So. This is what F1 engines will look and sound like next year (head to the Renaultsport site for the sound).
In Paris today Renault showed the 1.6-litre V6 Turbo ‘Energy F1’ that will power Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2014, and most likely Lotus and Caterham too. The new engine formula, the first since 2006, incorporates the next level of hybridisation dubbed ‘ERS’ (energy recovery system). Energy will now be harvested not only from the brakes (as it currently is with KERS) but from the exhausts too. Like the move back to turbocharging — for the first time since 1988 — the emphasis on ERS is designed to make F1 engines rather more relevant to road cars and hence to manufacturers. Honda’s return in 2015 with McLaren is said to have been inspired by the new regulations.
Revving to 15000rpm, Renault says the new greener engine won’t be quiet. “They will wake you from your sleep and circuit neighbours will still complain”.
That should also make sure there’s no repeat of Mercedes ‘secret’ test then, for which the team found itself banned from this year’s rookie driver test at the FIA Tribunal today. Red Bull and Ferrari have yet to respond to the judgement, but it looks like Mercedes has managed to substitute three days testing with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for three days with its reserve and junior drivers. Nice work…