Renault introducing new Formula 1 ERS for 2017 season

Renault will introduce a second generation Energy Recovery System this year as part of a radical overhaul of its Formula 1 power unit

Renault introducing new Formula 1 ERS for 2017 season

The French manufacturer has been working on a complete redesign for 2017, believing the engine it had used for the past three years had reached the end of its development potential after a disastrous start to the turbo-hybrid era in '14.

Speaking six weeks before it runs for the first time in pre-season testing, managing director Cyril Abiteboul offered some more details about what was coming for the season ahead.

"This year we want to confirm the turnaround of the situation on the engine," he said at Autosport International.

"Last year was really fantastic, and we need to confirm that.

"We are going to have an all-new architecture on the internal combustion engine, and also be introducing for the first time the second generation of Energy Recovery System."

As well as supplying its works team this year, Renault also has customer deals in place with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

While its ERS performance has not been lacking recently, Abiteboul still thinks there are plenty of gains that can be found.

"There are an awful lot of collateral aspects to consider - like weight, packaging, cooling requirements, plus the intensity of the current that you can use in certain conditions, in particular climatic conditions," he said.

"There are certain things that look like they are secondary, but in F1 nothing is secondary.

"Once you have reached the top - which is an MGU that can deliver 120KW - you still need to think about these extra elements if you want make your way and reach the top as a team."

INFINITI TIE-UP HELPING

The changes to the Renault ERS come against the backdrop of a closer relationship with sister brand Infiniti, which now deploys engineers on a technology-transfer deal.

It means Renault has been able to move away from outsourcing work on its systems to bringing it all in-house within the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The end result is that progress has been made quicker and there is more control over the end product.

Infiniti had been involved with Red Bull as a title sponsor, but its switch to Renault last season meant a change in its approach to F1.

"Frankly it is really the start of our relationship," Abiteboul added.

"Last year was done a little bit in a rush to a certain degree, although Infiniti was already prepared, because some of that was just a transfer of what was in existence between Red Bull and Renault Sport.

"But for the rest we are building blocks - blocks which I hope are healthy foundations for the future and the next five to 10 years, which is the extent of time we have to think of any F1 involvement."

shares
comments
Williams Formula 1 drive still hasn't sunk in, rookie Stroll admits

Previous article

Williams Formula 1 drive still hasn't sunk in, rookie Stroll admits

Next article

1997 F1 champion Villeneuve believes modern drivers lack respect

1997 F1 champion Villeneuve believes modern drivers lack respect
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Renault F1 Team
Author Ben Anderson
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021
How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher Plus

How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
Why sustainability is being mandated by F1 Plus

Why sustainability is being mandated by F1

Continuing to be socially acceptable as public views shift globally is vitally important to the future of motor racing, says PAT SYMONDS - especially in Formula 1, the championship that represents the technological peak

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen Plus

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order

Formula 1
May 7, 2021