Synergies between F1 and Road Car Development

Brackley/Silverstone. In Formula 1 Racing, performance is everything. But under the new rules for 2014, minimal lap times can be achieved only by maximum efficiency. A challenge Mercedes-Benz road car development has been confronted with since day one. As MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continues to lead the way in the 2014 season, with another hard-fought win at Silverstone, it’s time to take a look where engineers at Brackley and Stuttgart find synergies.

F1 race car (W05 Hybrid) and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

F1 race car (W05 Hybrid) and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

“We are often asked the question of whether there is actually any technology transfer between race and road car engineering. The answer is resoundingly ‘yes’ – but it’s a more subtle process than bolting bits from one car onto another,” says Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical) at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. “There are examples of direct transfer – for instance the NANOSLIDE technology used to coat cylinder bore surfaces. And then there is indirect transfer, where F1 serves as a research laboratory for developing new solutions and showing the world what is possible.”

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