Mercedes Boosts Horsepower for 2023 F1
According to a report, Mercedes is expected to experience a notable boost in horsepower for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
On Wednesday, February 15, the team based in Brackley will reveal their W14 race car as they aim to recover from a difficult 2022 season.
According to Formu1a.uno, Mercedes will increase their power output by “10 horsepower” for the 2023 season and will continue to use the distinctive zero sidepod design that garnered attention when it was first introduced last year.
However, the team faced challenges in translating this concept into on-track success, and spent much of the season trying to figure out the cause of their difficulties.
The decision to retain the aerodynamic design is in line with previous statements by Toto Wolff, who confirmed last year that the team would continue to use the concept.
Toto Wolff said, “When I go into the wind tunnel and see the car, it looks similar to this year’s car. But the engineers tell me that it’s actually very different.”
Wolff continued, “It’s all about the airflow, the weight distribution, and the aerodynamic map. Our car underwent significant changes during the season.”
Wolff added, “We fundamentally changed the concept, but it wasn’t visible on the exterior. The narrow design is somewhat misleading. It may look the same, but it’s actually different.”
More intriguingly, the increase in power unit performance is reported despite the current engine freeze regulations.
Engine development was frozen last year, however, manufacturers are still allowed to make modifications for the purpose of improving reliability.
According to the report, Mercedes has improved their reliability and there are rumors that the German engine will see a double-digit increase in performance. These rumors are originating from the team’s headquarters in Brackley.
During the off-season, it was reported that Ferrari was planning to boost their power output by as much as 30 horsepower for the beginning of the 2023 season.
Both Mercedes and Ferrari are aiming to dethrone Red Bull as the reigning champions in the 2023 season. Red Bull dominated the previous season, winning both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships with several races still remaining.
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