Next Tuesday (1st February 2011) in Valencia, Mercedes GP will be unveiling the new car to be driven by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in the 2011 Formula One Season. Have a look at the first photo of the new Silver Arrow on Autoblog UK. It looks shiny enough, but will it shine in terms of performance?
Facts and figures about the new Silver Arrow:
- Name: MGP W02 – MGP is an acronym of the team name, Mercedes GP Petronas; the 'W' in W02 stands for 'Wagen' (car) and the digits '02' for the sequence in the series.
- The first Silver Arrow of the new era made its debut precisely one year before on 1st February 2010. The team has spent the intervening twelve months working on the concept and design of the MGP W02.
- The MGP W02 incorporates a further development of the Mercedes KERS system, which was reputed to be the best of the bunch in the 2009 F1 season and played a decisive role in Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Hungarian GP, the first win for a KERS car in the history of the series.
- The MGP W02 is the fourth Silver Arrow to have been built for Formula One racing exclusively by a Mercedes works team: in 1954 and 1955, it was the W196, and in 2010, the MGP W01.
- Results for the W196 in the 1954 and 1955 seasons: 17 podium finishes, nine victories, nine fastest laps, eight pole positions and two championship titles (both for Juan Manuel Fangio).
- According to three separate and independent surveys conducted in Germany in late 2010 and early 2011, fans regard Mercedes as the "most successful marque in motor racing". Respondents were the readers of the trade journals auto, motor und sport and Auto Zeitung, plus around 4,000 members of the public in the Auto Marxx poll conducted by the ADAC. All three surveys asked participants the same question: "Which is the most successful brand name in motor sport?" In the results, Mercedes-Benz consistently occupied first place.