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2018 Mercedes’ F1 engine will be ‘pretty much all new’ – Cowell

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2018 Mercedes F1 car engine will be “pretty much all new”, according to its engine boss Andy Cowell.

In 2017 F1 season Mercedes made what no team has done before by winning back-to-back titles across a major change of chassis regulations.

“Pretty much all new,” Cowell told Motorsport.com about the expectations for 2018 Mercedes F1 engine.

“It’s had several phase-ups through the season and we’ve got ideas to improve the power, the indicated power in the engine.

“We’ve got ideas to reduce the friction in pretty much every area of the power unit, or the losses in electrical systems.”

“Every time you do an engine, every time you do a phase update you’ve always learned,” he said.

“So you freeze the concept, you do the work, you do the prove-out, you go racing and all the way along that journey it’s intensely frustrating because you’re learning but you cannot incorporate into that phase without corrupting the quality fundamentally.

“So it’s ensuring that we do have a learning culture that observes and learns and reflects and then remembers that so that then when it’s time to put the next concept together we’ve got a whole load of ideas and a lot of it is small, marginal gains on well-trodden areas.

“Some of it is big, fundamental bits of learning, combustion progress, friction reduction, new materials that unlock areas where we’ve been struggling with reliability. And sometimes it’s just a surprise. There’s still gains to be had [with this formula]. It’s a plethora of marginal gains, five millisecond gains. He added.

“Then there’s those nice surprises where you thought north would give you 2kW and actually it’s south that gives you 2kW. It has just been about doing those great experiments and that’s where the test facility is important.

“You need to think about what it is you’re trying to measure but you need a very impressive dyno with incredible sensors and good test methodology to genuinely detect those gains and to pick them out from the noise of general testing.”

Also, the other report claims Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell is “confident Mercedes will succeed” in breaking through the 1000hp barrier before the regulations conclude in late 2020.

“If the world champions maintain their approximate development speed, 1000hp will be reached in 2019,” correspondent Michael Schmidt said.

Ferrari is next in the power rankings with 934hp, followed by 907 for Renault and Honda’s 860hp.

Finland’s Ilta Sanomat reports that Ferrari is pushing to get an extra 40hp from its engine in 2018, even though engine boss Lorenzo Sassi is moving to Mercedes.

“I don’t know who said Sassi is a phenomenon, but I don’t remember saying it,” Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne told Marca.

“What is true is that our problems were due not only due to him. Our intention was to keep him in GTs, but unfortunately he decided to leave and continue his career elsewhere.

“For the team it’s a normal change and now we have Corrado Iotti and we’re fine with him,” Marchionne added.


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