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Williams reveals 'anteater' nose

2014-01-23 15:01

BAD NOSE JOB: Williams' new FW36 needed a nose job to confirm to 2014's radical rules. Image: WILLIAMS

Williams gives us a look at the kind of unseemly nose solutions that will adorn Formula 1 cars in 2014.

The team released computer-generated images of its new FW36, including an "anteater-like" nose appendage to conform with the sport's radical new rules.


Solutions along the lines of Williams' are expected up and down the pit-lane in 2014, as teams make the most aerodynamically of the new, lower maximum nose height, inserted in the rules for safety reasons.

Many think the FIA has gone a step too far when it comes to pushing teams into producing 'ugly' cars.

Former driver turned broadcaster Martin Brundle said: "One of the team bosses said a couple of months ago he hated what the front of his car looked like.

"I can't use the word he used to describe it.  We can't seem to get them elegant at the front."


Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds said: “There’s a lot more technology on the cars in 2014.

“We’ve had turbo-charged engines in F1 before; what’s different this time is that it is much more than just an engine change, it is a completely different system. We’ve gone from a slightly hybridised normally aspirated engine to a fully integrated hybrid power unit with novel technology at its heart.”

To meet the challenges of the new power unit, Williams signed a deal with Mercedes in 2013.

Symonds said: “This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we’ve been very impressed.

“Their professionalism and commitment have been notable and we’re as confident as we can be that the power unit will be competitive.”

Cooling, weight, a new gearbox and aerodynamic changes are just some of the areas of focus for the new car.

Symonds said: “Overall the cars will need more cooling this year. The demands on water and oil cooling may be slightly diminished, but the ERS system is significantly more powerful and hence needs more cooling. We also have to cool the charge air from the turbocharger compressor which requires a substantial intercooler.”

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