Ferrari unveil their V6 turbo saying farewell to engines and hello to power units
20 December, 2013
The V6 turbocharged engine (designated 059/3) which Ferrari will use in the 2014 F1 World Championship was shown to a select group of the media at the team’s Maranello headquarters in Italy on Thursday.
The new rules mean that F1 engine technology has been taken to another level, hence the term ‘power units’ which the team’s head of engines and electronics Luca Marmorini explained, “As a result of the 2014 regulations, we no longer talk of engines, but of power units. It’s a very complex project and we have been working on it for the past two years.”
“It’s a 1600 cc turbocharged internal combustion engine and only 100 litres of fuel can be used in a race, which means that the more efficient an engine, the more power it can use. Along with the turbocharger, there will be an electric motor, which will also act as a generator, allowing for the recovery of energy from the exhaust gasses.”
“As was already the case, a second electric motor will recover energy from braking, although it will be able to put out almost double the power of the one currently in use. All the energy generated by the electric motors will be stored in a much bigger and more powerful battery pack than the current one, but it will still be fitted below the fuel cell.”
Marmorini added, ”The electronic control system will be even more sophisticated to coordinate and manage all these new electro-mechanical devices. A new regulation, a fascinating challenge, which places great emphasis on energy recovery and on the efficiency of the power unit.”
During his presentation Marmorini called up on stage with him those who had coordinated the various areas of the project: Mattia Binotto (deputy head of engines and electronics,) Enrico Gualtieri (engine reliability,) Guido Di Paola (engine design,) Dave Salters (testing,) Daniele Zecchetti (advanced systems development,) Stefano Lovera (electronics) and Thierry Baritaud.
Ferrari concluded in its press release, “The adventure of the new power-train has only just begun.” (GP247)
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