Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #RacingWrap brings you news of new technology innovations by the coveted brand, Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz has always been a leader in racing technology, and with relatively new innovations, this rings true more than ever. Although hybrid technology is not a new concept for Mercedes-Benz, it has been newly introduced in the world of racing. “In recognition of the importance of this new philosophy to both Formula One and Mercedes-Benz, from the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix onwards the team's F1 W05 racing car will be rechristened as the ‘F1 W05 Hybrid’ and will carry the Hybrid branding featured on series production Mercedes-Benz cars prominently on the engine cover,” says João Corrêa from Motorsport.com.
For Mercedes-Benz, hybrid technology development began in the early 1900’s with the production of the 30/55 horsepower engine Mercedes Mixte in 1907. A little over 100 years later, Mercedes-Benz and its hybrid engine led Lewis Hamilton to the first hybrid victory at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton drove with KERS hybrid power, the introduction of the first hybrid engine in Formula One racing history.
This engine has come a long way with Mercedes-Benz. In 2007, the engine weighed 100 kg and had a thermal efficiency level of 39%. In 2012, the weight of the engine was brought down to 24 kg and the thermal efficiency was increased to 80%, increasing its overall efficiency and power.
Mercedes-Benz has always been at the forefront of automotive development and production. Toto Wolff, Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team explains, “Formula One always has been about pure racing – and it still is today. At the same time, we're now back at the cutting edge of technology and pioneering new solutions. That's a huge positive step for the sport."