The W07/04 HybridPeter
The W07/04 Hybrid
The W07 Hybrid chassis number 04, a highlight here at this weekend’s Sonoma Speed Festival, is one of only a handful made for the 2016 season. This exact chassis was driven by Lewis Hamilton to victory 10 times and took 9 poles and 14 podiums, including victories in Monaco, Montreal, Silverstone, Germany and back-to-back victories (and pole positions) in Austin, Mexico, Interlagos and Abu Dhabi.
The W07/04 as it’s known is the most successful individual chassis in the history of Formula 1, and the success of the W07 Hybrid in Grand Prix competition speaks for itself. In 2016, teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took 19 out of 21 victories, 20 pole positions, nine fastest race laps, eight 1-2 finishes, and a record-breaking 33 podiums.
The car’s monocoque was handbuilt from molded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structures; Mercedes constructed the W07’s bodywork – including the engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose and both wings – completely with carbon fiber composite, and included carbon fiber wishbone and pullrod activated torsion springs and rockers on the front and rear suspension.
In 2015, Mercedes somehow eclipsed their 2014 success, and 2016 would turn out to be no different. However, it was truly the W07 that represents a culmination of the team’s dedication to building the best hybrid power unit on the grid.
Designed in response to the FIA’s engine regulation changes, the W07’s PU106C engine is powered by a synergy of turbo, electric motor and internal combustion technology, producing somewhere between 950 and 1,000 horsepower and weighing 1,547 pounds.
The heart of the W07/04: The PU106C