The year 2014 brings with it arguably the most radical technical changes in the 60-year history of Formula 1. Not only will engines be downsized by a third, but the V6 units will gain eco-friendly gizmos galore, including electrically-driven turbochargers and 500bar, high-pressure fuel-injection systems.
Having previously spoken to heavy-hitters on the engine and electronics front, I've now had the lowdown on 2014 technology from F1's primary KERS and fuel injection supplier, Magneti Marelli.
Kinetic energy recovery systems, known as KERS, were introduced to F1 in 2009 to much fanfare, but almost immediately disappointed early adopters such as Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber - while Toyota, the world's largest producer of automotive hybrid drive systems and at that point still in the sport - rejected the device outright after a single pre-season test due to it being technically inferior to its systems available off the showroom floor.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken