Renault expect F1 turbo engines to deliver 600 bhp

27 February, 2013

Mercedes F1 turbo engine

Mercedes F1 turbo engine

With the sophisticated energy recovery systems (ERS) to complement next year’s V6 turbo  engines, Formula 1 is not set to lose much horse power.

That is the claim of Rob White, engine supplier Renault’s technical boss.

“Today’s engines produce around 750 horse power,” White, referring to the normally aspirated V8 units that will be used for the very last time in 2013, told Speed Week.

“In qualifying, with the high performance (ERS) system, we will come very close to this value (with the turbo V6s),” he explained.

“In the race, with fuel consumption altering the objective, it will be at 550 to 600 hp,” added White.

Another change next year is the move from 7-speed to 8-speed gearboxes.

Fans and promoters are, however, worried about the inferior sound of the new 1.6 litre units.

“The concern is unfounded,” White insisted. “The new engines are loud and the sound does justice to formula one.

“The glowing turbo is also a spectacle visually.”

White said F1′s engine makers are currently negotiating about possibly being allowed to test the V6 engines in the weeks before the usual February test period next year.

Finally, as the teams consider the higher cost of being engine customers in 2014 and beyond, White explained: “We hope to be able to balance the cost against the fact that we will have stable rules for at least seven years.” (GMM)


  • McLarenfan

    150 bhp missing how can that be almost

  • Nowhereman

    Excuse me but, what is safe about glowing red hot turbos exposed.
    We shall see some nasty burn downs next season.
    Then the FIA will come in and save the day throwing some stupid rules at where the turbo can go and how it is to be designed in.
    It starts all over again……ad nausueum…

  • Apex Assassin

    I can remember when F1 was trully the pinnacle of motorsport…

  • Kimi4WDC

    Sustainable business, yeeeee….crap.

  • fapper

    550-600bhp only? come on! hit at least 800bhp!

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