LONDON, May 30, 2013 (AFP) - British Formula One team Williams announced on Thursday that Mercedes-Benz will replace Renault as their engine suppliers from next season onwards.
The switch coincides with the arrival of new engine regulations in the sport in 2014, with 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units replacing the current 2.4-litre V8 engines.
Williams only began working with engines made by French manufacturer Renault last season.
"This new agreement provides Mercedes-Benz with the long-term stability of supplying our works team and at least two partners from the 2015 season onwards, following the conclusion of our relationship with McLaren at the end of next season," said Mercedes' engine managing director, Andy Cowell.
Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission, while Mercedes will provide the ERS (Energy Recovery Unit). This device aids generating the power level that currently delivers the 2.4cc V6, once it changes to 1.6cc V6 Turbo next year. The new engine, much more energy efficient will not be abe to produce the same horsepower output on its own.
The Energy Recovery Unit will be able to deploy ten times more energy than the current KERS. The new ERS will recover energy from both the exhaust turbine and the rear axle, as well as deploying energy back to both.
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said “Securing the right engine supply partnership is a key milestone in the implementation of our strategy for long term success. We are also pleased to conclude this agreement early in the season and we very much look forward to working with Mercedes AMG HPP in developing our 2014 race car.”
The other Mercedes-powered F1 team is Force India.
Mercedes recently lost an engine tie-up with McLaren, who announced that they would rekindle their partnership with Honda from 2015.