F1 engines not ready to crack 1000hp - Abiteboul

Published on 10 Feb 2017 15:24

Formula 1 engines are not yet ready to break through the 1000bhp mark according to Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul. The Frenchman admitted the figures may come close, but will not enter four digit numbers in 2017.

"I think the top performance of the power units will be between 900 and 950hp," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "The teams counting on 1000hp may be a bit too optimistic -- I think not even Mercedes will achieve it. But it definitely is achievable within the current regulations. We have some radical concepts to jump ahead, but not for this season. We need more time."

Renault will be hoping that they can make another leap in performance on the engine side in a bid to catch the dominant Mercedes power unit. Abiteboul said that they are targeting 2018 to surpass Mercedes in terms of power.

"We do not assume that we will be with Mercedes at the start of the season. But we like to believe we are close enough to have Red Bull fight against them if they build a good chassis. And I'm sure they will. Our goal is to overtake the Mercedes engine in 2018."

Renault confirmed earlier this week that they would be bringing their first engine upgrade of the season to the Spanish Grand Prix, in which they hope they will match Ferrari's engine.

Renault supply Red Bull with power units (although they are tagged as Tag Heuer), but run different fuel and oil partners. Abiteboul said that this will not compromise on track performance. 

"The power unit has been developed for our partner, so BP and Castrol. But we make sure that it also works with Exxon Mobil's petrol and oil for Red Bull and Toro Rosso. The engine will be the same for all three teams," he said.


Fergal Walsh

Replies (3)
GB f1fan0101 10 Feb 2017 15:59+1
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I fully believe Renault can go on par with Ferrari this year
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I see no reason to doubt this either. However I think most gains are around the harvesting of the energy and their associated parts. Renaults commitment to Formula E will bring massive gains for their F1 teams. Powerunit these days are strange sort of things made up out a multiple different parts. I for one like these powerplants.
SE calle.itw 10 Feb 2017 20:54+1
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The most interesting thing right now for me is how much the competing engine suppliers can catch up to Mercedes.

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