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2013 is the final year for the Renault RS27 F1 engine

Renault RS27 F1 engine2013 will be the final season of competition for the normally aspirated V8 engines in the F1. Introduced across the board in 2006, the V8 engines will be retired after the 2013 season to make way for a new turbocharged V6 unit equipped with potent electrical recuperation systems and a greater emphasis on fuel economy. After nearly eight years of competition, the Renault RS27 is a highly optimised V8 unit. The focus in 2013 is to deliver optimal reliability and flexibility in engine management.

“After eight years, the engines, and indeed the engine regulations, are now very mature but there is a new optimum to be found each year,” says Renault Sport F1 technical director, Rob White. “Obviously the working window to explore becomes smaller and smaller each year,” expands head of track operations, Rémi Taffin. “There are a few remaining tweaks we can introduce on engine mapping that will improve fuel consumption even further, but with this being the end of the V8 era we will try to make the engine as neutral as possible. This requires relations between the team and engine partner to be even closer than ever before.

“Last year we felt we consolidated the operational side, with our procedures and structures allowing us flexibility to adapt to the culture of each team. We could ensure that the engine was correctly optimised in line with chassis developments, including the Coanda effect exhaust systems, which were progressively introduced across the year. Being responsive enough to incorporate and positively influence developments of these magnitudes is something we have worked hard at, and we want to continue this into 2013. This consistency in our procedures is something we will also lean on as we seek to improve across-the-board reliability. Last season proved that, yet again, every single kilometre needs to be completely on point to achieve 100% reliability.”

Unlike in previous seasons where we have seen clarifications or tightening of engine rules, there aren’t any major changes for this season, which is positive as it allows us to fully capitalise on previous years’ experiences. Reliability is an area the Renault team continues to focus on, as Rob explains: “We are not making major changes, rather we have an action plan in place to counteract each problem we suffered in 2012 and we aim to fully satisfy the expectations of all our teams.”

2013 Renault RS27 F1 engine

Configuration: 2.4L V8-90°, 98mm bore

Number of cylinders: 8

Displacement: 2400cc

Number of valves: 32

Weight: 95kg

Rev limit: 18,000rpm

Intake: Normally aspirated

Fuel: Indirect fuel injection

Power output: >750 bhp