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As Williams unveils its 2016 challenger, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer talks through the development and design of the Williams Mercedes FW38 ahead of the first test in Barcelona.
The FW37 was a pretty effective car and so we concentrated on understanding the areas where we could improve it without losing the attributes which made it effective. It is no secret that the low speed performance of the FW37 didn’t match its high speed performance so a lot of time was spent looking into why this was and subsequently making changes, which we hope will improve the situation. On top of this we looked at the normal physical obstacles to development that one always meets during the life of a car and tried to push those barriers back.
Source: Williams Press Release
- Engine: 1.6L V6 Turbo
- Weight: 690 kg / 1,521 lbs
- Power: 595+ kW / 800+ hp / 810+ PS
- 0-100 kph: 1.7 seconds
- Torque: –
- Top Speed: 370+ kph / 230+ mph