It is has finally been made official in Singapore that Caterham F1 will also be using the Renault Energy F1 Power Unit for the next three years alongside Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, as the Formula One technical regulations are drawing ever nearer. It symbolizes the continue harmony that both companies are enjoying both on and off the track, as their Caterham Cars and Alpine brands formed their lightweight road car partnership in November of last year.
The Leafield-based team have used Renault engines in F1 since switching to them in 2011, with the partnership continuing to blossom towards a good future working together: “The 2014 season heralds a new era for F1 with our sport taking a positive stance in aligning itself with the technical changes in the global automotive industry, and Renault is right at the cutting edge of that development,” said Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul, who mentioned that the initial impressions that the benefits of the new collaboration were impressive, with both parties working honestly and openly to achieve a common goal.
“Since then we are relentlessly pushing them even further. Given the age and status of our team we have also been pleased to see Renault Sport F1 adapting their operational practices to suit our size and optimizing our integration with an enhanced technical collaboration.”
President and MD of Renault Sport F1, Jean-Michel Jalinier, pointed out that the French engine supplier are “very happy with the quality and depth of the teams we will supply and look forward to seeing the first generation of Energy F1-powered cars hit the track next year.”
The technical challenges for all teams that will be on the grid next season are a tall order for anyone to make the best of quickly, but it just goes to show the fact that there has to be change in order for teams and the sport to survive.
With a “Power Unit” that produce more horsepower than the current V8 configuration, as a result of two motor generator units that harvest energy from the exhaust gases and brakes for the Energy Recovery Systems for next year, the race is on to see just who has the edge when the new Power Units from early next year. The efficiency race is well and truly underway…
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