Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul believes that even the best engines in the new season of Formula 1 will not have the magical 1,000 horsepower, but believes the figure is achievable within the current technical regulations.
F1 engines were close to 1000 HP in the middle of last decade, when naturally aspirated 3,0-litre V10 engines with more than 19 000 rpm had to last one (2004) and two races (2005).
Today’s 1,6-litre V6 turbo engines with complex energy recovery systems (up to 160 HP) reached the power of the V10 engine from the middle of the last decade, but with about 40% less fuel consumption despite the 100 kg heavier cars. And one power unit have to last about five races.
Although the figure of 1000 HP was already mentioned last year as an achievable figure, Renault’s managing director believes nobody will achieve it in 2017.
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“I think the top performance in 2017. will be between 900 and 950 HP,” said Abiteboul to Auto Motor und Sport.
“The teams that count on the 1000 HP might have been too optimistic.”
“I don’t think even Mercedes will do it. But this figure is definitely achievable within the current regulations.”
“We have some radical concepts in the pipeline, but not for 2017.”
Renault power unit designed for BP/Castrol
An interesting situation developed in the area of fuels and lubricants because Renault and the two Red Bull teams use a different fuels and lubricants – Red Bull and Toro Rosso will cooperate with ExxonMobil/Esso, and Renault with BP/Castrol, as McLaren and Honda, which had been using Exxon/Esso.
“Renault power unit has been developed for BP and Castrol, our partner,” Abiteboul was clear.
“But we have made sure that the engine will also work with Exxon Mobil’s fuel and lubricants for Red Bull and Toro Rosso, there is no need for any further development.”
“Renault’s engine will be the same for all three teams.”
The importance of fuels and lubricants in today’s Formula 1 significantly increased with the introduction of new hybrid turbo engine formula in 2014. because of the great emphasis on the efficiency of the whole system.