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Renault Says Adieu To The V8 Engine

After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship said goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The highly optimised, ultra-high output, ultra-high speed, normally aspirated engines have now made way for the new turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 power units in 2014.

Renault is the most successful engine manufacturer of the V8 era, with five Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles (2006-2010-2011-2012-2013) of the possible eight crowns. With 59 wins, 65 pole positions and 55 fastest with the V8 engine, Renaultsport F1 finished the era in a blaze of glory.

Renault’s V8 vital statistics:

  • 2.4 L V8 (2006 to 2013)

  • 8 years of competition

  • 59 wins - 40% of wins in the V8 era

  • 65 pole positions

  • 55 fastest laps

  • 3665.5 points

  • 5 Constructors’ world titles

  • 5 Drivers’ world titles

  • 750bhp maximum power (2013 version, typical car installation, typical temp/pressure/humidity)

  • 18,000 rpm maximum engine speed (2013 version)

  • 95kg weight, FIA perimeter

  • 1,271 engines built, 683 for track use, 588 for dyno use 

  • >2 000 000 km total

  • >5 000 components per engine

  • >7 600 000 parts used

  • 21,800 pistons used

  • 43,200 inlet valves used

  • 45,900 exhaust valves used

  • 43,800 connecting-rod bolts fitted

  • 22,000 spark plugs used

  • 10,600 oil filters used

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