F1 - Mercedes-AMG F1 Team - W11 - 2020 - side front-face

F1 2020 Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance : Herzlich evolution [HPP M11 Power Unit 1.6L V6 turbo hybrid]

17/02/2020 - Ewen LJ Team Principal DESIGNMOTEUR - Sport - ,

Vendredi pour un premier Shakedown, le team Mercedes-AMG F1 a présenté officiellement la monoplace de la saison 2020 de F1, dénommée W11, comme une évolution de la précédente W10, propulsé par un nouveau bloc Power Unit, préparé par HPP, dénommé M11, un bloc 1.6L V6 turbo hybrid associé à des composant emotors ‘heat’ et ‘kinetic’. Présentation

Design Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance

F1 - Mercedes-AMG F1 Team - W11 - 2020 - front-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG F1 Team – W11 – 2020 – front-face

“It’s fantastic that the team is able to celebrate its ten-year anniversary,”

“We made our first come-back to F1 over 25 years ago as an engine supplier and then we went all in ten years ago. It shows our long-term commitment – with our own works team and as a Power Unit supplier to valuable customers. We have been a part of Formula One with changing technical regulations, with changes in the Daimler top management, but our commitment to the sport hasn’t changed. It’s great that we get to celebrate our tenth anniversary with the Mercedes works team as one further milestone of this commitment.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - top front-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – top front-face

Named Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance, the new car proudly carries the “EQ Performance” designation.

As part of the strategy of Mercedes-AMG, “EQ Performance” stands for the brand’s future Mercedes-AMG performance hybrid models.

The EQ Performance designation places the 2020 Formula One car and its state-of-the-art hybrid Power Unit at the forefront of the future Mercedes-AMG line-up, showcasing how F1 technology is pioneering the future of motor racing and automotive technology in general.

“W11” represents the fact that this is the eleventh Mercedes-made Formula One car since the three-pointed star returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.

F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - side-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – side-face

Today’s (14th February) running constitutes an official 100 km filming day, which the team also uses as a final systems check before the first pre-season test in Barcelona.

This initial test and filming day is known as the shakedown and takes place at the 2.98 kilometre Silverstone International Circuit.

F1 - Mercedes-AMG F1 Team - W11 - 2020 - side-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG F1 Team – W11 – 2020 – side-face

“The shakedown has always been important, but it is particularly precious this year. It’s our last chance to make sure all is well ahead of the first official day of Winter Testing. If all goes well in the shakedown then we will be well placed to roll out the garage at nine o’clock in Barcelona and just start hitting the laps.


With a shorter winter testing programme, that last ticking everything off at the shakedown is proportionally more important so we are determined to squeeze every drop of goodness from it that we can.”

James Allison, Technical Director, Mercedes-AMG Team
F1 - Mercedes-AMG F1 Team - W11 - 2020 - side front-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG F1 Team – W11 – 2020 – side front-face

La Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance est une évolution de la W10. L’équipe a examiné nombreux domaines pour améliorer la voiture et a changé la grande majorité des plus de 10 000 pièces de la voiture pour en extraire plus de performances.

F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - rear side-face
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – rear side-face

“At the front we have accepted more structural complexity around the uprights and wheel rims in order to provide a higher performance assembly overall.

In the middle of the car we have followed the pitlane trend by moving our upper side impact tube to the lower position and banking the aerodynamic gain that comes with this layout. At the rear of the car we have gone for an adventurous suspension layout in order to free up aerodynamic development opportunity.

All three investments were improvements in their own right, but their real effect is to mobilize a raft of secondary aerodynamic gains both during the winter and, we hope, across the season to come.”

James Allison, Technical Director, Mercedes-AMG Team
  • Overall Length: Over 5000mm
  • Overall Width: 2000mm
  • Overall Height: 950mm
  • Overall Weight: 746kg

Moteur Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance

F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - engine Power Unit - HPP - 1.6L V6 turbo hybrid
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – engine Power Unit – HPP – 1.6L V6 turbo hybrid

Tout comme le développement du côté du châssis, le tout nouveau groupe motopropulseur, dénommé Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance, est une évolution car la réglementation est restée largement la même. Cependant, alors que la réglementation sur les châssis entre dans sa deuxième année de stabilité relative, la réglementation technique autour du groupe motopropulseur n’a pas connu de changements majeurs depuis l’introduction de la génération actuelle de moteurs hybrides V6 de 1,6 litre en 2014.

“We have had to develop an even wider area of the PU (Power Unit). We have looked at every single system. We have worked on a huge array of projects, and when summed together they will hopefully help propel the car around the track quicker and give the aerodynamics team more opportunities to improve as well.”

Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains

Au cours des six années qui se sont écoulées depuis son introduction, le Power Unit Mercedes a fait des progrès significatifs non seulement en termes de puissance et de fiabilité, mais aussi en termes d’efficacité.

De 2014 à aujourd’hui, le rendement thermique s’est amélioré, passant d’environ 44% à plus de 50%. Le rendement thermique décrit la capacité d’un moteur à convertir l’énergie du carburant en travail utile. Atteindre plus de 50% signifie que plus de la moitié de l’énergie contenue dans le carburant peut être utilisée pour propulser la voiture, ce qui fait de l’actuel F1 Power Unit l’un des moteurs à combustion interne les plus efficaces jamais construits. Le moteur d’une voiture de route typique atteint généralement environ 30 % de son efficacité thermique.

En plus de radiateurs plus grands dans la voiture, l’équipe s’est attachée à rendre le refroidissement plus efficace en prouvant que le moteur fonctionnait à des températures plus élevées.

“We are putting significant effort into making sure that all the cooling fluids on the Power Unit operate at a higher temperature.

This increases the temperature difference between that coolant fluid and the ambient temperature that we are racing in, which increases the effectiveness of the cooling system.

That’s a tough challenge though, because large parts of the engine are made from aluminium and the temperatures that we are operating at mean the material properties are decaying quite rapidly.”

“Managing that over an eight-race distance Power Unit cycle is a tough engineering challenge but that’s what we are striving for. As Power Unit engineers we don’t just focus on crankshaft power, we also focus a tremendous amount on the packaging and reducing the overheads for the aerodynamicist, so that they can mainly focus on keeping the car planted through the corner.”


F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - engine Power Unit - HPP - part preview
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – engine Power Unit – HPP – part preview

Les débuts de Mercedes-AMG ‘High Performance Powertrains’ (HPP) remontent à 1984 et à la fondation de Ilmor Engineering, avec le financement de Penske. Depuis 1995, l’équipe basé à Brixworth, 
en Angleterre, est responsable du ‘design and development’ de chaque moteur de F1 portant le badge Mercedes-Benz.

Brixworth is a state-of-the-art technology campus where around 700 talented people work on engines and powertrains for Formula One, Formula E and high-performance hybrid road cars.

For the Formula One project, the team at Brixworth designs, manufactures and tests the Hybrid Power Units for the Mercedes works team as well as customer teams Williams Racing and Racing Point.

under the hood Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance

  • Minimum Weight: 145 kg
  • Power Unit Perimeter: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K) Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H) Turbocharger (TC) Energy Store (ES) Control Electronics (CE)
  • Power Unit Allocation: Three ICE, TC & MGU-H per driver per season Two MGU-K, ES, CE per driver per season

In the new, Hybrid F1 era, Mercedes-Benz engines have powered the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team to six consecutive Championship doubles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) – breaking a new record for the most consecutive double titles in the sport’s history.

Today’s F1 Power Unit from Brixworth is one of the most efficient internal combustion engines ever built.

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)

  • Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Cylinders: Six
  • Bank Angle: 90
  • No of Valves: 24
  • Max rpm ICE: 15000 rpm
  • Max rpm Exhaust Turbine: 125000 rpm

Fuel & Oil

  • Max Fuel Flow Rate: 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
  • Fuel Injection: High-pressure direct injection (max 500 bar, one injector/cylinder)
  • Pressure Charging: Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine on a common shaft
  • Fuel & Lubricants Fuel: PETRONAS Primax
  • Lubricants: PETRONAS Syntiu

Energy Recovery System (ERS)

  • Architecture: Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via electrical Motor Generator Units
  • Energy Store: Lithium-Ion battery solution of minimum 20 kg regulation weight
  • Max energy storage/lap: 4 MJ Max rpm
  • MGU-K: 50,000 rpm Max power
  • MGU-K: 120 kW (161 hp)
  • Max energy recovery/lap MGU-K: 2 MJ
  • Max energy deployment/lap
  • MGU-K: 4 MJ (33.3 s at full power)
  • Max rpm MGU-H: 125000 rpm
  • Max power MGU-H: Unlimited
  • Max energy recovery/lap MGU-H: Unlimited
  • Max energy deployment/lap MGU-H: Unlimited


  • Gearbox: Eight speed forward, one reverse unit with carbon fibre maincase
  • Gear Selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
  • Clutch: Carbon plate

Châssis Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance

F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - side-face - on track - Silverstone
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – side-face – on track – Silverstone
  • Monocoque: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Bodywork: Carbon fibre composite including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing
  • Cockpit: Removable driver’s seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, OMP (Officine Meccaniche Percivale) Racing six-point driver safety harness, HANS (Head And Neck Support) system Safety
  • Structures: Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact-resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures, titanium driver protection structure (halo)

behind the wheel F1 M11

F1 - Mercedes-AMG - W11 - 2020 - front wheel - on track - Silverstone
F1 – Mercedes-AMG – W11 – 2020 – front wheel – on track – Silverstone
  • Front Suspension: Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers
  • Rear Suspension: Carbon fibre wishbone and pullrod-activated inboard springs & dampers
  • Wheels: OZ forged magnesium
  • Tyres: Pirelli
  • Brake System: Carbone Industries Carbon / Carbon discs and pads with rear brake-by-wire
  • Brake Calipers: Brembo Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion Steering Wheel: Carbon fibre construction
  • Electronics: FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
  • Instrumentation: MES (McLaren Electronic Systems)
  • Fuel System: ATL (Aero Tec Laboratories) Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
  • Lubricants & Fluids: PETRONAS Tutela

Team 2020 Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team will stay true to the driver line-up that won the team the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Constructors’ Championships – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Both drivers completed an intensive training programme in their winter break and are eager to get behind the wheel again.

The driver line-up will be complemented by two drivers sharing reserve driver duties on the race weekends: Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team race driver Stoffel Vandoorne who will support the F1 team; and Esteban Gutierrez in addition to his role as the team’s Simulator and Development Driver. Both Stoffel and Esteban will play an important role in supporting the team’s 2020 challenge with their duties in the factory and at track.

Source et images :
Mercedes-AMG (Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach)
HPP (High Performance Powertrains)