How Mercedes F1's Ingenious Split Turbo Works

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We've known that Mercedes F1 split their turbo in half, but this excellent tech video, put together by ex-F1 racer Martin Brundle and SkyF1, explains why it's just so effective.

The video is worth it for the technical animations alone, but it's amazing to see how the relatively simple solution cascades into a number of benefits across multiple systems on the Mercedes grand prix car.


Raphael Orlove

If you're wondering what kind of advantage this is, the two Mercedes cars pulled a six second lead over the rest of the field barely two laps after the late race restart at the last GP. They were up to an 11 second lead not long after that.