Mercedes has revealed its 2010 Formula one car called the W01, but the team has only revealed the color scheme that will be used on the 2010 car. The W10 is the only car built under the ownership of the Mercedes since this carmaker left the motorsport in the fifties. Most anticipated glimpse this year would be Michael Schumacher as he makes his return after 3 years of absence from the sport.
The team officially launched its 2010 campaign at the Mercedes Motorsport museum at Stuggart on 25th January which was witnessed by all the drivers and the protagonists. The only thing missing was the new 2010 Formula one car. But one week later on the racetrack at 9:00 am in the pitlane the car got its first glimpse. The car was first driven by Nico Rosberg in the morning and then by Michael Schumacher on February 1st at Cheste.
The car is found to have strikingly different from the BRAWN GP01 and could be easily differentiated from the other 2010 F1 cars. The car has a color combination of Black and Silver and the new nose is an implementation of the Red Bull RB5 V-nose concept. The nose is very different from its earlier Brawn GP01 model and the nose edge is higher at both the sides right up to the cockpit opening. The nose is rounded off at the underside like the RB5 and the lower suspension mounts are attached to the chassis with a small kneel making the car a single kneel and this is the only we have seen since 2008. The sidepods entries have changed less making the air inlets look bulky as compared to McLaren and Ferrari.
The AIRBOX is the most unseen part which not even acts as an air inlet but also works as a roll hoop protecting the drivers in case of crash. The concept of roll hoop however is different on Mercedes as they have constructed in differently, making it vertical and a thick support at the centerline of the car.
The airbox has been split in two and at the rear small openings are provided on each side for cooling purpose of some of the components. Despite the fairly bulky shape of the sidepods with a lack of undercut, the rear end of the car is extremely mince, leaving most of the suspension components open to free airflow.
Chassis: Construction Molded carbon fiber and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension: Wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers
Wheels: BBS forged magnesium
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
Brakes: Brembo calipers
Brake: discs/pads Carbon/Carbon
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Steering: wheel Carbon fiber construction
Electronics: FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Gearbox: Seven speed unit with carbon composite main case
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch: Carbon plate
Overall length: 4800mm
Overall height: 950mm
Overall width: 1800mm
Type: Mercedes-Benz FO108X
Capacity: 2.4 liters
Maximum rpm: 18,000 (maximum FIA regulation)
Bank angle: 90°
Piston bore: 98mm (maximum FIA regulation)
No of valves: 32
Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)