Lotus & Renault Extend Partnership
Lotus F-1 Team and Renault Sport F-1 have extended their successful chassis-engine partnership for 2014 and beyond.
Renault will supply the team with its Energy F-1-2014 Power Unit for the coming season. The Energy F1-2014 is a cutting edge power plant designed for the radical new 2014 technical regulations, which unite a V-6 turbocharged direct injection internal combustion engine with two motor generator units that harvest energy dissipated in the exhaust gasses and brakes and deploy as both electrical and mechanical power.
When combined the energy systems will be more than 35% more energy efficient than the previous V-8 generation thanks to technical and sporting regulations that prescribe a fuel flow limit of 100kg/h and maximum quantity of 100kg permitted per race.
The extension continues the long and successful history of collaboration that first started in 1995 when Renault supplied its legendary V-10 to Benetton, as the team was then known.
Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F-1, commented:
“We are pleased to see our partnership officially confirmed as the E22 takes to the track for its first official test,” said Jean-Michel Jalinier, president of Renault Sport F-1. “The relationship between Viry and Enstone has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. This is illustrated in no better way than the excellent – and very close – collaboration on the 2014 car, which is more technically complex than any previous designs. We hope this spirit will pay dividends on track this season and going forward into the new F-1 technical era.”