Renault will evaluate a new specification of its 1,6-liter V6 engine, in which they applied some parts of the engine for 2018, thus bringing a step forward in performance and reliability.
Although in the middle of the season Renault said that they bring major improvements to their engine in 2017, Renault has once again made a small step forward in performance with the engine parts for the next season.
The name of the new specification is the Renault R.E.17G which, according to the number, is the seventh iteration of this year’s engine R.E.17.
Renault has decided to produce only three new engines evenly distributed to its three teams, its own factory team, Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
The engine will get those drivers who, according to the mileage of their engines, were candidates for new units, namely Nico Hulkenberg, Max Verstappen and Brendon Hartley.
“It’s about improvements on the internal combustion engine, which are the parts that we plan to use in 2018 and which we can test this season,” said Renault Sports managing director Cyril Abiteboul.
“To be clear, that’s not all we planned for 2018, but it’s a step in that direction. It’s a healthy step forward in terms of performance and reliability.”
“We have greater reliability problems with one other part of the power unit [MGU-H].”
“We still have to be very careful with what we are doing [because of reliability], especially with the hybrid side, the ERS.”
“Improving the engine goes with the new fuel specification supplied by BP.”
Red Bull and Toro Rosso do not use the same fuel and lubricants as Renault, but Exxon’s products, which this year moved from McLaren and introduced a new fuel specification in Japan.
Other drivers will not get a new specification in 2017.
Renault produced only three engines of the new specification because it made sense considering the mileage. The other three drivers, Sainz, Ricciardo and Kvyat will not get a new engine specification this season.
“We only produced three because it was related to the mileage situation,” said Abiteboul.
“Anyway, it was necessary to introduce new power units for these drivers so it was almost transparent that we would put the evolution of the engine into those cars.”
“Other drivers in theory do not need to introduce new parts.”