Mercedes W02 rendering, 2011

Mercedes W02 rendering revealed

2011 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes W02 rendering, 2011
Mercedes W02 rendering, 2011

Mercedes have published a rendering of their new 2011 F1 car, the W02.

The image shows the team have adopted a wide, flat nose similar to that seen on the Red Bull RB6 last year.

They have reverted to a conventional air intake in place of the radical split airbox used on the W01 from the Spanish Grand Prix last year.

But as with many of the car launches expect the car’s aerodynamic package to be revised before the first race of the year in Bahrain.

The image first appeared on the website of German newspaper Bild.

The W02 is due to be run for the first time on Tuesday at Valencia.

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  1. I wish they used the old air box from last year as well, it truly looked innovative. However, I believe they outlawed “blade type” rollover hoops in the regs this year.

    1. Indeed they did, because they thought if the car flipped it might cut into soft ground.

      1. Interesting that Lotus did use something like that solution. I do agree it would be great if they had retained it in some form, it looked very distinctive.

  2. It also seems they abandoned the single keel design of W01.

  3. Something about it reminds be of a Benetton. 1994/95? Or a Ligier/Prost.

    1. It also looks like a 2008 McLaren.

      1. especially around the sidepod openings, I agree, and in that respect this new livery doesn’t really help make it look different.

        The nose is of course very different though.

    2. Probably the airbox. That squat triangular shape does look like the one on the B195.

  4. I think it’ll look like last year unraced Toyota.

  5. It looks like the silver suffer throwing a platypus. But I’m warming to it.

  6. The nose and Petronas brings back memories of BMW in 2009 tbh.

  7. Personally I find it a bit dull… there’s no small tweaks to really manipulate the airflow anywhere.

    The smooth lines are nice and the colour adds to it, but after admiring the Ferrari for a bit… I just find it a bit plain.

    then again the ’09 Braun was simple, but effective.

  8. No awesome airbox ;_;

    Well, there still could be hope… Trying to throw us off with the early rendering?

    I just hope that they are… *crosses fingers*

  9. Silver Greenish does look good, the question remains will it be able to fight on track?

  10. Tbh, I don’t have high hopes for this car NOW. They have to make up too much ground compared to the other 3 big teams. Hope I’m wrong cos I want Michael to do better this season.

  11. I like it. Nose from the RB6 and the sidepods from the F10, and it all works wonderfully. Well, aesthetically speakling. Let’s hope she’s fast and will bolster Schumi’s and Rosberg’s title chances.

  12. I don’t know hot Team Lotus has used the blade structure for their airbox but Mercedes has not?! If it’s illegal, it’s illegal for everyone not for Mercedes.

    1. I don’t know how Team Lotus has used the blade structure for their airbox but Mercedes has not?! If it’s illegal, it’s illegal for everyone not for Mercedes.

  13. What on earth is with those massive radiator intakes?

    Can’t tell anything from this picture, 2011 will be all about the back end

  14. DoughnutSmoke (@)
    31st January 2011, 8:17

    I like it but i’m stumped on the split air box being banned comment as the Lotus T128 clearly has the split air box concept on their 2011 challenger So is it or is it not banned.

  15. Apparently it is, but it isn’t DoughnutSmoke. The new rules mandated a minimum width for the rollover bar in the airbox, and by beefing up Mercedes application to a larger size, Lotus has been able to sneak one in.

  16. Any who read the forum thread on 2011 car designs will know my irrational love of how this car looks. I think it’s beautiful.

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