First image of Williams FW36 reveals ‘anteater’ nose

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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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188 comments on First image of Williams FW36 reveals ‘anteater’ nose

  1. sato113 (@sato113) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:31

    williams logo redesigned too.
    also I think this isn’t their actual 2014 car shape, rather a generic image to show off the new nose.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:40

      no, its the actual rendering of Williams new car in the development stage it was at in December @sato113.

      Some interesting details like not having support pillars for the rear wing (lets see how that develops) and cooling gills behind the driver too.

  2. A great asset to puncture rival’s tyres!

  3. Imagine if Viagra would sponsor them..

  4. Arijit (@arijitmaniac) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:33

    Sigh!

    If this is what others have done I wont have a proper wallpaper this year :’(

  5. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:34

    It’s OK to have an anteater nose.
    It’s OK to be proud of it.
    But don’t go waving it around in public.
    And for goodness sake, don’t go shoving it down F1 fans’ throats.

  6. andae23 (@andae23) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:35

    This is just beyond ridiculous.

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

  7. zomtec (@zomtec) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:35

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

    • 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.

  8. Fsoud (@udm7) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:36

    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.

  9. Lotus49 (@lotus49) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:41

    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?

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:08

      @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.

  10. Markus (@maxsu) said on 23rd January 2014, 9:45

    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.

  11. eljueta said on 23rd January 2014, 9:45

    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.

  12. Geoff the anteater said on 23rd January 2014, 9:47

    I’m not having that.

  13. David Tyrrell said on 23rd January 2014, 9:50

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

  14. I’m about to puke…

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

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