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Tech Talk: Mercedes engine advantage explained

Mercedes have an obvious advantage over their rivals in the power unit department thanks to a clever design innovation which has been widely discussed. As you can see in our power unit diagram of the Mercedes V6 above, they have split the turbo. The 'turbo cool' (charge air) is located at the front of the engine near the driver, whereas the 'turbo hot' is at the back of the engine toward the exhaust outlet. This is unique to the Mercedes power unit. The reason for this is to keep the blue turbo as cool as possible. As you can see on the Renault V6 diagram below, the French manufacturer has followed the traditional route of placing the turbo's together. The heat generated by the red turbo...
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