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Default FW 27 launched

On January 31st the FW27 was revealed at Valencia in Spain. As with other new cars that have been launched, the appearance of the FW27 shows the effects of the new regulations for this season, with a slightly higher front wing and further forward back wing
Unlike its predecessor, which had a radical front wing dubbed the 'walrus', the FW27 has a more conventional single-keel design. The cooling system is "aggressive", according to technical director Sam Michael, with low engine bodywork and sidepod undercuts. Reducing weight and increasing stiffness were also key elements in the design process.
Michael explained that reliability was another focus for 2005. "While reducing weight, a lot of attention has been placed on reliability, in particular the gearbox," he said. "The FW27 gearbox has been running on the track since November 2004 with no major problems and any issues we had with last season's gearbox have been resolved."

BMW, Williams' engine partner, is equally determined. "For four years we surpassed our targets," said motorsport director Mario Theissen. "Then in 2004 we found ourselves in a trough, failing to meet our expectations for the first time. We now aim to accumulate successes once more with renewed strength."

It's a new race driver line-up for Williams in 2005; at the launch it was announced that Nick Heidfeld will be teammate to Mark Webber this season, while Antonio Pizzonia will continue his test driver role. Frank Williams is, naturally, convinced that they will be a strong squad.

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More Facts and Figures about BMWWilliams FW 27

Williams BMW FW27 Technical Specifications

Transmission: WilliamsF1 semi automatic
Clutch: AP
Chassis: Carbon Aramid epoxy composite manufactured by WilliamsF1
Suspension: WilliamsF1
Steering: WilliamsF1
Cooling system: Water and oil radiators
Brakes: Carbon Industrie carbon discs and pads operated by AP calipers
Lubricants: Castrol
Fuel: Petrobras

Wheels: O.Z: 13x12 front, 13x13.7 rear
Tyres: Michelin
Cockpit Instrumentatior: WilliamsF1 digital data display
Steering wheel: WilliamsF1
Driver's seat: Anatomically formed in carbon/epoxy composite material with Alcantara covering
Extinguisher systems: WilliamsF1/Safety Devices
Front track: Maxiumum allowance
Rear track: Maximum allowance
Weight: 605 kg including driver and camera for qualifying, 600 kg for race

Engine: BMW P84/5
Type: Normally aspirated V10
Cylinder angle: 90 degrees
Displacement: 2,998 cc
Cylinders: Four valves per cylinder
Valve drive: Pneumatic
Engine block: Aluminium
Cylinder head: Aluminium
Crankshaft: Steel
Oil system: Dry sump lubrication
Engine management: BMW
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This is awesome! The cars are being launched, the testings are underway, now i cant wait for the season to start!
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it looks nice and i'm happy to see no radical designs..
esp after the walrus episode

but more importantly.. nick heidfeld is the 2nd racing driver..
with pizzonia remainging as test driver
think its good move.. nick is def the quicker of the 2..
bmw will be happy.. he was no doubt their pick ( he's german )

( nick is the happier looking of the 2 ! )
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BMW.Williams F1 Team will be a team with 0 Wins against BOTH their Driver records ....
Last time it happened was in 1999 when team had Ralf Schumacher and Alex Zanardi
and in 2000 also with Ralf and Jenson Button ......

I think that record will be changed by the end of the season as i expect BMW Williams to score one or two victories and Nick and Mark both are capable of doing that ... Time for them to have champagne on the Top Step ....

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Fascinating facts and figures on the new Williams FW27, which was launched at Valencia:

1.3 terabytes of aero data processed in CFD (1 terabyte is a thousand million bytes, equivalent to 69,333 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

250,000 man hours of design time has been spent on the FW27, with a further 250,000 man hours required in fabrication and build.

4,500 drawings have been produced in the design of the FW27 chassis. End-on-end, these drawings would stretch for 5.350km with a further 4 km expected to be produced to support the FW27s lifecycle. By the end of the season, drawings would reach from London to Buenos Aires.

The FW27 will accelerate from standing to 200kmh in five seconds, and deceleration forces on board will reach 5g. 1g equates to driving into a brick wall at 30kmh.

Brake temperatures to generate the deceleration will reach 600 C in one second On board the FW27, exhaust temperatures reach 950 C and even the air temperature in the pneumatic valve system reaches temperatures two and half times boiling point at 250 C.

The BMW P84/5 contains 5,000 individual components, and takes 100 man hours to build. BMW have historically produced approximately 200 engines per season, but this figure will reduce in 2005.

BMW produce 1,000 drawings in the design of each engine.

The BMW engine weighs less than 90 kilograms.

At 19,000 rpm, 316.7 revolutions and 1,583.3 ignitions take place each second in the BMW F1 engine. 9,500 engine speed measurements are made, the pistons cover a distance of 25 metres, and 550 litres of air are drawn in. In the P84, maximum piston acceleration was 10,000g. Peak piston speed was 40 metres per second.

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