Renault showcases 2014 V6 turbo engine
26 February 2013 – Renault Sport has released computer generated images of the V6 engine it will be supplying to teams in 2014, with the sport preparing for a switch from V8 units. The 1.6-litre turbocharged powerplant will make its fully-fledged debut early next year, having undergone extensive dyno testing at the brand's Viry-Châtillon headquarters.
"The new V6s are the biggest change to hit the engine world in over ten years, perhaps ever," Renault Sport's Deputy Managing Director Rob White said of the new turbocharged units, before reiterating: "Formula 1 is still going to be very loud, it is still going to be a very violent event. You can see on the test bed that even with relatively slow shifts on a relatively low transient dyno, that gear shifts are rapid and violent."
Renault, the current engine suppliers to Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham, has set a maximum customer total of five for future Formula 1 seasons, explaining that providing any more teams with powerplants would affect the overall quality of service.
Turbocharged units were first introduced to Formula 1 during the 1977 campaign; Renault quickly backed the technology and claimed the engine's first victory with Jean-Pierre Jabouille at Dijon two years later. Turbo power was banned in 1989, but it will make a return next season with substantial fuel and energy saving techniques.