The Most Powerful Mercedes F1 Engine Ever Made!

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Three and a half years after making its debut, the Mercedes-AMG Formula One Power Unit has now achieved a conversion efficiency of more than 50% during dyno testing in Brixworth.

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In other words, it now produces more power than waste energy – a remarkable milestone for any Hybrid, let alone a flat-out racing engine.Owen Jones, Head of Performance & Controls at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, explains how it works.

The unit responsible for the Mercedes’ F1 engines, discusses how significant 50 percent thermal efficiency is in the racing.Thermal efficiency is a potential energy burned in gasoline. Engines, therefore, must extract and as much useful work, or power, from fuel as possible.

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One of these aids the engine in driving the rear wheels while the other is used to spool up a turbocharger.The best part is that this same powertrain will end up in the road car!