F1: 2014 Renault Formula One Turbo V6 Engine Unveiled

Peter Anderson | Mar 20, 2013

Just as the 2013 season kicks off, Renaultsport has revealed details of the engine that will take F1 back to the Eighties: a 1.6 litre, turbocharged V6.

The 2014 season will see a radical change in rules for the pinnacle of open-wheeled motorsport, with the engines downsized and use of energy harvesting given more prominence.

In an effort to reduce consumption and at least give the impression F1 is relevant to road cars, the new V6s will use less fuel and expand the use of electric power from the simple KERS boost button.

The new engine is expected to cut fuel consumption by 40 percent while maintaining the F1 power standard of around 550kW.

As per the rules, the Renaultsport V6 revs to 15,000rpm, 3,000 less than the current 2.4 litre V8.

The cars may only carry a single exhaust system rather than the current twin arrangement, meaning the FIA can exert a little more control over the use of exhaust gases for aerodynamic purposes.

The 2014 KERS will double in output - 120kW, up from the current 60kW - and a new electric motor will harvest power from the exhaust and can be used to keep the turbo spinning to avoid dreaded turbo lag.

As with the current engine formula, all other engine manufacturers must follow suit, so Mercedes and Ferrari are expected to follow along sometime soon. Honda is rumoured to be re-entering the sport with McLaren for the 2015 season.

Honda's turbo-powered machines of the Eighties were the stuff of legend, powering Lotus, Williams and perhaps most famously, McLaren.

Honda engines won 71 grands prix and powered six constructor's championships between 1983 and 1992.

There was a great deal of concern about the sound of the new engines, including F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Mercedes-Benz sought to allay fears by inviting journalists to hear the new engine in action at its UK base, with the press reporting a positive response to the new unit's sound.

What won't change is the mandated standard engine control unit (ECU). Produced in a joint-venture between McLaren and Microsoft, all teams must run the standard ECU so the FIA can keep an eye on any rule-bending.

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  • Zandit75 says,
    1 year ago
    What is the new capacity of the engines?
    • amlohac says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      1.6L

      If you care to read the first sentence.
      • Mike Stevens
        Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
        1 year ago
        3 likes
        No no, it was in the original copy and somehow fell out of the final piece. We've re-added it, so Zandit was right to ask.

        Cheers fellas.
  • FrugalOne says,
    1 year ago
    2 likes
    So we have gone full circle as Renault was first out of the blocks with a sole turbo racer in 77? cool

    Total nonsense anyway, nothing wrong with the current power plant, why these expensive changes and tie up engineering depts. to develop them

    Silly little-Bernie, very silly biggrin
    • Lindsay says,
      1 year ago
      2 likes
      Bernie was against this; it's the FIA pushing it through. I do enjoy seeing Bernie not getting his way.

      And Renault's not complaining, it gives them a chance to get back on par with Mercedes and Ferrari.
      • FrugalOne says,
        1 year ago
        3 likes

        And Renault's not complaining, it gives them a chance to get back on par with Mercedes and Ferrari.


        Best you look under the bonnet, ever heard of Vettel/RedBull?, everybody is chasing them, they are the gun team for sure ["Powered by Renault"] smile

      • amlohac says,
        1 year ago
        1 like
        A chance to catch up?

        Remind me again of how many teams run Renault engines, and what engine powers oh say... Red Bull?
  • slap says,
    1 year ago
    This is old news, this was revealed weeks ago. Also this type of engine was the doing of the FIA and the manufactures not Bernie, he was strongly against it
    • Sam says,
      1 year ago
      And if you read the article you would see that this isn't the announcement. It is the technical brief released by Renault on their engine.
      • slap says,
        1 year ago
        What Renault released wrong information Sam? Their will be no kers button next year, it will be an electrical assisted v6, no driver interaction. This was written by peter not Renault.
  • Oosh says,
    1 year ago
    The turbo and ERS systems on these new engines are a lot more interesting and complex than your article gives them credit. There is NOTHING 80's about it.
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      1 year ago
      2 likes
      It's a reference merely to their cylinder count, Oosh. I don't think anybody is labouring under the impression that these engines are archaic.

      Cheers,

      Mike.
  • Doctor says,
    1 year ago
    This looks like a 90 degree Vee. Why? V6s ideally s/be 60 degrees.
    • Geoff Wong says,
      12 months ago
      It would be so weird if they knew more about designing engines than you do
  • Bart Alanson says,
    1 year ago
    15000rpm is boring!

    Why not downsize and allow unlimited revs?

    The thrill of modern F1 cars is largely down to the crazy sound they make.
  • BH says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    more importantly.. when can I get 550kw from my 1.6l engine???
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      1 year ago
      3 likes
      When you don't intend to use it for more than a few races wink
  • Bretto says,
    11 months ago
    Don't understand why they ever got rid of turbochargers love the new rules!!!
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