Mercedes W09: analysis of the car to beat

Today also he has touched the turn to another heavy weight next to Ferrari, and that is the team Mercedes AMG, which has unveiled its F1 2018. The new car has been called Mercedes W09, and it seems that the mark of the star are very motivated and convinced that it could be another year for them, as they have greatly improved the shortcomings of last year’s car to make that deficit in benefits for this year, in addition to the work that you have done on the engine and that we already saw in the GP of Brazil when Hamilton put it in his car the new concept for 2018 and made the times that we saw. Therefore, it is expected that team Mercedes is extremely strong, allowing you to gain good horsepower because the reliability was already extreme in the past year. Other motorists have had to focus very much on reliability, leaving a little aside the power, but Mercedes could afford the luxury of focusing on other more important things for your advantage.

we Already know that the past year the W08 had a distance between axes quite high, and that concept, along with other shortcomings extructurales, prevented the Mercedes highlight in city circuits, or more downforce as we saw in the Monaco GP and others. This greater distance, giving them some benefits, but not all are benefits. That’s why they planned to redesign their concept and shorten the wheelbase to make it more manageable. A redesign of the concept may involve risks very large, since you can screw it to the bottom and then having to swallow with a bad car all season, limitandote to simply make improvements to a wrong concept that will always continue to be so much the better. It is vital to have a good base and build from there, and perhaps there are some good bases on the grill and not have shone especially because they require a time to mature. For the sake of Mercedes, I hope that they have not erred in this regard…

Funny also the few brands that are seen, despite being a champion team, is not the more sponsors you have, we can only see Petronas, EPSON, Qualcomm, etc, but it is a detail that has caught my attention. the color of The car has changed slightly, though still gray and silver with those power lines that already have been introduced in the past year, now the black is more predominant, with interesting gradients in some areas of the hood. We can see that the halo has left in his conlor black, and have not painted silver, I understand that goes in harmony with those gradients and black tones of certain parts of the car, but on an aesthetic level, to not be painted the same color stands out more, making more visible this element that is so unsightly. Although if the season is exciting, I think that few people will remember halo, and will focus on enjoying the races, just like the huge amounts of criticism that were the F1 cars of the era hybrid by noise and other…

In this side view we can appreciate that the concept of the rear spoiler has not changed, the endplates of the same are similar to those of the past year. They keep popping up those gills and slots in the plates to generate vortices of air and improve the efficiency of the wing,to celerando the air that passes through the lower area of the wing and generate more downforce. In the profile of the endplate rear, in the area further back, last year I had a grin like what you see in this image coinciding to the edge of the wing in the DRS where it “spills” out the air. In W09 is maintained but it seems a little more pronounced. And if you can see the central area of the spoiler, we can also see that the curvature in the form of spoon is still maintained. And as for the monkey seat, t-wing and shark fin, as we see are not present by the new regulations, in the new Mercedes W09, as in other cars, continue to maintain that profile behind the cover engine, but much less pronounced, and following the fall that makes the fairing in this area.

this Interesting photograph that we see here on these lines. If we’re going from back to front, the first thing that calls the attention is the kind of t-wing or small monkey seat that keep it anchored to the center support simple rear spoiler. We will see if this is legal or have simply implemented to carry out certain tests, because my it reminds me of the concept of the monkey seat, and should not be allowed. Another of the things that attract the attention is that size-zero in the rear area with the gear box and floating the concept that follow the Mercedes engines and Honda when placing the elements as we well know. This allows that in the area of the back has been able to adjust to the maximum, with a waist that’s too thin, that if the W08 already surprised, this year is not for less. If you look at comparing it with other models that have been presented this year, the bottom surface plane that is seen in the upper image is very large, which gives an idea of the silhouette.

Is in this area of the flat bottom where you can see some stretch marks and slots placed in order to improve the sealing and prevent the dirty air that affects the ground effect and the removal of the air diffuser on the part of the dirt that may be injected to the rear tire spinning. We also see the trim high already perceived in the Ferrari and other cars and a few elements of the aerodynamic metal just ahead of the rear tire. In the middle zone, the complexity of the barge boards and the wings of the potones is amazingly extreme. Possibly the concept is more radical and complicated seen so far. In it we see wings like the SF71-H in the nose but much more elongated, and a lot of aletines and airfoils which surround the pontoon and on the floor that are too complex to try to understand them at a glance.

In the image front you can still appreciate the amount of carbon fiber elements that can be seen after suspensions, in front of the pontoons in the lower area. The truth is that it is very extreme, although not always more complex works, there was the RB13 of Red Bull with a very simple, clean design aerodynamically which worked quite well. In terms of suspensions, as we have quoted, say that they follow the concept that so much success has given them, with those twin arms and with aerodynamic functions that presented some years ago and that have been copied to other computers. As we see, the straps of the suspension are anchored to an area with very high of the morro, on the same edge, improving the traction by the geometry that allows this form of positioning arms. As for the airbox, it follows that a design is oval and large, as the last year and that seems to have been implemented in the SF71-H of this year, only in the case of the Mercedes the area central triangular is divided into other smaller area or duct in its upper area.

In regards to the outlets of the cooling of the brakes, are similar to the McLaren of the past few seasons, almost reduced to the minimum expression. We continue with front wing, simple in its central zone and brackets that hold it to the nose, but very complex and full of elements aerodynamic in the area outside. As I saying always, the design is very similar to the one that ended up in F1 2017. The nose follows the same design, thin and rounded at its tip, no nose, no holes to let in more air to the rear area. Failing that, what they have done in mercedes is slimming down the cone or tip of the wing all the way, as you can see by comparing it with the width of the hull where the anchor was. This allows them to pass more air by clearing this area, but without the antieseticas noses of other teams. And by the way, we can also appreciate that the slot for the S-Duct, which draws air through the slot under the nose to improve the efficiency of the front wing, and extrayendolo for that mail slot higher.

pontoons of the Mercedes W09 follow a similar line to the one they had in the W08, or perhaps something more similar to the Ferrari SF70-H, semitriangular and high, with the fairing of the outside area of these pontoons in a position very advanced as it was in the W08. This configuration is not as extreme as the Ferrari today, and the air intakes are much higher, but even so, they are passing up a good part of the air that hits this area and is diverted by the front area to make it flow toward the upper area of the diffuser accelerating it by way of neck of bottle that have the F1.

In terms of the rear area, not often displaying them in sharp photos and as we only have this photo of the filming day that they have had to try the latest, like other teams. The tight rear area terminates in two holes that blow between the arms of the suspensions and right in the upper profile of the diffuser so that the air comes out, once it has accomplished its task, also help extract the air that passes under the car. The diffuser not being appreciated, so we have to make do with this and wait to see if the tests bring up more images. Anyway, the cars that we see in the submissions have little to do with those who will be in the GP of Australia or even the pre-season with the implementations that are already prepared in the factory or the things that have been edited, covered up, or simply have not put in the images that we have.

Conclusion, we will see if the tremendous complexity that have been added in the middle zone serves to improve the performance of the past year or if it is simply a headache for the aerodinamistas and complicates the implementation of evolutions. As for the engine, I have no doubt that the work is wonderful.

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