RS 27 ENGINE - CREDIT : Lionel Schwenke / Keystone Creation

Το ημερολόγιο έδειχνε 16 Οκτωβρίου 2005, όταν σταμάτησαν να ηχούν οι V10 κινητήρες, 3.0 λίτρων, με τα 900+ άλογα και τα περίπου 350 N·m ροπής. Το 2006, ξεκίνησε στη Formula 1 η εποχή των V8 κινητήρων, 2.4 λίτρων, απόδοσης 750+ αλόγων και περίπου 270 N·m ροπής. Φέτος, κλείνει η εποχή αυτή, καθώς τη νέα χρονιά, περνάμε στους turbo V6 κινητήρες, 1.6 λίτρων, με τη μέγιστη ιπποδύναμη να είναι περίπου στα 600 άλογα (760 μαζί με το ERS, που θα δίνει 160 άλογα για 33.3 δευτερόλεπτα στον γύρο). Αυτό θα έχει σημαντική επίπτωση στην ένταση και την ποιότητα του ήχου, με τον περιοριστή στροφών να “πέφτει” στις 15.000 σ.α.λ., από τις 18.000 σ.α.λ. που είναι σήμερα.


RS 27 ENGINE - CREDIT : Lionel Schwenke / Keystone Creation

Η Renault αποχαιρετά τους τωρινούς κινητήρες, μ’ ένα ενδιαφέρον δελτίου Τύπου, στο οποίο αναφέρονται διάφοροι αριθμοί. Μεταξύ άλλων, στα 8 αυτά χρόνια, η γαλλική εταιρεία έχει κατακτήσει 10 παγκόσμιους τίτλους (8 την 4ετία 2010-2013 και 2 το 2006), έχοντας 59 νίκες, 65 pole positions και 55 ταχύτερους γύρους. Ας δούμε, όμως, περισσότερα στοιχεία γι’ αυτή την 8ετία:

  • 2.4 λίτρα, V8 (2006 μέχρι 2013)
  • 8 χρόνια
  • 59 νίκες – 40% των νικών στην εποχή των V8
  • 65 pole positions
  • 55 ταχύτερους
  • 3665.5 βαθμούς
  • 5 παγκόσμιους τίτλους κατασκευαστών
  • 5 παγκόσμιους τίτλους οδηγών
  • 750 ίππους μέγιστη ισχύς
  • Περιοριστής στροφών στις 18.000 σ.α.λ. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • 95 κιλά, καθορισμένο από τη FIA
  • 1.271 κατασκευασμένοι κινητήρες: 683 για την πίστα, 588 για χρήση στο δυναμόμετρο
  • Πάνω από 2.000.000 συνολικά χιλιόμετρα
  • Πάνω από 5.000 κομμάτια ανά κινητήρα
  • Πάνω από 7.600.000 χρησιμοποιημένα μέρη
  • 21.800 χρησιμοποιημένα πιστόνια
  • 43.200 χρησιμοποιημένες βαλβίδες εισαγωγής
  • 45.900 βαλβίδες εξάτμισης
  • 43.800 χρησιμοποιημένες βίδες για τις μπιέλες
  • 22.000 χρησιμοποιημένα μπουζί
  • 10.600 λίτρα λαδιού

Στο δελτίο Τύπου που ακολουθεί, μπορείς να βρεις δηλώσεις των Rémi Taffin, υπεύθυνου λειτουργιών πίστας τής Renault Sport F1, αλλά και Jean-Michel Jalinier, Προέδρου και CEO τής εταιρείας.

RS 27 ENGINE - CREDIT : Lionel Schwenke / Keystone Creation

[Πηγή: Renault Sport F1]

Δελτίο Τύπου

RENAULT SAYS ADIEU TO THE V8 ENGINE

After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One 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 the 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.

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

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.”

“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, 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.”