Mercedes has turned its entire Formula 1 operation into a CPAP manufacturing centre to start delivering to the demand for breathing devices.
The Formula 1 World Champions are one of seven teams involved in ‘Project Pitlane’, an initiative to share knowledge and resources to help tackle the virus pandemic that has put a great amount of strain on the emergency services around the world.
Mercedes, in co-operation with University College London, helped develop a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device in under 100 hours, answering a call from the UK government that at least 10,000 units need to be produced to help reserve intensive care units for those that need it the most.
The Silver Arrows have also made the product specifications of the reverse engineered CPAP device widely available for free so other manufacturing bases can join in with the production.
Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes-AMG high performance powertrains, said: “Since the project was announced, we have received an incredible number of enquiries about the CPAP device from around the world.
“Making the design and manufacturing specifications openly available will allow companies around the world to produce these devices at speed and at scale to support the global response to Covid-19.
The devices are now being produced at a rate of up to 1,000 a day at the HPP technology centre in Brixworth, which has now been completely repurposed.
40 machines that would normally produce F1 pistons and turbochargers are being used for production of the CPAP devices.