Mercedes W01 debuts

The new Mercedes W01 has appeared for the first time as test for the 2010 F1 season begins at Valencia.

Here is the first picture of the W01 which will be driven by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in 2010:

The first photo indicates the W01 has a high nose similar to that seen on last year’s Red Bull as well as the Ferrari F10.

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108 comments on Mercedes W01 debuts

  1. Oliver said on 1st February 2010, 23:03

    This is like the 95/96 with all over again, with virtually all the cars having a high nose.

  2. Icthyes said on 2nd February 2010, 1:12

    Looks alright, nothing special in my view, but just to see that red helmet peering out of that silver…MSC’s return hasn’t even really sunk in yet.

  3. We want turbos said on 2nd February 2010, 6:59

    ** LIGHTBLUB MOMENT, the two air intakes at the side of the engine cover… could the be fed into fans which in turn via the “holes” in the underside of the car that made the bgp001 car’s diffuser so good, feed turbocharged air directly into the difuser creating mass downforce for little or drag. A massive advantage especially in slow speed corners for example at Monaco???? I know it’s a big IF and maybe but if anyone would think of it it would be mr design rule bender himself?

  4. We want turbos said on 2nd February 2010, 6:59

    ** LIGHTBLUB MOMENT, the two air intakes at the side of the engine cover… could the be fed into fans which in turn via the “holes” in the underside of the car that made the bgp001 car’s diffuser so good, feed turbocharged air directly into the difuser creating mass downforce for little drag. A massive advantage especially in slow speed corners for example at Monaco???? I know it’s a big IF and maybe but if anyone would think of it it would be mr design rule bender himself?

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 7:51

      Okay, do you even know how a turbocharger works? Simply putting air into an engine does not make it turbocharged. A turbocharger cools and then forces air into an engine by pressurising it. This is done by way of a turbine, which is driven by the exhaust gases. Carving two holes into an engine cowling isn’t going to do anything to “turbo charge” an engine. It isn’t going to do anything except allow air into the engine bay to cool it.

      And what’s this about feeding turbocharged air into a diffuser? That doesn’t happen. The air is collected in a turbne and pressurised, then forced into the engine with the fuel and ignited. It then escapes via the exhaust, unpressurised. Putting pressurised air into a diffuser isn’t going to do anything to improve a car’s pace – if anything, it’s just going to create a weird wake.

      Even if Ross Brawn found some way to get a turbocharger into the car, it would be found out and banned for sure. The teams have to submit their design specifications to the FIA for homologation in order to be able to compete.

      • We want turbos said on 2nd February 2010, 15:05

        I was not talking about turbocharging the air into the engine!! Read again…. I ment to increase the airflow to the difuser by forcefeeding it through the holes in the bottom of the car, suggestion prior to ridiculing stop a actually read their comments!! and for your information yes I do know how a turbocharger works and I also know they are banned!!

        • We want turbos said on 2nd February 2010, 15:12

          Also 1 thing to mention a desktop fan turbocharges air to cool you, so a fan that increases airflow would turbocharge the air, NOT into the engine (although I wish they would fetch them back). It is unlikely that may suggestion where to be true but not unfeasable.

        • Prisoner Monkeys said on 2nd February 2010, 20:58

          Well, forcing air into the diffuser isn’t going to do anything.

          • We want turbos said on 3rd February 2010, 0:18

            ??? Forcing air through the difuser will generate downforce without any extra drag! I’m 99% sure it’s not there for that, but can’t see a reason why it wouldn’t work.

  5. F1 commentor said on 4th February 2010, 8:29

    the car loooook very fantastic green & silver colour make it beautifullllll

  6. welcome back schumacher you will win this season and car looking very nice having red bull type nose

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