Williams will use Mercedes-Benz engines for 2014

Williams will use Mercedes-Benz engines for 2014

In the Formula 1 world, major changes will take place next season. The biggest of them all is the switch from normally aspirated 2.4-liter V8 engines to turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 hybrid units, which is quite important and with visible results. For example, McLaren announced that starting from 2015 will use Honda engines. On the other side, Williams apparently has reached an agreement with Mercedes-Benz, which will supply engines from 2014. In case you do know yet, the team uses Renault power plants now. So it seems that under the terms of the agreement Brixworth, UK-based Mercedes AMG High Performance power trains will supply Williams with an Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System. When it comes to transmissions, it is important to know that they will manufacture their own transmission. Frank Williams, Williams F1 owner said that he is very proud of the new partnership with Mercedes-Benz and that he is sure the carmaker will offer them a very competitive engine package. On the other side, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP, Andy Cowell said he is very excited about their collaboration. To respect the 2014 regulations, cars will have to complete a race distance of 300 km on a fuel load of only 100 kg. The smaller engines will have to be 30 % more energy efficient so that they can achieve power outputs comparable to current levels. Cars will get an Energy Recovery System that will deploy ten times more energy in comparison to the current KERS. Why? This will recover energy both from the exhaust turbine and the rear axle and will also deploy energy back to both, which makes a lot of sense. All these technical developments will make Formula 1 more relevant.