A new era of aerodynamic regulations
Formula One entered a new era of aerodynamic regulations in 2017, with substantial rule modifications producing cars that not only looked great, but were also much faster too.
Following on from the team’s domination the previous season, the F1 W08 EQ Power+ had a tough target to reach. No team had ever won Championships across a major rule change but Mercedes were determined to do so.
For 2017, the cars, front wings and rear wings increased in width, while the rear diffuser became longer and a number of new aero elements (such as the shark fin and T-wing) featured.
The size of the tyres also increased by around 25%, creating more mechanical grip, while teams were restricted to just four Power Units across the course of the season – down from five engines, in 2016.
It was the fourth consecutive Championship double for Mercedes
F1 may have gone through another considerable revolution, but Mercedes remained the team to beat, taking 12 victories across the course of 2017 and 15 pole positions too.
However, the team came under intense pressure from Ferrari, particularly in the first half of the year, and also had Red Bull Racing to contend with later in the season.
But, the W08 proved to be unbeatable in the end, with Mercedes securing the Constructors’ Championship in the USA and Lewis Hamilton storming to the Drivers’ crown in Mexico.
It was the fourth consecutive Championship double for Mercedes, with the team reaching the incredible goal of being the first to win back-to-back titles across rule change.
The W08 completed 7,789 laps (which is 38,870km), 382,233 gear changes, 127,802 corners and 311,560,000 fuel injections on its way to the title double.
|Monocoque||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|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 Industrie 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 Length||Over 5000mm|
|Overall Weight||728 kg|
Power Unit: Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
|Minimum Weight||145 kg|
|No of Valves||24|
|Max rpm ICE||15.000 U/Min.|
|Max Fuel Flow Rate||100 kg/hour|