TOTAL & RENAULT SPORT F1 TEAM
The two French groups have a shared competitive history stretching back more than 35 years, when the first Renault Formula 1 car took to the track in 1977. The partnership has since yielded 11 constructors’ titles and 10 drivers’ crowns across three different engine eras. This success is due to an excellent working relationship on all levels and one sole objective: to win at the highest level of motorsport.
Over the years of collaboration, the competitive spirit and dedication of Renault and Total have created several innovative solutions to flourish in the complex landscape of Formula 1. Latterly the duo have taken on the test posed by the 2014 technical regulations, which require a V6 1.6 litre turbocharged engine coupled to potent energy systems. With a double limitation on onboard fuel mass and flow (100kg and 100kg/h respectively), the challenge has been to improve fuel consumption with no power drop off. The combination of Total’s innovations in fuel and lubricants technology and Renault’s engine creativity has created a radical alchemy. The new units are 35% more efficient than the previous V8 generation while matching the power output. In short, the power units are the most energy efficient power plants to ever be used in competitive motorsport and amongst the most powerful.
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“We are naturally very pleased to continue our hugely successful and enjoyable relationship with Total. Over the years of collaboration we have achieved unrivalled success as an engine supplier and a great deal of that success is due to our partners, Total. We have now been in this historic partnership for 35 years. There are many expectations from Renault and from our team partners, so Total is expected but they have quite the means to meet our expectations.Total demonstrated its capacity to adapt and produce outstanding technical products. Never one to rest on its laurels, it continued to push the boundaries and introduced significant upgrades throughout the season to allow Renault and its partners to make substantial performance steps at each race. “
We must find the best compromise, we must create the best car.
And that is why by working with Renault Sport F1 hand in hand we seek what could be the next compromise for fuel, lubricants, along with the engine and the chassis, so that all works as best as possible. Straight from the beginning of each projects decided by Renault Sport, we are invited to discuss and propose solutions and that’s a real exchange that defines the specifications of the oil we will try to ensure both performance and reliability.
Once all the lights are green in terms of performance and reliability, the decision is made to start manufacturing for a period of several Grand Prix, and the machine has been set in motion, Total take over and ensue delivery products on all Grand Prix of the world.
(About TOTAL): “They are constantly aware of our evolutions and that’s why we design prototypes with them, we try different oils, different fuels, which are linked with different design elements, such as the combustion chamber or conrod bearings for example. So all of this is interacting and we have regular meetings with them to check the progress and success of these developments.”
“We are here to win and I think TOTAL has the same will to win, that’s why they work in the same direction as us, and provide us with high tech products”
I think it’s the biggest transformation in Formula 1 that we have experienced for 30 years to test our products in Formula 1, it’s like a laboratory of the extreme, which enables us to select new ideas that we can then apply to products definition for consumer product lines
The main idea is energy efficiency. When we talk about energy efficiency, we talk about hybrid engine. This is primarily a combustion engine which is associated to a turbocharger. The turbocharger is equipped with an electric engine which recovers energy that is usually wasted by exhausts, and is reused here. And this electrical energy is returned to a second electric engine which is connected with the combustion engine to the wheels, and also help push forward the car, just as the regular engine.
With the new V6 power unit, the lubricant circuit is clearly more complex, because there are many more parts to be lubricated