The engine and transmission of a modern Formula One car are some of the most highly stressed pieces of machinery on the planet. Engine power outputs in Formula One racing are also a fascinating insight into how far the sport has moved on. In the 1950s Formula One cars were managing specific power outputs of around 100 bhp / litre (about what a modern 'performance' road car can manage now). That figure rose steadily until the arrival of the 'turbo age' of 1.5 litre turbo engines, some of which were producing anything up to 750 bhp / litre. Then, once the sport returned to
Renault has confirmed the creation of Renault Sport F1 following the decision to sell its stake in the F1 team carrying its name. Renault sold its minority stake in the Enstone-based outfit to Genii Capital, with the resulting partnership with Group Lotus leading to the creation of the Lotus Renault GP team. The move means Renault will now focus on its role as an engine supplier to Lotus Renault, Red Bull Racing and Team Lotus while Renault Sport F1 will also work on a range of other technological advancements for use in the sport. While Enstone will remain the home of the F1 team, Renault Sport F1 will be based at Viry-Châtillon with Bernard Rey holding the position of chairman. Red Bull has been using Renault engines for four seasons and has extended the partnership for a further two years. Renault will supply engines and technological support to Lotus Renault GP. 1 Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Ltd, which made its F1 debut in 2010, will use a Renault engine and Red Bull Technology transmission.