Thursday, December 26, 2013
Vintage and Exotic Car Restoration Livermore - Ferrari launches 2014 Formula One engine, tests it in a LaFerrari? [w/videos] - FZ Restoration - 925-294-5666
Ferrari is the last of the three engine manufacturers remaining in Formula One to reveal its 2014 power unit. Called the 059/3, like the Mercedes and Renault units it is a turbocharged, 1.6-liter V6 further boosted by an energy recovery system that is twice as powerful as before. The 2013 KERS was good for 80 horsepower, could power the car for six seconds and reduce a lap time by about 0.3 seconds. For 2014, the energy recovery system puts out 160 hp, powers the car for 30 seconds on full batteries and, according to Ferrari, can shave a massive three seconds per lap.
The car that surrounds this engine doesn't have a name yet – that will be chosen by Ferrari's social media followers in January from a selection of names provided by the Scuderia.
Ferrari didn't provide an audio sample of the power unit at its introduction, but a brief video taken at Fiorano has led folks to believe that the team has been testing the engine in a revised LaFerrarichassis. The clip shows a camouflaged version of the marque's new supercar fitted with a roof intake and sounding nothing at all like a V12 as it takes the hairpin and powers onto the straight.
You'll find videos below of the engine and its details, along with the LaFerrari mule and press releases from Ferrari and Shell with all the details you could want on what will power the scarlet cars in Australia in March of next year.
by Jonathon Ramsey