The Mercedes Formula One team will start sending breathing apparatus to the British National Health Service this week to help fight the corona virus.
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device, which helps coronavirus patients with lung infections breathe more easily, is produced in less than a week and has been cleaned for use after a patient trial in London.
The British government has ordered 10,000 devices that are being produced “at speeds up to 1,000 per day” at the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains technology center in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.
“Since the project was announced, we have received a large number of questions about CPAP devices from around the world,” Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, said on Tuesday.
“Providing design and manufacturing specifications based on open source” will enable companies worldwide to produce these devices with speed and scale to support the global response to Covid-19. ”
There are 40 engines, which usually produce F1 pistons and turbochargers, which are used for the production of devices, which were developed by Mercedes engineers in partnership with University College London as part of the Project Pitlane F1 response to the health crisis.
Professor David Lomas, UCL Health Provost Representative, said: “This life-saving device will provide vital support for the NHS in the coming weeks, helping keep patients away from ventilators and reduce bed demand and intensive care staff.
“This is a phenomenal achievement that they arrived at the hospital just two weeks after the first prototype was built. This shows what can be done when universities, hospitals and industries work together for the national good. ”
All seven Formula One teams based in the UK are involved in increasing the supply of critical care equipment in hospitals throughout the UK.
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