There are only 11 manufacturers in Formula 1 currently. Renault, formerly a front runner in the pinnacle of racing, has been slumming it back in 9th place in the constructors points this season. They just don’t have to stuff to keep up with the big boys of the sport anymore. Hopefully for them, that’s all about to change.
According to a report by our friends over at Motorsport.com, Renault is going to scrap their current engine in it’s entierty for a brand new unit in 2017.
And here it is in all it’s glory.
With a renewed commitment to grand prix racing through its works team, and having delivered two wins this campaign with partner Red Bull, Renault believes it has laid the groundwork for even better things to come in the future.
And it has emerged that part of its plan will now involve a brand new powerunit for the 2017 F1 season – after feeling that it had reached the full potential of the current concept that it has used since 2014.
Yea, 2014 is FAR too long to be using the same engine concept.
“It is 100 percent new. It was the end of the development of the current one. We needed to do a step in order to move forward and we will do that. So far, everything is progressing and close to the expectations.”
When asked if Renault was planning to adopt the Mercedes concept of a split turbine and compressor, Vasseur said: “It is a Renault concept…I think we don’t have to stick to the others on the engine.
“We made a very good improvement over the past six to eight months and if we want to do another step we need to change a little bit the concept. I think they did it.”
So will this mean that Renault will finally ascend to the top tier of the sport again? Only time will tell, but 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and anticipated seasons in recent memory.