1,000 years of working hours, the hopes and dreams of the entire Mercedes family
The F1 W09 EQ Power+ is improved in every area over its predecessor and will become the fastest Mercedes Formula One car in history. As the most advanced machine ever conceived by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, the 2018 car aims to write its own chapter in that long racing heritage while at the same time pushing the technological boundaries of motorsport.
Christened Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+, the new car proudly carries the “EQ Power+” designation which was launched to the world on last year’s car. As part of the naming strategy of Mercedes-AMG, “EQ Power+” stands for the brand’s future performance hybrid models. The Formula One team is proud to have led the way that was followed by the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show car revealed in Frankfurt last year. The EQ Power+ designation places the F1 car and its state-of-the-art hybrid power unit at the forefront of the future Mercedes-AMG line-up, showcasing how F1 technology is accelerating the future of motor racing and automotive technology in general.
The new car is more than a machine
While working on different areas of the car, the approach to developing and building the new car is the same in Brackley and Brixworth. Last year’s Championships don’t impact the way the two factories prepare for the season. Every team member knows that the points reset to zero for 2018 – and that even greater challenges await in 2018.
The outcome of roughly a millennium’s worth of working hours, the new car is more than a machine. It’s a demonstration of teamwork and represents the hopes and dreams not just of the drivers, the team, its partners and the entire Daimler family – but of Mercedes fans all around the world. The first shakedown run was watched with excitement not just by the team members at the circuit, in Brackley and Brixworth, but also by colleagues and fans around the globe.
An all new car with some familiar DNA
The all-new F1 W09 EQ Power+ shares some of the DNA of its predecessor. Affectionately dubbed a “diva” for its occasional lack of predictability, the 2017 Mercedes F1 car was nevertheless the most successful car of the past season. The aerodynamic regulations remained largely stable for the 2018 season, with the introduction of the Halo and the ban of both monkey seat and high T-wings being the biggest changes. So the team chose to follow a similar design philosophy, aimed at developing the many strengths of the 2017 car and improving its weaker areas.
The new car stays true to the general design principles of its championship-winning predecessor, retaining the same wheelbase and running slightly increased rake. However, working with a well-understood set of regulations meant the team could push the design to greater extremes in every area.
Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Technical Specification
|Monocoque:||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Bodywork:||Carbon fibre composite including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing|
|Cockpit:||Removable driver's seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, OMP six-point driver safety harness, HANS system|
|Safety Structures:||Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact-resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures, titanium driver protection structure (halo)|
|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:||OZ forged magnesium|
|Brake System:||Carbone Industries Carbon / Carbon discs and pads with rear brake-by-wire|
|Steering:||Power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Steering Wheel:||Carbon fibre construction|
|Electronics:||FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system|
|Instrumentation:||McLaren Electronic Systems (MES)|
|Fuel System:||ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder|
|Functional Fluids:||PETRONAS Tutela|
|Gearbox:||Eight speed forward, one reverse unit with carbon fibre maincase|
|Gear Selection:||Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation|
|Overall Length:||Over 5000mm|