One of the self critiques that Formula 1 has attached to itself is the lack of explanation regarding the 2014 regulations. Much of the ire over the sound of the cars and the racing in general has been met with quiet reflection from F1 pundits and upon consideration, they have stated publicly that perhaps they’ve done a poor job of explaining to fans what they hoped to achieve and what the regulations were all about.
Mercedes and Renault were both adamant that F1 change to a new V6 turbo format with hybrid as it was more germane to their road car development program and thus justified the costs to be involved in F1 as an R&D breeding ground for their engine technology. They threatened to leave the sport if the change wasn’t made according to some reports.
Today, Renault Sport F1 have released a nice piece that explains some of the accomplishments of the new format. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really do appreciate how in-depth and transparent Renault Sport F1 is with their information and the kinds of content they provide fans, they should be applauded for their efforts. Let’s take a look:
At the end of 2013 the FIA Formula One World Championship bid farewell to its normally aspirated V8s and embraced brand new Power Units that combined a hybrid V6 turbo engine with two energy recovery systems – the MGU-K that works under braking, and MGU-H which harvests energy at the exhaust. Monza’s 2014 race offered an ideal opportunity to compare and analyse the performance of modern low downforce-spec F1 cars with their previous counterparts.
The recent Grand Prix emphasised an important point: the 2014 regulations have greatly enhanced the cars’ efficiency while maintaining – and even increasing – their level of performance.
We take a look at the main gains.
1. A two-second gain in a single year
2. Fuel consumption down to 1.9kg per lap
3. An F1 car’s energy source distribution
4. Better energy efficiency
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