Ferrari's V6 turbo engine on test bed
27 August 2012 – Ferrari has revealed that its turbocharged, 1.6-litre V6 engine is being tested at the company’s factory. The unit will come into competition in two seasons’ time, when Formula 1 moves into a new era for engines and energy recovery systems in 2014.
“This is a very challenging period for our powertrain people,” Luca Marmorini, the Engine and Electronics Director at Ferrari, explains in a company video.
“We are working on the 2012 powertrain and the rest of the season is very important. No-one has also mentioned that we need to work on the 2013 engine, which is a lot of work with a new installation.
“At the same time, we have the first V6 on the dyno and that is a very interesting project. The 2014 regulations are extremely challenging and there are completely new Formula 1 powertrain regulations, mostly focussed on energy recovery.
“Our V6 is running at the moment and we are running a lot of things. It is a turbo engine; we are really focussed on that and to interpreting the rules in the right way.”
Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault are set to be joined on the 2014 grid by new engine supplier PURE, although the company received a large setback as it lost a major investor earlier this summer. Cosworth will not be remaining as the company has not even begun developing a V6 and the project would be extremely costly for the firm.