New Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 reviewed

March 16, 2022 by

This is the new Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 – the 2022 Formula One car from the team that won the 2021 constructors’ championship. Mat gets his hands on it to tell you everything you need to know. 

This is NOTHING like the best car in the world. Why? Well, arguably, the best car in the world was last year’s Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 – it won the constructor’s championship after all…

Since then, the egg-heads behind F1 have thrown the rulebook away and replaced it with something completely different (and twice as long). Mat walks you through the changes in his most expensive carwow review yet.

The most obvious difference between last year’s car and the new W13 is the wheels. Gone are the old car’s dinky 13-inch rims – the 2022 car comes with 18-inch rims with new low-profile tyres.

These aren’t just for looks, the tyres are designed to overheat less and the wheels come with special aero covers to help reduce drag – although these are made of plastic, like the hubcaps on an entry-level Dacia Sandero

The new car’s aerodynamics are also completely different from last year’s car. The front wing is simpler than before, there aren’t any fiddly ‘barge’ boards behind the front wheels and the rear wing has a bold new curvy look.

Combined this with some trick new under-floor (and therefore invisible) aerodynamic devices called venturi tunnels and you have almost as much downforce as in 2021, but with less turbulent wake produced behind the car.

The goal here is to make it easier for cars to follow each other through high-speed corners, ultimately encouraging more overtaking (or so the plan goes…)

As for the engine, this new W13 uses the same basic 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrid engine as in 2021, but Mercedes has still found the time to redesign almost every component.

This new unit also has to run on new fuel that uses a higher percentage of ethanol than last year. Now it matches the 10% E10 you can buy at petrol stations (albeit with a few extra F1-only goodies).

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