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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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W01 – rear wing stalling system , A-spec launched at China


              Mercedes GP was the third team to race a  rear wing’s stalling system appart from Mc Laren and Sauber .This is the first interpretation of the Mc Laren ‘s F-duct system without connecting the wing to the engine cover .


          The Mercedes wing’s stalling systems is much simpler than that of the Mc laren’s and Sauber’s and it is feeded with air entering two small inlets on the main plane . On the contrary at Mc Laren and Sauber case the wing is connected to the engine cover’s shark fin and is fed with air from a small tube inside the shark fin .  As the team said , the final and complete version of the system is likely to debut at Catalunya .

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W01 – Bahraini front wing spec


            The W01 at Bahrain featured  many  revisions at  front wing compared to the one used during Winter testing  .The changes that took place are the following :

1.The inner additional winglet’s endplate is now smaller

2.The inner second plane profile has a deep cut . This cut reduces the overall plane surface and the generated downforce

3.A tab is added at the second plane extremities to add downforce and counter face the downforce loss by the reduction of the second plane’s surface .

4.The central zone is now stepped higher than the main profile level

5. The curvy entry channel under the wing profile , at the endplates bottom edge , is slightly enlarged to increase further the  quantity of air passing under the wing

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W01 – Nose cone updates at Bahrain

September 19, 2010 2 comments

1.The nose cone winglets were moved  lower on the nose tip 

2.The side nose spoilers are now absent

3.The nose cone tip hole is now enlarged to improve nose housed electronics .

4.Spoilers are added to improve the airflow towards the radiators

5.Nose fins are added

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