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The 2020 Mercedes F1 Car Explained!

The 2020 Mercedes F1 Car Explained!


One of the really lovely things
about working as an engineer in Formula One is that every season
casts up its own challenges. Last year in 2019, the challenge
was how to cope with the breath-taking headlong rush of figuring out how
to reinvent the front corner aerodynamics after a very late change in the regulations.
In 2021, a completely different challenge awaits us, where a completely new set of
regulations is going to arrive and where we have the terrifying and yet
exhilarating thrill of picking our way through virgin design space,
trying to avoid the man traps and seeking the treasure that is hidden
within those regulations. And this year, 2020, a completely different set of
challenges all over again. The challenge being, in a year where the regulations
are completely stable and where the tyres haven’t changed one little
bit, how do we take last year’s best car, the 2019 Mercedes car, how do we
take that car and produce something properly competitive when the regulations
haven’t changed. The temptation for us was just to keep polishing that one,
after all it finished the season really strongly and it was developing very fast
all the way through the year, so there was still lots of opportunity to make
that one quicker. That conservative approach was very, very tempting.
But in the end, we decided that wouldn’t be enough. We were feeling
the breath of our opponents on our shoulders. We know their hunger and we know
that if we don’t do something impressive with this car, they will eat us up and
leave us behind. So, we decided that we would make a car that was
aggressive. Despite the fact that there is no change in the regulations,
we would take every part of the car and see if we could challenge ourselves
to make it better. And I can’t do justice in a short piece like this to all the hundreds
of things we have done, but I’ll tell you some stuff about the front, the middle
and the back of this car, the areas in which we have invested to try to give
us an opportunity both to hit the ground in Melbourne with a car
that is a big step forward, and also to have a platform that will keep developing
strongly through the year. So, at the front first of all, at the front we have
changed a lot of the structure of the front corners. We have made it much
harder for ourselves structurally, much harder to take the forces, but we
have rearranged the detail inside the wheels and in the way the suspension
goes into those wheels so that we have more aerodynamic opportunity in the
front end. A difficult project but one which has given us good aerodynamic gains.
In the middle of the car, a couple of things. First of all, something which is pretty
familiar to the sport, because actually many teams have already adopted this.
And that is we have moved the side impact structure from its upper position
that we have had for the last three seasons, we have moved it to a
lower position here. Something which many teams have already done and
something which we have been watching on from afar, but this year we decided
to make the structural investment to pull that into our car and to bank the
aerodynamic gain that comes with it. Also, in the middle of the car, a huge,
huge effort gone in by HPP to put more performance into the PU.
They have managed to have a really good winter, finding lots and lots of
fresh horses from this Power Unit, many years into a regulation with
fixed fuel flow, this year they have managed to find a really impressive
upgrade in the power. Not just more horsepower. They have also for the
third year straight bent over backwards to give us a Power Unit that gives
opportunities on the chassis side to develop better aerodynamics.
Because they have put a lot of work in to make it so that this Power Unit
can operate at elevated temperatures compared to the previous year. Being
able to run hotter means that for the same everything else, we can make
smaller radiators in the car and keep the car cool. One of the reasons
why this car is even slimmer than the ones that we have seen in
previous seasons. Last year’s chassis would have stuck way out the side of this
bodywork, but this year’s one, narrower still, as a result of the investments that HPP made on our behalf in their Power Unit.
And then finally at the back of the car, probably in these camera shots, because
we are a little bit coy about it, you’re not going to see all the detail, but I can
tell you that the rear suspension on this car is extremely adventurous.
We have put into the back, specifically on the lower rear wishbone, we have
put a new geometry in there, a new geometry that gives us more
aerodynamic opportunity, allows us to get more downforce on the car. Taken
together, all these investments that I have been describing, none of them are easy and
nearly all of them are a structural compromise where we have had to put weight on the front,
in the middle and at the back of the car in order to realise these gains and that
weight has had to be paid for by hundreds and hundreds and hundreds
of small innovations by other designers who have managed to save the weight
that’s allowed us to buy each of these investments. But these investments
have given us a good winter. We have got a car here that is streaks
ahead of that one in terms of downforce. We have got a car here whose development
slope has kicked up, is steeper than the one that we finished last year’s with, in
that very, very good car from 2019. And we’ve got a car here that we hope will be fertile ground to develop strongly all the
way through the 2020 season.

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100 thoughts on “The 2020 Mercedes F1 Car Explained!

  1. After watching this, the obvious conclusion is that the W11 is way better than last year's car. That is a scary thing, considering how the season ended in abu dhabi. I think Mercedes' advantage is at least 7-8 tenths of a second per lap compared to the nearest competitor, which seems to be Red Bull

  2. Ah, the yearly video of James Allison flexing on the other teams is now released before even the winter testing has finished.

  3. Hey look the seventh tutorial of How to build a F1 car.

    *grabs popcorn while seeing other teams tripping over themselves to be the first to take notes and copy W11

  4. I can‘t put my finger on the reason for it, but my very first impression on the car was that it just looks terrifyingly fast. That feeling hasn‘t changed since the launch. Can‘t wait for Melbourne!

  5. Imagine if MB didn't pull out of F1 after 1955??… We'd probably have those floating speeders like in Star Wars and Mercedes would be the most successful constructor instead of Ferrari!!… Michael Schumacher probably would've never raced for Ferrari…

  6. So basically they wanted to keep DAS so much of a secret that they even removed the risked of this video being leaked early to expose it, so they just didn't mention it here

  7. I love the way that Mercedes keep pushing and don’t stop the innovations. But deep inside they know that if not make this adjustments on suspension, cooling system and increase the performance their legacy in this era can be break by Red Bull, because they are very, very close or probably better in some parts as cooling effectiveness and speed.

  8. I love them for keeping us amazed/entertained before the regs deal out some more cards. But there is a possibility that Mercedes get a royal flush….

  9. 1:25 Mercedes obviously better at building cars than grammar. ''Feeling the breath of our competitors in our neck / weight of them on our shoulders'' lol

  10. I was a Ferrari fan for many years but the last 3 years a Merc fan. Not because of the drivers but because Mercedes are so open and honest and I love all their Youtube material. Love how open they are and how honest they are when they mess up and make mistakes. Love this team!!!

  11. Honestly, there will be many who hate on Mercedes for being unbeatable. But all you can really do is take your hat off to these guys and girls and just marvel at what this unbelievable team are achieving at this moment in time. We need to realise we are witnessing greatness.

  12. You guys are incredibly inspiring. No luck being 6 x double world champs. Keep setting that benchmark higher and higher. So much love and positive energy to the greatest team in history 💙🔥👊

  13. Mercedes have got it this season I feel.
    Either the other teams will take six months copying DAS and redesigning their whole front end, using lots of recourses just to be competitive in the second half of the season, whilst merc pull ahead.
    Or they don't and have a season with a constant disadvantage
    Also they have a head start going into 2021

  14. OH MY GAWD !!!! James cannot stop glowing. He's so proud of his creation. He has full and utter confidence in his son. Just give Mercedes and Hamilton 7th championship title already.

  15. Hehe, only Mercedes can pull off these awesome videos. Well done to your media department and whoever came up with this strategy!

  16. You don't see this kind of videos from Mercedes. This is really scary. James Alison said they have working on the 2020 car since 2018. I think they will be utterly dominant and shatter all hopes of Red Bull and Ferrari.

  17. At the front we put some red paint on the wing. In the middle we’ve really excelled ourselves by add red paint to the air box. At the rear we had a real challenge to get some red paint on the rear wing and now we’ve achieved that we are really confident that it will make the car faster.

  18. You know maybe some teams are playing the waiting game…they know merc is gonna be dominant so might as not invest to much this year just put out a decent car good enough to get desired points and loud everything else into 2021 car , just saying

  19. Why didn't you wait for 21 with the Das 🙁 . Now you're going to break the mp4/4 record .
    People don't know what that beauty can do

  20. Love you Mercedes ! that is why you are the best ! You are truly the relentless pursuit of perfection ! Nothing but the best !!

  21. What a great video. Mercedes have developed into a phenomenal team over the years. I love their hunger and they really just look like a team enjoying striving to be better in every way they can. I hope the car demonstrates all the hard work, and success comes. I think it will be a good fight with Red bull this season as they look excellent too, and I'm interested to see if Ferrari are just keeping powder dry, unlike last season. I'm so excited for the season to start 🤩

  22. They can't stop making the best car. They should at least strive to have the best two drivers they can. So at least the teammates would battle. Like McLaren did with Prost/Senna.

  23. Your rear suspension geometry pickup points are so dialed in it has been the key since 2014. its like your on rails, im so impressed and happy for your teams success. i do hope you can continue this trend in 2021 with the new regs.

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