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Mercedes F1 power unit honoured as outstanding example of British engineering

The team behind the power unit at the heart of Mercedes’ recent Formula One success has been awarded the 2014 Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry.

Developed by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) at Brixworth in Northamptonshire, the PU106A Hybrid power unit has been the dominant powertrain in the first season under new F1 rules, which have replaced the 2.4-litre normally-aspirated V8 engines with 1.6 litre charged V6 power unit that relies heavily on hybrid technologies.

Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid power unit.

The Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid power unit.

Top flight motorsport has faced mounting criticism in recent years that it is not longer relevant to the wider automotive industry. It’s hoped that the new regulations – which align performance more closely with thermal efficiency – could have direct relevance to future the road car powertrains.

Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/mercedes-f1-power-unit-honoured-as-outstanding-example-of-british-engineering/1019429.article#ixzz3I65LwMH9

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November 4, 2014

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