2016 Williams FW38 F1 Challenger rolls out

Williams FW38 Williams Martini Racing have unveiled its 2016 Formula One challenger, the FW38, ahead of next week’s first official pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. For a third successive season the iconic red, white and blue stripes of Williams Racing will be lining up on the Formula One grid, with the team looking to build on a successful 2015 season that resulted in four podiums and a third place finish in the Constructors’ Championship.

Formula 1’s sole private team is still going strong after more than three decades in the business. The drivers roster for the new season comprises of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who are teaming up for a third consecutive season. The team believe that their drivers work well together as both have the ideal blend of speed and consistency. “Securing third in the Constructors’ championship for two consecutive years is a great achievement and one that comes with a lot of expectation – a momentum which I am excited to build on going into the new season,” Massa said. “The team at the factory have worked really hard on the new car and we have spent a lot of time understanding where we need to improve. I have a lot of confidence in the team at Williams and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the FW38 to see how it performs. I’m equally delighted to be teammates with Valtteri for another year.”

Bottas, who continues on his fourth season with Williams, added, “This is always a really interesting and exciting time of the year because we have a new car and we can’t wait to get it out on track to see how it feels and how fast it is. It’s been a good winter and from what I’ve seen we seem to be headed in a good direction with this car. Testing next week will be our chance to see how our performance has improved since the last race. The development of the FW38 has been all positive in theory, now we just need to see it on track.”

Eventhough the Williams FW38 isn’t the final product, the car is bound to receive further upgrades prior to the season opener at the Australian Grand Prix in March. Compared to the FW37, the latest Williams F1 car gets improved low- to high-speed performance, more power from improved combustion and a sharper engine sound. With regards to sporting regulations, there are some changes on tyre usage for the new season. It has long been recognized that the more prescriptive a set of rules are, the more similar the outcomes of a competition will be. It was decided to introduce an additional fifth tyre compound at the soft end of the spectrum and, more importantly, give the teams greater freedom in the choice of tyres they use.

The FW38 will take to the track for the first time on 22 February for eight days of testing that concludes on 4 March. The season officially gets under way at the first race in Melbourne on 20 March.

Williams Martini Racing FW38 Specifications

Overall length: 5000mm
Overall height: 950mm
Overall width: 1800mm

Chassis construction Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb
Front/Rear suspension Double wishbone, push-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 Aptech forged magnesium
Tyres Pirelli, Fronts: 245/660-13, Rears: 325/660-13
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, shoulder straps & HANS system, carbon fiber seat

Power Unit Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid
Internal Combustion Engine: Capacity 1.6 liters Cylinders Six
Bank angle 90
No of valves 24
Max rpm 15,000 rpm
Max fuel flow rate 100 kg/hour
Fuel injection High-pressure direct injection, Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine on a common shaft, Max rpm exhaust turbine 125,000 rpm
ERS Mercedes AMG HPP