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. 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.

  2. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:04

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

  3. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:05

    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!

  4. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:23

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

  5. SamF1 (@reaneyf1) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:26

    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

  6. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:31

    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.

  7. Bill (@billza71) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:37

    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….!

    • jodrell (@jodrell) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:41

      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 :-)

  8. azrul azim (@azrul202) said on 23rd January 2014, 10:40

    you haven’t see alien yet.

  9. joshj81 said on 23rd January 2014, 10:44

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

  10. WimBR said on 23rd January 2014, 11:03

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

  11. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 23rd January 2014, 11:08

    I wonder if they are after sponsorship from Durex . . .

  12. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 23rd January 2014, 11:08

    I actually quite like that, I think from the front at least it isn’t bad.

  13. Just to draw attention away from the anteater nose for a sec – the front wing support struts look much thinner than on the 2013 car. Could this be for marginal weight savings due to the stricter weight limit? It looks like it would be more vulnerable to accident damage.

  14. chrisdavman said on 23rd January 2014, 11:20

    Nice to see that the FIA have failed to close off the exhaust blowing opportunities again. There appears to be some sort of rear winglet on the rear crash structure, behind the exhaust. So some (albeit minimal) form of exhaust blowing is still possible.

  15. Kemisola said on 23rd January 2014, 11:31

    Can someone please explain to me the obsession with how “pretty” the cars look? I was under the impression that speed, handling, efficiency and reliability were far more important, particularly in a race car, but these things seem far less discussed than the shape of the “nose”!

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