Brixworth is a large village located between Oxford and Silverstone in the county of Northamptonshire. Despite its modest size, it is well known to anyone involved or interested in Formula 1. This is because Brixworth is the traditional home of racing car manufacturers and engine constructors. It is also home to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.
The company was founded under the name of Ilmor Engineering Ltd. in 1984. In 1994 Mercedes-Benz acquired a 25 percent stake in Ilmor. The remaining shares were acquired in 2005 and the wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG was renamed Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines. A further milestone in the company's development was the opening of the Technology Centre. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains delivers only five units of the current Formula 1 powertrain, the PU106A Hybrid Power Unit, per season - more are not allowed in the rules.
The powertrain builders have to meet the most demanding requirements in this respect:
materials that are particularly lightweight and resilient, and power units that are both high-performing yet durable. But technology alone won't do it - the engineers only truly enjoy the fruits of their labour if they make it onto the podium.