Renault: Grand Prix racing is the pinnacle of human endeavour and technological innovation


Press Release: This year, the FIA Formula One World Championship is set for a raft of radical technical regulation changes. From 2014 onwards, the cars will be powered by avant-garde powertrain technology, with a powerful turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to sophisticated energy recovery systems.

  • FIA Formula One World Championship set to welcome most radical technical changes in the history of the sport in 2014.
  • Cars will be powered by highly sophisticated power units combining turbocharged internal combustion engines and potent energy recovery systems harvesting energy from exhaust (thermal energy) and braking (mechanical energy).
  • Over the course of the lap, cars will be powered by both traditional fuel and electrical energy.
  • Double restrictions on fuel flow and mass will make the power units amongst the most fuel efficient engines in the world.
  • Renault’s Energy F1-2014 power unit developed at its state of the art facility at Viry-Chattillon, France, is ready for the challenge.
  • The new generation power unit named Energy F1 to reflect synergies with the pioneering fuel efficient Energy engine range used in Renault road cars, which maintain or improve driving pleasure, vitality and acceleration with downsized engines to achieve lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


Energy efficiency will reach levels never seen in the sport before, with two types of energy propelling the cars. The internal combustion engine will produce power through consumption of traditional carbon-based fuel, while electrical energy will be harvested from exhaust and braking by two motor generator units. The two systems will work in harmony, with teams and drivers balancing the use of the two types of energy throughout the race.


The advent of this new technology means that the word ‘engine’ is no longer sufficient: instead the sport will refer to ‘Power Units.’

Renault is fully prepared for this technical revolution, with its Energy F1- 2014 Power Unit designed and developed at its Viry-Chattillon HQ in France ready for track testing.

Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F1, “Grand Prix racing is a pioneering sport, representing the pinnacle of human endeavour and technological innovation. From the rear mounted engines of the 1930s to the ground effect of the 1980s, F1 technology has always been years ahead of its time. With cutting-edge energy systems and highly advanced turbocharged combustion engines, in 2014 F1 remains true to its DNA. We are absolutely at the vanguard of powertrain technology this year.”

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  • coefficient

    Err, I think NASA might have something to say about that.

  • Karloff

    Err, NASA? They can’t even do in a lifetime what Elon Musk did in a few years!

  • haha

    They never landed on the freakin moon and if they did, why did they never went back? Media and sheeps my friend.

  • haha

    And Renault saying gp racing is the pinnacle of human endeavour is utter bullocks. If they hadn’t boycotted, robbed and killed Nikola Tesla his inventions would have been the pinnacle. Free energy for all was not allowed by the elites, nothing has changed just look at the global warming farce.

  • Dean C

    Agree with the whole idea that Renault are completely wrong! Space exploration is the pinnacle.

    haha…are you a conspiracy type of person?

  • StevetheGreat

    Lol anyone dissin’ NASA is just jealous. 😉

    Stupid title anyway.

  • James

    I think space exploration is, and controllable fusion is going to be, the pinnacle of human endeavor and technological innovation.

  • Jose

    @ haha,

    Oh my, you are starting to sound like Jose… Cool!!

    Old Jose

  • Krunksoft

    I can’t wait to see what these power units can do! This season is going to be VERY interesting.

  • farizY

    Very complex overall powertrain package.