Mercedes-Benz partners with Williams F1 TeamJune 26, 2013
Mercedes-Benz has made an exciting announcement – it will enter a long-term engine partnership with the Williams F1 Team. The dynamic partnership will begin at the 2014 Formula One World Championship season, and will continue for many prolific years afterwards.
The agreement will be hugely beneficial to Williams. The team will be able to utilise a Mercedes-Benz Power Unit, consisting of an internal combustion engine and an energy recovery system, to help it to meet its targets. The Power Unit will be supplied by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP), and Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmissions.
F1 21014 regualtions
The timing for the new partnership is of vital importance, because the F1 2014 regulations mean that motorsports engineers will have to produce vehicles that can complete 300km on just 100kg of fuel. This ambitious challenge will be achieved by switching 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre V6 units, which will then require a further 30 percent boost to energy efficiency.
Williams hopes that the energy recovery system supplied by Mercedes-Benz will help it achieve these aims. And, given the manufacturer’s reputation for forward-thinking, energy efficient technology, it certainly looks like Mercedes-Benz is the right choice.
Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP, said: “It is a very proud moment for everybody at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to announce the start of this new partnership with the Williams F1 Team. Williams is one of the sport’s iconic names and we are very excited to be working together towards a successful future under the new regulations.”
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