F1 Mercedes team to deliver breathing devices to UK hospitals in fight against virus
LONDON: Formula One team Mercedes will start delivering breathing devices to Britain National Health service this week to help in the fight against coronavirus .
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, which help coronavirus patients with lung infections to breathe more easily, were produced in less than a week and have been cleared for use after patient trials across London.
The British government has ordered 10,000 of the devices being produced at a rate of up to 1,000 per day in the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains technology center in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.
Since the project was announced, we have received an incredible number of inquiries about the CPAP device from around the world. Andy Cowell , Managing Director of Mercedes -AMG High Performance Powertrains, said on Tuesday.
Making design and manufacturing specifications available on an 'open source' basis will allow companies around the world to produce these devices at high speed and scale to support the global response to Covid-19.
There are 40 machines, which would normally produce F1 pistons and turbochargers, being used for production of the devices, developed by Mercedes engineers in a partnership with University College London as part of F1's Project Pitlane response to the health crisis.
Teacher David Lomas , UCL Vice Health Provider, said: These life-saving devices will provide vital support to the NHS in the coming weeks, helping to keep patients off ventilators and reducing the demand for beds and intensive care personnel.
It is a phenomenal achievement that they reach hospitals only two weeks after the construction of the first prototype. It shows what can be done when universities, hospitals, and industry work together for the national good.
All seven British Formula One teams are involved in boosting the supply of critical care equipment in hospitals across the UK.