon plate

Overall length: 4800mm
Overall height: 950mm
Overall width: 1800mm


Type: Mercedes-Benz FO 108X
Capacity: 2.4 litres
Cylinders: 8
Maximum rpm: 18,000 (maximum FIA regulation)
Bank angle: 90°
Piston bore: 98mm (maximum FIA regulation)
No of valves: 32
Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

Source: Mercedes GP Petronas

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