Renault validates engine tweaks
10 February 2014 – Renault has confirmed it 'validated' a number of updates for its new V6 turbo-charged engine during Lotus' 'test' at Jerez in Spain last weekend.
The French engine manufacturer had a dismal time during the opening pre-season test and in total its three teams in action there - Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Caterham - did just 151 laps between them.
However on Saturday, the Lotus F1 team, which skipped the first pre-season test, successfully managed the maximum 100 kilometres it was allowed during its filming day, with Renault also reporting it made progress, although the Regie stressed that at no point was any development pursued.
“The basic objectives were to support the Lotus programme with a power unit configuration and operation to allow systems' checks and basic car operation. The latest power unit configuration was deployed without any reliability problems, allowing Lotus to complete the maximum amount of kilometres permitted on a filming day,” Renault said in a statement, according to ESPN F1.com.
“Updates developed in the dyno at Viry during and post-Jerez test were run. Updates included minor hardware changes, software bug fixes and calibration improvements.
“We should point out that no development was pursued during the filming day as stipulated in the sporting regs, rather upgrades trialled in the dyno in Viry were validated.
“As usual, everyone is committed to providing performance and reliability required for normal power unit operation and a fully competitive 2014 season.”