Renault Sport F1 and Caterham F1 Team today confirmed the extension of their partnership in the Formula One World Championship for a further 3 years. Furthermore, from the 2014 season, the Caterham F1 Team will used the new Renault Energy F1, a cutting edge powerplant designed for the radical new 2014 technical regulations.
The Energy F1 unites a V6 turbocharged direct-injection internal combustion petrol engine with 2 motor generator units that harvest energy dissipated in the exhaust gases and brakes and deploy as both electrical and mechanical power. When combined the energy systems and engine will produce more power than the current V8 engines. Yet the new engine will be more than 35% more energy-efficient, thanks to technical and sporting regulations that prescribe a fuel flow limit of 100 kg/h and maximum quantity of 100 kgs permitted per race.
The Anglo-Malaysian team and the French manufacturer first teamed up for the 2011 F1 season with the Renault RS27 V8 engine powering the team in subsequent seasons.
Jean-Michel Jalinier, President & MD of Renault Sport F1 commented: “Over the past 3 years, we have seen Caterham mature, with impressive new facilities and a solid technical structure. The new technical regulations provide a big challenge, but with change comes opportunity and next year is a prime chance for the team to secure the next targets in its ongoing plans. From the very start, our partnership has been comprehensive and it is therefore natural that we would want to see it pay dividends. We 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 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. When our F1 partnership began in 2011 we, as a young team, were immediately impressed by the various benefits of the collaboration on our operations, and since then we are relentlessly pushing them even further,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team. “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. We work together in an open and honest manner to help Caterham F1 Team achieve its short-term goal of establishing itself as an integral part of F1 and to help Renault achieve the deserved recognition of its technical edge.”