The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team unveiled its 2015 Formula One World Championship challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg revealed the seventh Silver Arrow to compete in the Formula One World Championship to the assembled media, with Nico then taking the wheel for the opening test session of the 2015 season at the Spanish circuit.
2015 marks the beginning of an evolutionary process for the cutting-edge Hybrid racing formula introduced for 2014. But the word evolution shouldn’t mask the scale of the change this represents: the regulatory requirements and opportunities, coupled with ambitious internal performance targets, mean that this winter has been as challenging as ever. The more stable the rules, the more innovative a team must become to deliver performance from each generation of racing machine.
As the age of Hybrid power evolves, so the requirements for improved safety, reliability, efficiency and performance increase. An intensive design phase combining incremental gains and targeted innovation has produced the F1 W06 Hybrid, a car which delivers mechanical, structural, aerodynamic and weight saving developments over its predecessor, the F1 W05 Hybrid.
|Monocoque||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb|
|Front Suspension||Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers|
|Rear Suspension||Carbon fibre wishbone and pullrod activated torsion springs and rockers|
|Wheels||Advanti forged magnesium|
|Brake System||Carbon / carbon discs and pads with rear brake-by-wire|
|Steering||Power assisted rack and pinion|
|Steering Wheel||Carbon-fibre construction|
|Gearbox||Eight-speed forward, one reverse unit with carbon fibre maincase|
|Gear Selection||Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation|
|Overall Weight||702 kg|
|Power Unit||Mercedes-Benz PU106B Hybrid|
|Minimum Weight||145 kg|
|No of Valves||24|
|Max rpm ICE||15.000 U/Min.|
|Max Fuel Flow Rate||100 kg/hour|