The game of Formula One musical engine bays continues with the announcement that Williams F1 has signed a long-term deal to switch to Mercedes engines from 2014, bringing Williams' partnership with Renault to a close after just two years. Williams will get the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and KERS from Mercedes, but will use an in-house gearbox.

At the moment, that means four teams will have its engines supplied by Mercedes: its own team, Williams, Force India and McLaren, but at the end of 2014 McLaren will switch to Honda. Next year, Renault will be supplying Infiniti Red Bull, Toro Rosso has just agreed to switch to Renault from Ferrari, and Lotus and Caterham are expected to remain. Ferrari will have its team, for sure, but its deal with Sauber hasn't been confirmed. Marussia is the only team left and it is talking to both Mercedes and Ferrari about a deal for next year.

On the sidelines of the jockeying, McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh has called the 2014 regulations an "own goal" for the sport because of their expense - he believes the engineers were given such free reign that the development costs could be damaging to the budgets of the smaller teams. Next year's engines will need to go the distance with 220 pounds of fuel and a KERS that is ten times more powerful than the present unit.

The press release below has more on the Williams deal with AMG High Performance Powertrains.
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The Williams F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz announce long-term engine partnership

Brixworth, May 30, 2013 -- The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) and Mercedes-Benz are pleased to announce the signature of a long-term engine partnership from the 2014 Formula One World Championship season onwards.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will be supplied with a Mercedes-Benz Power Unit (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission.

The 2014 regulations will set the sport's engineers the challenge of completing a 300 km race distance on a fuel load of just 100 kg. To do so, teams will switch from naturally aspirated 2.4 litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged hybrid Power Units. To achieve power outputs comparable to current levels from the new Power Unit will require a 30% increase in energy efficiency.

This step forward will be largely achieved through an Energy Recovery System (ERS) that will be able to deploy ten times more energy than the current KERS. The new ERS will recover energy from both the exhaust turbine and the rear axle, as well as deploying energy back to both.
These new technical developments will offer significantly greater opportunities for technology transfer from Formula One to real-world applications in areas such as battery technology, turbocharging, energy recovery and combustion efficiency.

Speaking about the new engine partnership, Williams F1 Team Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams said; "I'm delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond. Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport's most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will have an extremely competitive engine package. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Renault for their continued hard work since we renewed our engine partnership at the beginning of the 2012 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in much success over the years, including powering us to winning ways once again last year at the Spanish Grand Prix."

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said "The announcement of this partnership is exciting news for Williams. Securing the right engine supply partnership is a key milestone in the implementation of our strategy for long term success. We are also pleased to conclude this agreement early in the season and we very much look forward to working with Mercedes AMG HPP in developing our 2014 race car."

Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP, commented: "It is a very proud moment for everybody at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to announce the start of this new partnership with the Williams F1 Team. Williams is one of the sport's iconic names and we are very excited to be working together towards a successful future under the new regulations. A further positive is that this new agreement provides Mercedes-Benz with the long-term stability of supplying our works team and at least two partners from the 2015 season onwards, following the conclusion of our relationship with McLaren at the end of next season."

Toto Wolff, Executive Director of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, concluded: "The proud heritage of Williams and the company's commitment to technological excellence make it a perfect long-term partner for Mercedes-Benz under the new powertrain regulations. It is a win-win situation for both HPP and Williams, which will ensure HPP is able to supply at least three teams on a long-term basis under the new regulations and could open interesting new perspectives for technology transfer. We look forward to enjoying much success together over the coming years."


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      ThomasP
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much for WIlliams-Renault vs McLaren-Honda
      vroooomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      sell as a crate engine?
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vroooomy
        If you have millions to spend on one..... Then run it for 5 track days and it's ready for a rebuild.... Or sooner if you drive it harder.
      alphaass
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jonathon, I think you meant "free rein," not "free reign" that is in the article.
      Wael Al-Rihawi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I spy an electrically assisted turbocharger ... It is about time to invest a bit in this technology!
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM needs to team up with Sauber after that deal with Ferrari runs out.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Engines of the future...... Looks like a replacement for displacement to me..... If only everyone could afford this tech.
      Temple
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprised Williams isn't using their own KERS system, the technology showed its potential in the Audi R18 hybrid at LeMans. Ferrari may struggle without a B-team to get mileage on the new engine. Without Toro Rosso, and potentially without Sauber or Marussia, its going to be an uphill battle for Ferrari without strong partners to test a very complicated new engine system. Especially as parent company Fiat is having money issues.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Temple
        Maybe Williams has a newer KERS for the 2014 cars.