The current driving units of Formula 1 (V6 Turbo) are not prepared to exceed the 1000 hp barrier, says Renault’s director, Ciryl Abiteboul.
In spite of these declarations, the Frenchman admitted that in 2017 the engine power will be around four digits, and also said that the ideal power of these driving units is between 900 and 950hp.
Abiteboul said that the teams are being overly optimistic when they think of the 1000 hp of power, saying that even Mercedes will not achieve that milestone, adding that in the light of the current regulation, Renault is working on ‘radical’ concepts. They are prepared to move forward, but they will not yet see the light of day in 2017, as a matter of reliability.
Even so, Dr. Helmut Marko hopes that the first update of the French motive unit of 2017 puts them in line with Ferrari, even though, for now, it is behind Mercedes. Abiteboul, on the other hand, believes that Red Bull will have material good enough to dispute podiums with Mercedes and that its goal is to overcome Mercedes engines in 2018.
When asked about the fuel differences between Renault and Red Bull: “The power unit was developed by our partner BP/Castrol, but I think it will work perfectly with Red Bull and Toro Rosso Mobil/Exxon. The engine will be the same for the three of them“ he said.