Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance 2021

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Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance '21
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Since the introduction of the full hybrid regulations in 2014, Mercedes-Benz have managed to maintain their advantage. During this period, the rules changed only subtly, which helped the German owned team to keep an edge. This looked set to continue in the 2021 season, which saw the development limited to two 'tokens' following the Covid-19 pandemic affected 2020 season. In addition to the two component changes allowed, there were also a change in the aerodynamic regulations. Working within these parameters, Mercedes-Benz produced an evolution of the 2020 World Championship winning W11, dubbed the W12 E Performance.

Carried over from the 2020 car was the monocoque chassis and the gearbox. Changes were made to the engine, which included a new plenum and revised turbocharger to cure some of the reliability issues that affected the power unit during the 2020 season. A new aluminium alloy was also used for the engine block for the same reason. The regulation changes focused on the floor and the bargeboards. Both areas are made simpler to reduce the level of downforce produced. Further changes included a bulge on the bodywork to clear the new plenum.

Despite the limited changes to the regulations, the Mercedes-Benz team seemed to have lossed its edge at the official three-day, pre-season test. The regulation changes clearly affected the areas where the Mercedes-Benz was particularly strong. The rivalling Red Bull team also benefited from a much improved Honda power unit, which truly seemed to have levelled the playing field. The Mercedes-Benz engineers spent the short few weeks before the first race to get back on par.

In practice and qualifying, Red Bull Racing still had an edge with Max Verstappen clinching pole position. In a particular close race, and with the help of a bold strategy, Mercedes-Benz driver Lewis Hamilton managed to snatch the victory, restoring the order for at least one more race.


SPECIFICATIONS

OVERVIEW

• Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
• Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
• Series: Formula One
• Country: Germany
• Year: 2021
• Type: Race car
• Division: Gr.X

ENGINE
• Engine: Mercedes-AMG M12 E Performance 90º V6 + Mercedes-AMG Electric Motor
• Power: Over 900 HP / 15000 rpm
• Torque: --- Nm / --- rpm
• Engine location: Mid
• Displacement: 1600 cc
• Construction: Aluminium block and head
• Valvetrain: 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
• Aspiration: Turbo (T)
• Lubrication: Dry sump

PERFORMANCE
• 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Time: Unknown
• Top Speed: Unknown
• Power-to-weight ratio: 1.2 hp/kg

DRIVETRAIN
• Layout: MR
• Drive: Rear wheel drive
• Chassis: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
• Gearbox: Eight speed forward, one reverse unit with carbon fibre maincase, Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
• Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion
• Front suspension: Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
• Rear suspension: Carbon fibre wishbone and pullrod-activated inboard springs & dampers
• Brakes: Carbone Industries Carbon / Carbon discs and pads with rear brake-by-wire

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
• Lenght: Over 5000 mm
• Width: 2000 mm
• Height: 950 mm
• Weight: 752 kg

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