Formula 1

Renault F1 Engine 2014

F1 SET TO BE ENERGIZED IN 2014
• FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO WELCOME MOST RADICAL TECHNICAL CHANGES IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT IN 2014.
• CARS WILL BE POWERED BY HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED POWER UNITS COMBINING TURBOCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES AND POTENT ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS HARVESTING ENERGY FROM EXHAUST (THERMAL ENERGY) AND BRAKING (MECHANICAL ENERGY).
• OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAP, CARS WILL BE POWERED BY BOTH TRADITIONAL FUEL AND ELECTRICAL ENERGY.
• DOUBLE RESTRICTIONS ON FUEL FLOW AND MASS WILL MAKE THE POWER UNITS AMONGST THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT ENGINES IN THE WORLD.
• RENAULT’S ENERGY F1-2014 POWER UNIT DEVELOPED AT ITS STATE OF THE ART FACILITY AT VIRY-CHÂTILLON, FRANCE, IS READY FOR THE CHALLENGE.
• THE NEW GENERATION POWER UNIT NAMED ENERGY F1 TO REFLECT SYNERGIES WITH THE PIONEERING FUEL EFFICIENT ENERGY ENGINE RANGE USED IN RENAULT ROAD CARS, WHICH MAINTAIN OR IMPROVE DRIVING PLEASURE, VITALITY AND ACCELERATION WITH DOWNSIZED ENGINES TO ACHIEVE LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS.

Renault F1 Engine back 2014

 

This year, the FIA Formula One World Championship is set for a raft of radical technical regulation changes. From 2014 onwards, the cars will be powered by avant-garde powertrain technology, with a powerful
turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to sophisticated energy recovery systems.
Energy efficiency will reach levels never seen in the sport before, with two types of energy propelling the cars. The internal combustion engine will produce power through consumption of traditional carbon-based fuel, while electrical energy will be harvested from exhaust and braking by two motor generator units. The two systems will work in harmony, with teams and drivers balancing the use of the two types of energy throughout
the race.
The advent of this new technology means that the word ‘engine’ is no longer sufficient: instead the sport will refer to ‘Power Units.’
Renault is fully prepared for this technical revolution, with its Energy F1-2014 Power Unit designed and developed at its Viry-Châtillon HQ in France ready for track testing.
‘Grand Prix racing is a pioneering sport, representing the pinnacle of
human endeavour and technological innovation. From the rear mounted engines of the 1930s to the ground effect of the 1980s, F1 technology
has always been years ahead of its time. With cutting-edge energy
systems and highly advanced turbocharged combustion engines, in 2014 F1 remains true to its DNA. We are absolutely at the vanguard of powertrain technology this year.’

Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F1

 

F1Weekly podcast # 647

VJM07 Side

Clark and Nasir review the 2013 season and…

SAHARA FORCE INDIA GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK TO 2014—
 
Sahara Force India revealed its dynamic new look today, offering fans and media a first impression of how the VJM07 will look when it is officially presented at next week’s Jerez test session.
 
The new livery brings a fresh trackside image for the team with the introduction of black alongside the traditional colours of saffron, white and green.
 
“The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving,” says Vijay Mallya. “I’ve always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look.”
 
Key to the new look is the introduction of several commercial partners. The logo of telecommunications brand, Claro, appears on the engine cover and signals the start of a multi-year deal with the famous Mexican brand. There will be prominent Claro branding on the drivers’ suits and team kit.
 
The rear wing end plate now includes branding from Roshfrans, the lubricant oils specialists, following last week’s announcement of a multi-year partnership with the team.
 
The new livery also sees branding from Astana, a foundation that supports sporting initiatives by promoting the capital city of Kazakhstan. The Astana logo is positioned on the side of the VJM07’s nose.
 
 “It’s been a busy winter for us on the technical and commercial front,” explains Vijay. “When I founded the team my first ambition was to launch the first Indian team on the grid, but the next stage in our evolution is to develop a global brand. I think that ambition is reflected in the partners we are working with and our world class driver line-up. It certainly feels as though there is the potential for 2014 to be our strongest season yet.”
 
As well as new colours, the changes beneath the skin of the VJM07 are even more extensive due to the new technical regulations. “The new rules have presented us with a huge challenge, but I’m very proud of the approach we have taken and the direction of the technical team,” says Vijay. “It will be fascinating to see how different teams have interpreted the rules and at this stage it’s impossible to predict who has done the best job.”
 
Technical Director, Andrew Green, is quick to emphasise just how different the VJM07 is compared to its predecessor: “Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser. The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we’ve had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way.”
 
Andrew says accommodating the power unit was the biggest challenge: “It’s been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit – it’s the biggest change I’ve witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990. Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimise it in the chassis.”
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