June 21, 2013

2014 Renault Energy-F1 Power Plant Revealed.

Is that an intercooler in your sidepod or are you just happy to see me?

It's back to the future for the team responsible for the 1980s turbo revolution as Renault revealed their 2014 Formula 1 hybrid power plant.

The new engine is a 1.6 turbo v6 with direct injection and the new dual system Energy Recovery System mandated by the 2014 FIA engine regulations.    This evolution of the current KERS will produce 160 hp, twice as much power as the current engine assist.  The system is now divided between ERS- Kinetic ( similar in function to the current KERS ) and ERS-Heat which recovers energy via the exhaust.  

For more details on the 2014 ERS read THIS.

The official name is Renault Energy-F1 and is expected to produce about the same power as today's 2.4 liter engines.   New regulations are aimed at fuel economy, limiting rpm to 15000 and while leaving teams free to use any amount of turbo boost they choose, cuts flue flow by 40% over current spec engines.   Cars will also be allowed to carry only 100 kg of fuel per race, verses the current 160kg.

So, big space saving for the engine block, big fuel savings, as you can imagine, not a very big cost savings.  For example we're told a single turbo for one of these engine costs in the $100,000 range!


  1. When did you start posting porn to AoS, AC?

  2. so, what's going in the right side-pod? oversized radiator? odd corner balancing. whoever decided on single turbo w/v-config engine requires a face-punch; yeah, real-world applicable technology. bring back 3.5L V12s...

  3. I can't wait for 2015+ regulations, when the 1.07L 4-Cylinder with a 10,000 RPM redline comes out. At that time, I may get a superlicense and enter F1 with a modded 1994 Acura Integra GSR. And yes, it will have painted red calipers for better braking.

    Seriously, the pace might be there but I truly miss the V10 days.

  4. I initially thought the same thing about it just being the proverbial bundle of snakes, but then I remembered this.


    Now, theories abound that ERS will be used for extra boost AND as an anti-lag system. If you could achieve a perfectly good anti-lag system without ERS you would probably do it right? And if it was really good you'd want to keep it all to yourself right? Hence the CF shroud.

    I know I might be way off and might all be banal underneath there. But I'd still like to think there's some trickery going on especially with some of the crazy WRC turbo tech floating out there.

  5. Looks like just your standard bundle of snakes under the CF shroud.
    Material used between exhaust and turbo is most likely Inconel.

  6. I'd be curious to see what all lurks beneath the CF shroud covering the exhaust manifolds. Also, T-clamps on turbo exhaust inlets, what kind of black magic is this and what's the material of the tube between the turbo and the exhaust manifold?


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