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BMW Super Bild Of The Day: FW26 Williams BMW

Interesting | May 15th, 2012 by 8
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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 …

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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  • auaq

    The horsepower figures were somewhere in the 950+ hp region and so were other engine manufacturers. BMW f1 engines during the 2001, 2002, 2003 season had the most powerful engines across the grid. In 2004, it was the Honda’s turn to be on the top of the table. I do not know much about the 2005 season unfortunately.

  • Giom

    Pity the chassis couldn’t cash in on the engine performance. Compared to today’s cars, this ones’ a beaut!

    • Manny Antunes

      New F1 cars with their new nose cones are hideous!

    • He-46

      Beauty like many things is in the eye of the beholder, so they say. BMW’s engine was closer to 950 BHP, and the engine was pretty. New use of materials included titanium primarily for refractory applications and carbon fiber intakes. Innovations included shaping the underbody to maximize cooling and optimize aerodynamics. The engine was if anything beautiful!

  • Roland Renno

    The BMW engine was always among the most powerful engines if not the most powerful. The chassis was so weak to the extent that no matter how good the engine is, it’s always a lose-lose result. It’s a shame BMW didn’t buy Sauber earlier, like in 2001. Anyways, Williams have always failed to deliver a package, and the prove is even present.

  • auaq

    Can’t wait for the return of the turbo!

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