Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014

Mercedes W05: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014

The Mercedes W05 has broken cover – here are the first pictures of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s car for 2014.

Executive director of business Toto Wolff said car and its new V6 turbo engine was “the result of several years of intense effort”.

“But we know that the adventure has only just begun. We have a busy winter testing period ahead of us and a long season where both performance and reliability will be critically important.”

Paddy Lowe, the team’s executive director of technical, said the new engines represent “the biggest change in packaging in Formula One for many years”.

“There is a lot more equipment to cool: more hybrid systems plus the intercooler for the charge air from the turbocharger. That has both a packaging and an aerodynamic dimension.”

“With the introduction of a turbocharger, managing the heat around the exhaust system is important for both car integrity and also for performance,” he added. “If losses can be minimised in the primaries between the engine block and turbo, that is energy that can be recovered and used for car performance.”

Weight is also a significant concern, as Lowe explained. “Although the minimum weight has been raised to 691kg, it is far more difficult to achieve than last year’s target because of the extra equipment in the power unit and its associated systems, plus the cooling demand and the new, heavier side impact structures prescribed by the FIA.”

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78 comments on “Mercedes W05: First pictures”

  1. At last a 2014 car that looks good! The packaging of the sidepods and the rear of the car look amazing in a few head on shots doing the rounds. Can’t wait for more images of the car.

  2. There is so much hype on this car. The teaser images released over the weekend just added to the hype that has been building over the last few years in anticipation of the 2014 revolutionary project that Mercedes have been working towards.

    Will this be the car to beat the Bulls? That’s the exciting question going into 2014. All I know is that it will be a huge underwhelming disappointment if it doesn’t at least run them close.

    Whatever it and it’s drivers achieve over the season, they will be doing it in style, the first real looker of 2014!

      1. Well, I hear you, but at the same time I think the real advantage for Merc is their engine/chassis marriage…ie. not just engine. I’m sure the engine will be great but I’m sure Ferrari’s and Renault’s will be too, but Merc and Ferrari should have an overall advantage out of the box in terms of overall package. As to being in deep water if the Merc engine does not satisfy the hype? Not so sure about that. It’s a work in progress that carries no guarantees, and any time I hear someone imply ‘heads will roll’ if such and such doesn’t happen, that is also usually hype. I’m sure all the teams will have issues, and as professionals they will take them up as challenges.

        1. Well, I don’t believe in the “heads must roll” policy but looks like Merc do considering they removed Brawn after a great year . Don’t count out RBR and Renault for engine-chassis marriage yet. Renault are an integral part of RBR and I bet they would have modelled their chassis for specifically suiting RBR . But yeah , if there is a total surprise , imagine if Caterham goes quickest . LOL , we would be facepalming ourselves .Unlikely scenario though .

  3. So its 2 on 2 for works team (ala Ferrari and Mercedes) deciding against the anteater nose and having a decent nose. Seems like works engine teams have different aero philosophy than there customer engine teams. Will Red Bull also go with this type of nose ? Hoping for it…

    1. I don’t see how the Ferrari has a “decent” nose and, say, the Sauber doesn’t. The Ferrari looks just plain hideous to me, the ugliest of them all rivaled by STR only.

      1. Decent in comparison with others. For me Mercedes is the best looking car out there with Ferrari, Red Bull, Sauber, Mclaren following up in that order. I would any day love these letter box type nose instead of those anteater nose :)

  4. Wow.

    Hope it’s fast and reliable. Lewis and Nico deserve a shot.

    I found it a bit “naked”, couldn’t they find more sponsors? Where are the numbers? I was hoping to see large visible number on the cars but…

  5. To be fair, aesthetically the best car yet.

    It will be interesting to see who is right when it comes to nose design. We could see all of the cars sporting a nose like Mercedes’ within a few weeks. Alternatively, they could all end up with a “strap on” like the Force India.

  6. It’s the least ridiculous one so far. Still a bit awkward with the wide nose, like the Brawn was, and it looks like they found some left-over bunny ears in an old Honda box.

    I hope these two are up the front so you can’t see the noses of all the other cars.

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