New BMW engine ahead of schedule

New BMW engine ahead of schedule

BMW has been hard at work on the new P84 engine and is already two weeks ahead of schedule, according to motorsport director Mario Theissen. As early as July the unit was on the test bench and then tested on track at Monza at the beginning of ...

BMW has been hard at work on the new P84 engine and is already two weeks ahead of schedule, according to motorsport director Mario Theissen. As early as July the unit was on the test bench and then tested on track at Monza at the beginning of September. Based on its predecessor, the P83, the new engine will have to capitalize on the reliability of 2003 to cope with the new regulations for 2004. Engine life has to last a whole race weekend next season -- a change may be made in the case of failure but teams will be penalized.

Dr Mario Theissen and Nico Rosberg.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"Since our F1 comeback in 2000 we have improved our quality control net again and again, thus laying an important foundation for the 2004 season when reliability will more important than ever because of the new one engine per weekend regulation," said Theissen.

"To achieve an increased mileage -- and the mileage for the 2004 season must be increased about 100 percent -- each single part had to be designed to be tougher. The challenge was to double the steadfastness of the BMW P83 engine while increasing its weight as little as possible and without a major loss of performance. Therefore each of its components had to be designed as sturdy as necessary and at the same time as light as possible."

BMW is widely acknowledged to have the best engine on the grid and in 2003 Williams was regularly outperforming the famously reliable but less powerful Ferraris. "The steadfastness of our engines has been extremely satisfying," said Theissen. BMW is confident it has risen to the challenge of next year the ongoing development of the P84 is looking good.

"Since the engine has been running for the first time, there has taken place continuous-operation development and continuous-operation test with again and again new components and settings," Theissen concluded. "Compared to the 2003 season we are two weeks ahead of our schedule."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Rosberg , Mario Theissen
Teams Ferrari , Williams