Williams FW36, front, 2014

First image of Williams FW36 reveals ‘anteater’ nose

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams FW36 render, front three-quarter, 2014

Williams have become the second team to reveal the look of their 2014 F1 car – and the first to show off the design of the widely-debated 2014 noses.

The FW36 features the strikingly narrow, tapered nose which is expected to feature on many of this year’s cars due to the framing of the new regulations.

It is the first Williams to be powered by a Mercedes engine, and chief technical officer Pat Symonds said he was pleased with their collaboration so far.

Williams FW36 and FW35 compared“This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we’ve been very impressed,” he said. “Their professionalism and commitment have been notable and we’re as confident as we can be that the power unit will be competitive.”

Aside from the striking nose design, which is expected to feature on most cars this year, the car features enlarged air intakes to cool the sophisticated new engines and energy recovery systems.

“Overall the cars will need more cooling this year,” Symonds explained. “The demands on water and oil cooling may be slightly diminished, but the [Energy Recovery System] is significantly more powerful and hence needs more cooling. We also have to cool the charge air from the turbocharger compressor which requires a substantial intercooler.”

“There’s a lot more technology on the cars this year,” he added. “We’ve had turbo-charged engines in F1 before; what’s different this time is that it is much more than just an engine change, it is a completely different system.”

“We’ve gone from a slightly hybridised normally aspirated engine to a fully integrated hybrid power unit with novel technology at its heart.”

Symonds said production of the car went according to plan. “But it’s been a challenge to get the car down to the weight limit.”

“It’s been achievable, but it hasn’t been easy because the new power unit is heavier than the outgoing V8.”

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185 comments on “First image of Williams FW36 reveals ‘anteater’ nose”

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  1. This is just beyond ridiculous.

    A more serious remark: nice to see that the car is still extremely slim around the gearbox area.

    1. new logo for williams?

  2. These front wings are still to complex. The working group should have aimed for a simpler design like the 1993/94 cars.

    1. Thats just a placeholder in my view. The front wings will be radically different after the first test I’d imagine. Plus they arent going to be giving away true front wing designs.

  3. Beats the F2012.
    The noses don’t look so bad yet, they’ll look different when we see the car in testing and even more when they come out in Australia.

  4. There is a simple lesson here. The FIA needs to STOP designing F1 cars. These ugly monstrosities would not exist if the FIA stopped interfering in car design and left it to the professionals. Do you think it looks a bit like Jean Todt or Alain Prost?

    1. @lotus49 – The lesson here is to run the rules past the the teams first! They have all been saying for ages that the cars will be very ugly because of this rule. The rule could have been tweaked to stop this from happening a long time ago and it wouldn’t have caused any issues.

      Instead, they brought the rules out, the teams said the cars would be ugly and nothing was done about it.

      Not we have a set of cars that all look like they are sporting a semi.

  5. I like the low nose in general but the tip is … urgh, I hope one team comes up with a good looking and brilliant solution that everyone copies, but I fear I must just get used to this. Maybe think of it as a sort of a bumper? Safer collisions were the reasoning behind this rule after all.

  6. I will just go out on a whim and say what everybody’s thinking: The car has a penis. It is a manly car. Because of the penis.

  7. Geoff the anteater
    23rd January 2014, 9:47

    I’m not having that.

  8. David Tyrrell
    23rd January 2014, 9:50

    Good job they didn’t add any circular aero aides at the sides of the new nose.

    1. No-but there is a huge circular exhaust pipe at the rear ! lol

  9. I’m about to puke…

  10. Have any cash-strapped F1 teams investigated the possibility of becoming suppliers to the snow plough industry?

  11. Who is the nutter, or perhaps committee of nutters at FIA that keeps coming up with all these idiotic design regulations since 2009. Obviously someone else made the regulations say between 2004 – 2008. It’s getting increasingly embarrasing.

  12. Williams-Mercedes just doesn’t have that ring to it…

  13. In all honesty I expected worse… Having said that, I still do expect worse as this is only a CAD drawing at an early stage. They’re not going to test it and make it better looking!

  14. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    23rd January 2014, 10:23

    Ehh not great, but we’ll get used to it.

  15. That has to be no doubt the worst nose in F1 History whats wrong with just dipping the nose. The end peice of the nose just ruins the whole car look its so ugly and horrible

    1. “whats wrong with just dipping the nose”

      Aerodynamics… Simple.

  16. A good looking reneder.. Obviously, I’ll reserve full judgement until we see it in race trim.. I expect many changes to come over the next 2 months.

    1. .. Render*

  17. Williams have always in recent years had a weird nose, remember the really ugly Whale Nose….! I hope this is not the trend for the other teams to follow. F1 circus comes to town, featuring anteaters, dolphins and maybe a platypus….!

    1. you mean the Whale/Walrus nose that they had huge problems getting through crash testing and dropped halfway through the season? I kinda liked that one, possibly because it was a bit different.

      If the current aim is to have a low end to the noses to avoid cars climbing over each other but the teams want good airflow under the car/nose then surely the Walrus nose is a much better solution than the Anteater?

      btw, Platupus, Walrus, Whale & Anteater…what doesn’t F1 generate cars that look like fast animals?!? #aerodynamics :-)

      1. had to have a dig to check as I thought I might have been thinking of one of the BMW cars but no, it was a Williams . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_FW26

  18. you haven’t see alien yet.

  19. Its a well crafted new handle to help for a faster nose change in the pits.

  20. Do I spy a monkey seat right under/behind the exhaust? I thought those monkey seats weren’t allowed anymore.

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