Horner says Renault turbo engine sounds good but expects big challenge

22 June, 2013

Christian Horner at the launch of the Renault F1 turbo engine

Christian Horner at the launch of the Renault F1 turbo engine

Christian Horner was present at the unveiling of the Energy F1-2014, Renault’s next Formula 1 engine, and was “immediately struck by the size of the power plant” while expecting a big challenge to optimise the performance of the unit under the new regulations.

“It’s deceptively big,” was Horner’s first impression. “There’s an awful lot more to the engines next year with the electrical units, the turbo and so on.”

The Red Bull team principal pointed out, “The real challenge is going to be all about fuel economy. We have 100 kg [of fuel] to start a grand prix with next year. That’s going to be a different challenge to what we currently have, trying to navigate yourself as quickly as possible to the chequered flag – especially at tracks like Singapore that are heavy on fuel consumption. That’s going to be difficult but ultimately I don’t think it will change racing too much.”

During the launch, Renault took the opportunity to demonstrate the sound that the engine is expected to make, with a simulated lap around Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit.

“Thankfully it sounds really good,” was Horner’s appraisal. (GP247)

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  • Pff

    No Horner, it sounds like a cow farting.

  • =El Presidente=

    100Kg’s of feul.. Next year they can drive on michelins “energy-saving-road-tyres”

    The tyre-issue will be gone, since next year the pace will be determent by feul, instead of tyres.. sad… F1 is dead..

  • =El Presidente=

    fuel , i meant of course..

  • john conley

    these things sound horrible imvho.. saw a link on facebook the other day and got to hear one for the firs time.. very sad state of affairs for the upcoming year in f1..
    my first grand prix was montreal in 03 when they were still running the v10s, and the second i stepped onto the isle, i was simply blown away from the sound of the cars..

  • john conley

    these things sound horrible imvho.. heard one in a link on facebook the other day and was sad to say the least..
    my first grand prix was montreal in 03 when they were still running the v10s, and from the second i stepped on to th isle, i was simply blown away by the sounds of the engines… off throttle they sounded like they were breaking the sound barrier, awe inspiring..
    have since been to spa, monza and spain, and each race the sounds of the cars was as much of a part of the experience as the sights and smells associated with grand prix racing.. these new engines sound awful, yes, they maybe loud, but so is a cow farting into a megaphone, but that doesn’t mean it sounds pleasant to the ears, nor do these new engines.. complete fail.

  • john conley

    sorry for the double post, thought i’d lost the first one and started a new one, my bad.. :D

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