A secret of Mercedes’ 2014 dominance has been compared to the game-changing ‘double diffuser’ innovation of a few years ago.
It emerged in Bahrain that, beneath the skin of the dominant Mercedes-powered cars in 2014, the new turbo V6 features its turbine and air compressors uniquely packaged at either end of the ‘power unit’.
It means that, although McLaren, Williams and Force India are also benefitting from the sleek layout, the works Brackley based team had vast lead-time in designing the aerodynamic concept of the dominant W05 around it.
“We’re talking about 2014’s double diffuser with the exception that you can’t copy it this year,” Mark Hughes, a highly respected F1 technical analyst, told the British broadcaster Sky in Bahrain.
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