Radical changes inside and out for Manor Racing’s MRT05

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Pascal Wehrlein drives the Manor MRT05 during the opening test session of 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on Monday. Photo Credit – Al Staley / LAT Photographic

Pascal Wehrlein drives the Manor MRT05 during the opening test session of 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on Monday. Photo Credit – Al Staley / LAT Photographic

Manor Racing logoPascal Wehrlein gave Manor Racing’s new MRT05 chassis its first laps at Barcelona on Monday as the team aims for a major leap in performance in 2016. The totally new car owes nothing to the 2015 Marussia last year and features a Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox and other components, and thus the team is in a much stronger position than ever before. The recent addition of former Ferrari/McLaren men Pat Fry and Nicholas Tombazis has also given the team a boost.

The all-new Manor Racing MRT05 breaks cover this morning at the Circuit de Barcelona in southern Spain. John McQuilliam (Technical Director) and Dave Ryan (Racing Director) give us the heads-up before Pascal Wehrlein takes the car for its first road test.

John. Dream Racer?
“Absolutely. Even at this early stage of the game, we can easily say this is the best car we’ve ever launched. Certainly the most developed, the most ambitious and the most aggressive. The overall package is a very significant step forward, not just from last year, but from any of the cars from our stable. So yes, we have a long way to go from here in terms of developing the MRT05, but it’s already a dream package for the 154 Manor Racing people who’ve worked so hard to design and build it. In a small team like ours, every single individual has played their part.”

What’s so special?
“Well, for starters, it’s all new. As it should be of course, but we had to ‘make do’ last year and that’s not what we’re here for. We build fast race cars for a living and it’s great to get back to doing what we love. We’re also pretty good at it, when we have the right tools for the job. So that in itself is quite special. Better still, the MRT05 is a contender. We really believe that. The design team have focused almost exclusively on it since the middle of last season and it’s just a whole different ball game to any of its predecessors. We haven’t left any performance on the table and right now I can say there’s not a single part of the car we’d have designed differently.”

So what has it got on it?
“We’ve carried over the 2015 fire extinguisher (winks), the rest is brand new. Some 3393 different parts in fact and that’s just our in-house components. We delayed the monocoque programme to wait for the new Power Unit, which was well worth waiting for of course. The Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid Power Unit is a magnificent feat of engineering and we’re proud and excited to be powered by championship-winning technology developed by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. We also have a very competitive transmission package thanks to our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, who supply our gearbox and other rear-end components. Together with the efforts of our accomplished aero and mechanical design teams, that’s a pretty impressive package.”

You love it, don’t you?
“Absolutely. It was already a great-looking car but the new livery is stunning.”

First road test coming up. What are you thinking?
“I’ll get back to you later today.”

Dave, more or less 90 days in your new role. How has that gone for you?
“It’s been a very busy time, but it has really served to underline everything I thought when I first agreed to join the team – a great little operation, with huge potential and the vision and ambition to make a big step forward. There was a lot to do to prepare for this season. The team did a laudable job last year given its circumstances over the previous winter. This year, with the package we have, we need to be every inch the professional racing outfit. That’s where I’ve been focusing my attentions.”

Two new technical partnerships to get to grips with. How are those relationships developing within the team?
“Fantastically well. Our Mercedes HPP and Williams Advanced Engineering personnel have been installed in the factory for quite some time now and both of their headquarters are less than an hour away from our factory in Banbury. So we have all the resource and support we need pretty much on tap. It’s a really nice, easy relationship, with everyone working together very closely on our factory floor. The transition has been pretty seamless.”

What about the peddlers?
“Pascal and Rio are a great addition to our team. They are young and hungry but, crucially, experienced racers with a lot of talent and a great deal of potential. We’re very proud that they’re making their F1 debut with Manor Racing.”

What can we expect from Manor Racing this season?
“Respectability and competitiveness. We are done with just turning up just to make everyone else look good and every single person in this Team is looking forward to the first race in Melbourne in a few weeks’ time. We know we have to improve in every area and in no way do we underestimate the opposition, but we have assembled a great group of people, we have a fantastic technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz and Williams Advanced Engineering and now it’s up to us to deliver.”

Manor Racing has chosen Rio Haryanto(center) for its second race seat, completing a young and hungry 2016 driver line-up.

Manor Racing has chosen Rio Haryanto(center) for its second race seat, completing a young and hungry 2016 driver line-up.

SPECIFICATION

Chassis Name: MRT05

CHASSIS
Chassis Material: Chassis – Manor Racing moulded composite with aluminium honeycomb core

Bodywork: Moulded carbon fibre with Nomex core

Safety Structures: Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures and forward and rear roll structures.
Suspension
Front – Manor Racing full composite. Pushrod to rockers with torsion springs and inboard damping . Rear – Williams Advanced Engineering
Dampers:Front – Penske . Rear – Williams Advanced Engineering
Steering: Manor Racing power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels: APP Tech forged magnesium
Tyres: Pirelli

Brakes
Brake system – carbon / carbon discs and pads, Manor Racing rear brake-by-wire
Discs: Carbone Industries
Pads: Carbone Industries
Calipers: AP Racing
Fuel Cell: ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Electronics: FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Front Track: 1799mm
Rear Track: 1799mm
Overall Length: 5000mm
Overall Height: 949mm
Overall weight: 702kg
Cooling: PWR

COCKPIT
Cockpit Instrumentation: MESL
Car-Team Radio Transmission: FOM
Telemetry: FOM
Steering Wheel: Manor Racing carbon fibre moulded
Seat: Manor Racing composite moulded
Seatbelts: Sabelt 5-point
Extinguisher System: FEV

POWERTRAIN
Power Unit: Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid
Exhaust: Mercedes-Benz
ERS: Mercedes-Benz
Fuel: PETRONAS Primax
Lubricants: PETRONAS Syntium
Functional Fluids: PETRONAS Tutela

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox: Williams Advanced Engineering eight-speed forward, one reverse unit
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch: AP Racing carbon plate

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