The first lights-out of the 2014 Formula One season can be measured in hours, not months. If you've heard anything about pre-season testing you know that even the teams are expecting carnage - Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, who's had a comparatively good pre-season, said "the first priority is to finish." Christian Horner, team principal at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, has said he wouldn't be surprised if Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton finishes the first race two laps ahead of the field.

The power units have been the root of the off-season mess, and in case you're not clear on how they work - or don't work, as teams are finding - the Mercedes team has provided a video laying it out. The turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 has to work with two power units, one that collects brake energy and one that collects turbo energy for a battery called the "energy store," all of which is meant to help go a race distance using about 33 percent less fuel than last year. For the teams that actually make it race distance, at least.

You can watch the video below.



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      Ron Rowe
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like the new v6, they sound amazing to me, especially the MGU-H (turbo generator) noise, and the technology is very relevant to road vehicles. As a fan of most things automotive, the technology within these engines are mind boggling. The engine and electric motor are so interdependent, that they are considered parts of a power unit, not just an electric motor and engine. Personally I like where the tech is going in f1. I see a lot of people who complain about where F1 is headed while being misinformed, or properly informed at all. It bothers me to see people who then make assumptions about something without seeing what comes of it first. Much rather than complain about the new regulations, I wanna see how this turns out and then have an opinion. (sorry for the rant)
      montegod7ss
      • 9 Months Ago
      Lots of fuel savings with half the field of DNFs. Bernie is a genius!
        zef56
        • 9 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Bernie was actually one of the few people that was fighting to keep the v8s. You can thank the fia for this
          EZen
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zef56
          And the FIA can thank the engine manufacturers who asked for road relevant, turbo, smaller displacement engines.
      no1bondfan
      • 9 Months Ago
      I can't wait to see how this season turns out. Vettel is a brilliant driver, but watching him dominate the past years has been pretty boring. This year, it's anybody's race. Even Williams could regain some of its former glory!
      ACURA23CL
      • 9 Months Ago
      Cool video...Red Bull's was cooler though.
      Dave
      • 9 Months Ago
      New turbo engine exhaust note sounds like crap! Bernie, get rid of the farting sound and go back to the screeching sound of F1!!!!
        rubley00
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Dave
        Couldn't agree more. Bring back V10 and V12's !
          VL00
          • 9 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          Do you complain about Mercedes V8 road cars using 70 year old engine design? You realize the number of cylinders is not a "design" right?
          ufgrat
          • 9 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          Screw your wimpy V12. Bring back the V16. And call it nostalgia racing, because why else would you use a 25 year old engine design?
      Mchicha
      • 9 Months Ago
      Does not sound that advanced.
      dick
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think the EPA is in the F1 business these days. Making ridiculous requirements for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
        EZen
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dick
        The engine designers threatened to leave the sport if they didn't bring in these new regulations. These new systems are becoming commonplace on road cars. Without them the sport would have collapsed.
        ufgrat
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dick
        The EPA is in America, the FIA (who set these rules) is in France, and the goal was to make the engine technology more relevant to the road. Honda, with it's vtec engine, has a more sophisticated engine than the F1 V8. F1 has no direct injection, no variable valve timing, no variable exhaust/intake geometry, just stupendous RPM. Over in Le Mans racing, there's biofuel, hybrids, even pure electric work being done... In F1, Renault was threatening to leave (although the new formula is certainly putting Renault on the wrong foot), and Toyota and BMW already had. As a result of the new regs, Honda is coming back to F1, and VW keeps thinking about it. So they're not ridiculous, and they're certainly not for "no reason whatsoever".
          VL00
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ufgrat
          These cars have no relation to road cars. You're not going to see 15,000 RPM V6's in road cars. No variable valve timing? Do you even realize how the valves are actuated??
      rotorhead1871
      • 9 Months Ago
      nice innercooler!!!
      jebibudala
      • 9 Months Ago
      So is this steam powered turbo or no?
        ufgrat
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jebibudala
        No. It's powered by the engine exhaust gases.
      Griffen W
      • 9 Months Ago
      I wonder why none of the engine builders switch intake and exhaust. It seems you would save weight having a much shorter, metal exhaust manifold and be more thermally efficient as well as being able to route the exhaust linearly instead of bringing it forward to the turbo then back along the engine. The longer intake tubes could be carbon fiber and be below the rising heat of the exhaust for a slightly cooler intake charge temp.
        EZen
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Griffen W
        F1 engine designers and engineers are more knowledgeable than you or I. I'm sure they've thought of everything and have their reasons for what they've made.
          Griffen W
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EZen
          I didn't say they should, I said "i wonder why they didn't" as in "I know there's a reason for their setup and I want to know why its done that way not another"
      Lance Smith
      • 9 Months Ago
      Damn..now that is an engine...leave it up to MB...advancement through technology...
      HVH20
      • 9 Months Ago
      When can I put one of those turbos on my Supra?
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