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Mercedes V6 produces '580hp' - Lauda

2014-03-06 10:44

TAKING AN EARLY LEAD: Team Mercedes enjoys an early lead during testing ahead of the upcoming first race of the 2014 season in March – the Australian GP. Image: AFP

BERLIN, Germany - Niki Lauda has revealed that Mercedes' new turbo V6 engine produces "about 580" horsepower - the equivalent of about 435kW.

It is a rare admission in the highly-secretive world of Formula 1 but field-leading Mercedes' F1 chairman wasn't giving the whole game away.

'I'D BE HAPPY WITH 580HP'

Asked to put a number on the team's early-season superiority, Lauda told Austrian Servus TV: "The fuel engine is about 580 horse power. Then there is the electrical side."

He didn't elaborate on that...

It's known that the energy-recovery or 'ERS' side of the 'power unit' adds 120kW to the equation but Lauda's figures made Helmut Marko, team advisor to struggling F1 champions Red Bull, grin.

Marko said: "Interesting data, I would be happy if I had 580hp."
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