The FW26 BMW Williams F1 car for the 2004 Season was the last time Williams F1 team scored a Grand Prix win. The win was brought home by Juan Pablo Montoya at the wheel at the Brazilian GP at Interlagos. Eight years later and this past weekend Williams once again rose to the top step of the podium with Pastor Maldonado at the wheel, the very first win for a driver from Venezuela.
The almost entirely carbon fiber body of the FW26 was designed at the aerodynamic department of Williams, led by Antonia Terzi after she jumped ship from Ferrari two years earlier. Patrick Head, then technical director at BMW, labeled the nose cone of the FW26 as the “Walrus Nose.”
On the engine side, the BMW P84 was designed under the management of Heinz Paschen, Head of BMW Formula One Development. Compared to its predecessor, all components were modified to respond to the new regulations – using the engine over the entire weekend means doubling the life of the engine to 800 kilometers. Despite these rule changes, BMW was able to keep the engine’s dimensions and weight virtually the same, while further improving its performance. At just 2998cc, the 90 degree normally aspirated V10 was capable of producing 900 HP!
2005 was the last Season BMW partnered with Williams and in 2006 formed the BMW Sauber F1 team after acquiring the Swiss Formula 1 team.
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