The Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ 2017 is a Formula One car designed and built by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for use in the 2017 Formula One season. It first appears in Gran Turismo Sport, where it was introduced as part of Update 1.23.
The car represented in the game is the #44 driven by Lewis Hamilton, who drove this car to his fourth Driver's Championship, scoring nine victories during the season. Additionally, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport also won the Constructor's Championship. The second driver, Valtteri Bottas, too won three races and finished third in the standings.
In addition to Hamilton's #44 car, an alternate version of the car, called Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ (Color Variation) 2017, is also available in the game. Apart from having different color options instead of the usual Petronas livery, both cars are otherwise identical.
Eleven colours are available for the "Color Variation" version of this car, they are unnamed in the game:
- Dark Gray
- Light Blue
- British Racing Green
In the first five colours, there are Mercedes-Benz logos on the nose and engine cover; the remaining colours do not feature any branding on the car.
The W08 EQ Power+ is a machine developed by Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport to compete in the 2017 F1 Grand Prix.
Mercedes made a full return to F1 racing in 2010 after a 55 year hiatus. They were one of the top 4 contenders from their starting year, but gradually gained in strength year by year, and from 2014 to 2016 they achieved double Constructors' and Drivers' championship title wins 3 years in a row. So aside from the changes to match new regulations for 2017, there seemed to be no major change in philosophy for their machine.
However there were frequent scenes where the drivers seemed to struggle with the setup as compared to last year, and where the car was fast in mid to high speed corners, it seemed to struggle with tracks that contained many low speed corners.
The power unit said to have produced approximately 936 BHP was the most powerful out of the 2017 machines, and it was fast overall throughout the season. With Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the wheel, they achieved a fantastic 15 pole positions and 12 victories out of 20 races. Again this year resulted in a double title victory for Mercedes, winning both the Constructors' and Drivers' championship titles.
Both standard and "Color Variation" versions of this car can be purchased in the Mercedes-Benz section of Brand Central for 2,000,000 Credits each. It can also be acquired by getting all gold in Lewis Hamilton Time Trial Challenge
- Presumably due to licensing issues, this is currently the only car in Gran Turismo Sport that can't be entered in the Livery Editor. This limitation is also applied to the car's "Color Variation" version.
- This is one of four licensed Formula 1 cars in the series, the others being the Ferrari F10, F2007 and Lotus 97T.
- The steering wheel of the car contains Valteri Bottas' part/homologation number ("2017-L00-0061 BOTTAS L16"). This error was fixed in version 1.25; the steering wheel part number now reads "2017-L00-0061 HAMILTON L16".
- The update also fixes a glitch where the car could have infinite acceleration when the fuel is empty.