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Mercedes AMG Petronas unveiled its 2013 F1 car

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04 2013_02The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team today unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04. With the technical regulations remaining stable in 2013, ahead of major changes for 2014, the basic vehicle concept of the F1 W04 is a sophisticated evolution of last year’s car. Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012.

The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The F1 W04 also does away with the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small ‘vanity panel’, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. The car completed its final mandatory FIA crash test on 15 January.

F1 W04 Technical Specification

Chassis

  • Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Wishbone and pushrod (front)/pullrod (rear) activated torsion springs and rockers
  • Penske dampers
  • OZ forged magnesium wheels

Brakes

  • Brembo calipers
  • Carbon discs and pads

Engine

  • Mercedes-Benz FO108F
  • 2.4 litres
  • 8 cylinders
  • 32 valves
  • Max 18,000rpm (maximum FIA regulation)

Transmission

  • Seven-speed gearbox with carbon fibre maincase
  • Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
  • Carbon plate clutch

Dimensions

  • Length 4800mm
  • Height 950mm
  • Width 1800mm

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