FW25 launch video at zdf.de
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FW25 article at my.brickyard.com
The BMW WilliamsF1 team learned some tough lessons in 2002, and those lessons have been applied to the new car that Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher will drive in this year’s Formula One World Championship.

Team owner Sir Frank Williams: “Last year was tough and taught us a lot of lessons. We have set high targets for this year. We hope that this car is a big step forward” Williams-BMW finished second in the Constructors Championship last year, but Williams admitted the team has a way to go to catch Ferrari. “It’s not a summit that will be easily conquered but we are determined to get to the top”

The design group, headed by chief designer Gavin Fisher, created this year’s FW25. “Everything has changed” Fisher said when asked to compare the FW25 to last year’s FW24. “Every component is different, and beneath the bodywork are some completely new concepts” The FW25 has a shorter wheelbase than the FW24, and this will reduce the rear tire wear problems that the car sometimes suffered last year.

Williams Technical Director Patrick Head: “The car is shorter and that has an affect on many aspects of the car. The way the rear suspension is mounted to the gearbox is very different compared to last year, and this will improve the stability of the rear of the car”

On the engine side, partner BMW has built a new V10 based on the previous two models. BMW also worked to achieve the usual goals of any engine manufacturer: reduce the weight and center of gravity and increase RPM, power and reliability. BMW Motorsport Director Dr. Mario Theissen: “The P83 is an all new engine based on the P80 and P82 that we have used in the last two seasons. It’s always difficult to balance reliability versus performance, not only in the design of the engine but in the way you develop it throughout the season. If you want to be competitive, you have to take some risks”

The BMW will start the season with approximately the same horsepower it produced at the end of last season, but that figure will grow as the season progresses.

Ralf Schumacher: “With the gap we had last year to Ferrari, it would be silly to say that we can challenge for the championship. But we should be able to win more races this year”
FW25 article at f1.racing-live.com
Patrick Head, Technical Director of WilliamsF1: "The chassis derives little from previous cars. The approach has called for the generation of new ideas. 2002 showed us that our chassis was a model of reliability, but that there's still room for improvement particularly on the aerodynamic front. That's why the FW25 is a completely new race car"

The FW25 is shorter than the FW24, under the skin all of the key installations are reworked. In terms of the aero package, WilliamsF1 has approached this car with a new philosophy, which is apparent in the different visual appearance. The FW25 was designed by a team led by Chief Designer Gavin Fisher at the WilliamsF1 headquarters in Grove, while the engine was designed at the BMW F1 factory in Munich under the guidance of Heinz Paschen (Director of F1 Development)

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "To achieve our aims we have built an even more powerful engine in Munich. Yet again, we were the first to test it on the track and even earlier than last year. The BMW P83, like its two predecessors, is designed to be the most powerful engine in Formula One"

Team Principal Frank Williams: "We are well prepared and completely determined to get to the top. We have a new, innovative chassis as a product of a completely different way of thinking. And with the P83, BMW has developed another new and more powerful engine. With Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher we have two winning drivers ably assisted by a skilled and committed team. Moreover, we have been very impressed by the performance steps taken by Michelin over the winter"

BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger: "We want to pick up from where we left off in terms of our qualifying performance of 2002, especially under the new regulations for a single timed lap. But for the 2003 season we have firmly resolved to claim more wins and podium places. We're focused ahead while also keeping an eye on the competition in the rear-view mirror"

The partnership between WilliamsF1 and BMW enters its fourth year in 2003, and having so far demonstrated a year-on-year progression towards the ultimate goal of securing a world championship title by 2004, both organisations are acutely aware that there is significant expectation for the season ahead to realise the team's ultimate ambitions.
FW25 technical specs
from grandprix.com.au
Transmission - WilliamsF1
Clutch - Automotive Products
Chassis - Carbon/epoxy composite, manufactured by WilliamsF1
Suspension - WilliamsF1
Steering - WilliamsF1
Cooling system - Two water radiators, two oil radiators either side of the chassis
Brakes - Carbon Industrie discs and pads operated by AP callipers
Lubricants - Castrol
Fuel - Petrobras
Wheels - O.Z.Racing; 13 x 12 front, 13 x 13.7 rear
Tyres - Michelin
Cockpit instrumentation - WilliamsF1 digital data display allied with BMW HUD system (Ralf Schumacher)
Steering wheel - WilliamsF1

Driver’s seat - Anatomically formed in carbon/epoxy composite material with Alcantara covering
Extinguished systems - WilliamsF1/Safety Devices
Paint system - PPG Industries
Weight - 600 kg including driver and camera

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