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Question Mercedes F1 Engines

So...in F1 we have the Mercedes factory team, Force India, and McLaren all using MB engines. Are they identical crate engines....short blocks, long blocks? Does MB provide engineering assist to all the teams?


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Curiously the engines made for F1 by the "Mercedes" F1 factory are not really M-B.

Here's where they came from:

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (previously known as Mercedes-Ilmor, then Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines) is a British Formula One engine manufacturer, owned by Mercedes-Benz. Since 1995, their engines have powered McLaren's Formula One cars. For the 2009 season, Mercedes-Benz also supplied the Brawn GP and Force India teams with engines. Since 2010, Mercedes supplies McLaren, Force India and the new Mercedes-Benz works team, Mercedes AMG (formed of the Brawn GP team, which Mercedes bought after the end of the 2009 season).

Ilmor was founded by Mario Illien and Paul Morgan in 1983, as an independent British Formula One engine manufacturer. The company name was taken from the surnames of the founders. It originally started building engines for IndyCars with the money of IndyCar team owner and chassis manufacturer Roger Penske.
Daimler-Benz acquired Chevrolet's 25% share of Ilmor in 1993. In 2002 Daimler AG increased its share to 55% and renamed the company Mercedes-Ilmor. In 2005 Daimler became the sole owner of Ilmor and renamed the company Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd. In December 2011, the company was renamed to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains along with the renaming of Mercedes GP to incorporate the Mercedes-AMG brand.
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Seems like the English pretty much have F1 dominace......with most constructors and suppliers based in England. I have always appreciated English innovation and engineering.
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