Renault set to bid adieu to V8 engine era in which they scored ten World titles

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End of the road for the Renault RS27 V8 engine in Formula 1

After eight seasons, the FIA Formula 1 World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix, an era in which they won five Drivers’titles and five Constructors’ titles.

At the end of the year, the highly optimized, ultra-high output, ultra-high speed, normally aspirated engines make way for new turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 power units in 2014.

Renault aims to end this season on a high note having become the most successful engine manufacturer of the V8 era, with five Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles (2006-2010-2011-2012-2013) of the possible eight crowns. With 59 wins, 65 pole positions and 55 fastest laps to date with the V8 engine, Renault Sport F1 aims to finish the era in a blaze of glory.

Combination of Red Bull and Renault have netted eight world titles - four drivers and four constructors - in four years

Combination of Red Bull and Renault have netted eight world titles – four drivers and four constructors – in four years

Renault’s V8 vital statistics:

  • 2.4 L V8 (2006 to 2013)
  • 8 years of competition
  • 59 wins – 40% of wins in the V8 era
  • 65 pole positions
  • 55 fastest laps
  • 3665.5 points
  • 5 Constructors’ world titles
  • 5 Drivers’ world titles
  • 750 bhp maximum power (2013 version, typical car installation, typical temp/pressure/humidity)
  • 18,000 rpm maximum engine speed (2013 version)
  • 95kg weight, FIA perimeter
  • 1,271 engines built, 683 for track use, 588 for dyno use
  • more than 2 000 000 km total
  • more than 5 000 components per engine
  • more than 7 600 000 parts used
  • 21,800 pistons used
  • 43,200 inlet valves used
  • 45,900 exhaust valves used
  • 43,800 connecting-rod bolts fitted
  • 22,000 spark plugs used
  • 10,600 oil filters used
Renault engines are a labour of love

Renault engines are a labour of love

Personal memories of the V8 power plant

Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations: ” Brazil will be quite poignant. The high-revving naturally aspirated engines are all I’ve known in F1 – and I’m sure there will be a few in the pitlane saying the same. The V8 was the era of how to make a car faster using everything except the pure power of an engine so we’ve learnt a lot of different skills, such as better integration, greater fuel economy and how to use the auxiliary facets such as the exhausts to a much greater extent.”

“We always think about what we could have done better, but to be completely fair we have achieved a hell of a lot and we can be proud. I really think Renault and our customers showed the way to design and use an engine in its most efficient way to get the fastest car! We could argue we could have finished more races without any problems, but in the end, wins sometimes come from failures and you learn by pushing the limits.”

Remi Taffin on the podium after the 2013 Japanese GP

Remi Taffin on the podium after the 2013 Japanese GP

“One of my favourite memories of the period will be the 2006 season. We were up against it as we had had an engine failure at Monza and Schumacher had taken the championship lead. It was nearly impossible to recover as the Ferrari was quicker at this stage. But we kept our heads down and at the race after in Japan, we won. This time it was Ferrari’s engine that blew up and we regained the championship lead before the last round in Brazil. That was a perfect example of racing to the end. These were the early days of the V8 but we already were using them at the limit and the failure in Monza just proved how close we were.”

“While I’ve enjoyed this era immensely next year will be an even greater challenge. For me, I grew up watching the turbos and it’s what I dreamt of doing when I was a kid, so it will be a bit like going back in the future..!

Jean-Michel Jalinier with Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost and Christian Horner in Abu Dhabi

Jean-Michel Jalinier with Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost and Christian Horner in Abu Dhabi

Jean-Michel Jalinier, Renault Sport F1 President and Managing Director: “The V8 era has been a particularly successful one for Renault, and one that stands up to the exceptionally high standards we set with the V10 in the 90s. We can be very proud of the ‘hit’ rate of wins and poles, but equally of the progress we have made, particularly under the frozen engine regulations. What is equally satisfying is the relationships we have built up with all of our teams. We have worked hard on installation to provide the most driveable engine, sacrificing outright power to enable greater integration and other benefits such as energy recovery and cooling to make the overall speed of the car quicker. To have won with four different teams and six different drivers shows the relationships have flourished.”

“Throughout the V8 era Renault has experienced growth outside Europe and our success in Formula 1 has supported the growing awareness and image of the brand in all the countries of conquest, which has in turn contributed to the objective of international development. Additionally, every race victory is a source of motivation for all the people working for Renault.”

“Now we can focus on our new challenge of 2014, with the same motivation and dedication.”

  • ZombieJebus

    The new engine regs are disgusting.

  • TylerC

    You mean “power unit” regs?