Video: Renault's V6 F1 engine

2013-06-24 08:29

Formula 1 will enter a new era in in 2014 as the sport replaces current V8 engines with V6 units. Engine regulations form the major part of rule changes to hit the sport.

Next-generation cars will have a 1.6 V6 turbocharged engine with energy recovery systems that increase efficiency by harvesting energy dissipated as heat in the exhaust or brakes.

French automaker and engine supplier Renault has launched its V6 F1 engine called the Energy F1 - and at last we have an image of what the darn things will look like and - way more importantly - how they will SOUND!

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Maximum power of the new V6 from Renault will be greater than that of the outgoing V8 but fuel consumption will be radically reduced - by about 35% - with only 100kg (roughly 100 litres) permitted for the race.


Renault ambassador and four-times Formula 1 World champion Alain Prost said:  “From 2014 we will bring engines to the fore and redress the balance in F1. An engine is the heart of a car, from 2013 it will return to the heart of our sport.”

Listen to the sound of the new V6 engine! Who said it would be too quiet?

President of Renault Sport F14, Jean-Michel Jalinier, said: “From 2014, one of greatest challenges in F1 will be to maximise energy efficiency and fuel economy while maintaining the power output and performance expected of F1 cars.

“Renault has pioneered this technology in its road-car engine range with the Energy series. Naming the engine Energy F1 creates an unbroken range, from the Clio through to our competition department.”

Formula 1 2014 rules: V6 engines
• 1.6 direct injection turbo V6
• Unique pressure charging architecture: single turbine and compressor (plus E-motor allowed).
• Five engines per driver per season in 2014, reduced to four in subsequent years.
• F1 to focus on reducing fuel consumption
• Fuel quantity for the race limited to 100kg initially (-35% from V8 unit currently unlimited).
• Fuel mass flow rate limited to 100kg/hour max, currently unlimited.
• Energy recovery systems are allowed

  • Tamlin Van Heerver - 2013-06-24 09:20

    Formula 1 has just been ruined, that engine sounds pathetic..

  • Kari Pentikainen - 2013-06-24 09:37

    Sounds like a coffee grinder.

  • Jacques Shepperson - 2013-06-24 21:05

    Yeah, Boring to who? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDRkHXMHqFo

  • Jaco Kirsten - 2013-06-25 07:43

    Some people here obviously don't know a lot about F1. It had 1.5 litre turbos in the early 80s that developed almost 1500bhp. Turbos are the way forward. Period. Watch similar videos for education and don't embarrass yourselves by showing your lack of F1 knowledge. Turbos for the win! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JIXPqgwQHk

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