In mission-critical situations that arise on track during the course of a Grand Prix weekend, engineers on the pit wall need to make the right calls within seconds. And, since the beginning of the 2016 season, those on the Silver Arrows pit wall have benefited from a more comfortable working environment in which to make those race-defining decisions thanks to a new air conditioning system, supported by fans from ebm-papst.
On the Mercedes AMG Petronas Pit Wall, five engineers monitor the performance of both cars during each race - paying close attention to even the smallest of details. The strategists, for example, must analyse over 150,000 possible scenarios in real time to help determine the plan for each race.
Following on from the successful implementation of a unique garage cooling solution introduced in 2014, the air conditioning system used to keep team members and electronic systems on the pit wall cool has also been significantly improved for the 2016 season. A simple fan with uncooled air previously did the job - but now, fresh technology has added a new level of cool performance.
The switch to real air conditioning makes the working environment on the pit wall far more comfortable for those key team members operating from this work station. Even during races in hot locations, such as those in Asia, it has now become significantly more straightforward to remain cool - even in the heat of a track battle. Electronic systems on the pit wall also now run at optimal operating temperatures, which is crucial to ensuring the team has the tools needed at its disposal functioning correctly at all times.
The engineers can adjust the amount of cool air directed towards them via a total of 10 air outlets installed between the top of the pit wall work surface and the telemetry monitors. Two air conditioning units on the sides of the command center generate cold air, before the high-performance centrifugal blowers from ebm-papst, with their single inlets and forward-curved blades, guide that air into the outlets and across the electronic systems.
It was a simple decision for the team to choose their fan supplier for such a system. Having already successfully delivered a number of projects with ebm-papst, including the garage air conditioning system and on-car cooling hardware, ebm-papst were the logical choice.
The ability to quickly supply the ideal fans for the application from their product range and ensure that the project could be turned around as quickly as possible provided the team with a critical advantage.