Ferrari V6 turbo engine uses clever method to save fuel

Ferrari V6 turbo engine 059/3

Ferrari V6 turbo engine 059/3

Ferrari looks to have come up with another of the big Formula 1 innovations of the 2014 season.

It emerged last week that the new Ferrari F14T features an unique cooling system that allows their new challenger to have very small sidepods, notwithstanding the extreme cooling demands of the all-new ‘Power Unit’ rules.

Now, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Ferrari’s new V6 turbo engine is also highly innovative.

The report said the engine features a ‘cut-off’ system that works with the direct injection to keep engine temperatures low and save crucial fuel.

The system means that, at times, the flow of fuel into the combustion chamber is stopped altogether and the engine is not sparked.

Meanwhile, Mercedes’ Paddy Lowe has admitted he hopes the new rule limiting each driver to just 100 kilos of fuel per race does not dominate the 2014 season.

“Sometimes it is very frustrating, but fuel and tyre wear have been factors in Formula 1 for years,” he is quoted by Finland’s MTV3, adding that the fuel factor will be greatly “exaggerated” in 2014.

“I hope it does not detract from the racing,” added Lowe.

It has also emerged that Renault may not be prevented from fixing its obvious technical problems once the development ‘freeze’ deadline passes, in just over a week.

“There is a ‘fair and equitable’ rule which gives us the opportunity to change any of the components if we have reliability problems,” said Renault Sport’s Remi Taffin.

“I have to say, however, that we do not have big problems with the parts, as we have done successful tests on the dynamometer. We just have to make them all work together.” (GMM)

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  • quidam

    Trick well known by Renault and Mercedes with the V8

  • KevinW

    A trick that can be duplicated with software, that is not universally advantageous at all tracks. It’s likely to require revised side pod deigns to suit various track configurations as the race ambient conditions warm up.

  • Mark Lipsinic

    Engine development shouldn’t be frozen until after a full season of racing with the new engines.

  • KevinW

    I agree completely. Also, if the end result is that one engine providers (lets just make up a name, say, Mercedes) has an early advantage that others cannot develop under the freeze to compete with, the entire season becomes a sham, appearing like a handout by rule.