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Ferrari reveal 2014 power unit, fans to choose new car name 20 Dec 2013

Ferrari's traditional pre-Christmas dinner with the Italian motorsport media at the Fiorano circuit, Italy, December 2013 (L to R): Luca Marmorini and Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 24 November 2013 James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 10 May 2013

Ferrari gave the media its first preview this week of the new powertrain that will propel the team’s 2014 car, when Formula One racing moves to smaller, V6 turbo engines. The presentation of the 059/3 power unit took place at Ferrari’s Italian headquarters in Maranello.

“As a result of the 2014 regulations, we no longer talk of engines, but of power units,” explained Luca Marmorini, Ferrari’s head of engines and electronics. “It’s a very complex project and we have been working on it for the past two years. It’s a 1600 cc turbocharged internal combustion engine and only 100 litres of fuel can be used in a race, which means that the more efficient an engine, the more power it can use.

“Along with the turbocharger, there will be an electric motor, which will also act as a generator, allowing for the recovery of energy from the exhaust gasses. As was already the case, a second electric motor will recover energy from braking, although it will be able to put out almost double the power of the one currently in use. All the energy generated by the electric motors will be stored in a much bigger and more powerful battery pack than the current one, but it will still be fitted below the fuel cell.

“The electronic control system will be even more sophisticated to coordinate and manage all these new electro-mechanical devices. A new regulation, a fascinating challenge, which places great emphasis on energy recovery and on the efficiency of the power unit.”

Ferrari believe one of their strong points in taking on the challenge of 2014 will be the fact that they, along with Mercedes, are one of only two teams developing both chassis and power unit under the same roof.

“Being able to build the engine and chassis together is definitely a nice advantage for Ferrari,” said technical director James Allison. “Other teams cannot do the same and this year, like never before, installing the new power unit in the car’s chassis will be a complex operation.

“I’ve got direct experience of that from my time at Lotus: it’s true the engine supplier tries to meet your demands, but it’s never the same thing as happens here, where there is a historical culture relating to a common task of defining and developing the design of the new car.”

“We have worked side by side with our chassis colleagues over the years,” added Marmorini. “Precisely because we know there is no point in we engine engineers pushing too much emphasis on our single project if then it doesn’t adapt to a winning car. This is the case not just as far as the engine is concerned, but also relates to all the other elements of this powertrain which, as you can understand, is much more complex than in the past.”

“All I can say is I agree with Luca,” concluded Allison. “That argument also holds true for an element which, in recent years has been the centre of attention, namely the exhausts. Blowing them offered interesting technical challenges, but I have to say that, personally, I am pleased they have been eliminated and that we can go back to designing exhausts aimed at getting the most out of the power of the engine.”

As to the name of the Scuderia’s 2014 car, Ferrari confirmed that it will be chosen by fans in January via an online vote.

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