The Williams FW40

The Williams FW40

Williams Reveals FW40 for the New Era of Formula One.

Celebrating 40 years in the sport this year, the first image of the team’s 2017 challenger, the Williams Mercedes FW40, shows a very different look to 2016’s FW38.

This season we will see wider bodywork, wider front and rear wings, and fatter tyres. As a result of this, there will be a significant increase in downforce and mechanical grip with the 2017 cars really able to attack the corners, significantly faster than they have done in recent years. That, in turn, means braking distances will be reduced and G-loading will increase.


Chassis Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements
Front suspension Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Double wishbone, pull-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Transmission Williams eight speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear, gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
Clutch Carbon multi-plate
Dampers Williams 
Wheels Apptech forged magnesium
Tyres Pirelli: Fronts: 305/670-13, Rears: 405/670-13
Brake system AP 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers with carbon discs and pads
Steering Williams power assisted rack and pinion
Fuel system ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Electronic systems FIA SECU standard electronic control unit 
Cooling system Aluminium oil, water and gearbox radiators
Cockpit Six-point driver safety harness with 75mm shoulder straps & HANS system, removable anatomically formed carbon fibre seat
Power Unit Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+, Internal Combustion Engine: Capacity 1.6 litres, Cylinders Six, Bank angle 90, No of valves 24, Max rpm ICE 15,000 rpm, Max fuel flow rate 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel injection  High-pressure direct injection (max 500 bar, one injector/cylinder), Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine on a common shaft, Max rpm exhaust turbine 125,000 rpm 
ERS Mercedes AMG HPP
Weight FIA Minimum
Overall height 950mm
Overall width 2000mm

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