Mercedes-AMG is the newest Method 1 group to disclose its automobile for
the 2018 World Championship: the W09 EQ Energy+.
The automobile is an evolution of final 12 months’s
W08 EQ Energy+ that star driver Lewis Hamilton drove to a
fourth title. He is odds-on favourite to win this 12 months, too, as
the W09 is predicted to be even sooner. Mercedes is asking it
the quickest grand prix automobile within the automaker’s historical past.
Its reveal befell on the Silverstone Circuit, near
the place the group is predicated, and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri
Bottas was the primary to take it for a spin.
After final season’s dramatic modifications, the laws have been
largely steady for the 2018 season. Probably the most important change
has been the introduction of the Halo cockpit safety system
and the ban of each the T-wing and fin mounted atop the engine
cowl. Additionally gone is the crash wing, higher generally known as the monkey
seat, which used to sit down beneath the rear wing. One other change
particular to Mercedes’ automobile is a barely elevated rake angle.
The design of the ability unit can be largely the identical as final
season, that means a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 working with two
motor-generators—one mounted on the driveline and the opposite
built-in with the turbocharger. Nevertheless, per the brand new
laws, groups will solely be allowed to alter the inner
combustion part 3 times within the season as an alternative of 4.
It means every of the turbocharged V-6s should cope with a
40 p.c improve in mileage, thus engineers have centered on
making the engines extra sturdy.
Groups now head to the Circuit de Catalunya close to Barcelona,
Spain, for the beginning of the winter exams on February 26. The
first race of the brand new season is the Australian Grand Prix on