Honeywell 1.6L V6 turbo engine ensures stable finish for Ferrari at 1st 2014 GP
Reliability was a strong point for Ferrari in the first GP of 2014. And there is always room for improvement to see the new complex power unit work at its best.
Increasing F14 T efficiency is key at the moment as explained by Scuderia’s Technical Director, James Allison, “While we can take some satisfaction from the reliability shown by the F14T, it is clear that we have our work cut out to improve our car in order to compete on equal terms with the Mercedes team. There is plenty about the F14T that is working very well: The starts and the pace in the corners – especially the high speed ones – are particular strong points, but we need to work further on the stability under braking and the speed on the straights.”
He added, “All the recent seasons in F1 have been characterised by a fierce development battle from March until November. With all the new regulations this year, the opportunities to improve the car are legion and we can expect the race to improve the cars to be even more intense than normal.” “Our competitiveness was not acceptable in Melbourne,” concludes Allison. “But we intend to fight our way back up the grid with the improvements that we will bring to the car.”
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Turbo Technologies boost Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 engines in 2014 marking a new technical era with rules changes that revolve around a turbocharged car using a 1.6L V6 engine as compared to a 2.4L naturally-aspirated V8 configuration used from 2006 through 2013. The new 1.6L engine produces power equal to that of a production Honeywell turbocharged 16L commercial vehicle engine and is downsized and designed with energy recovery tech to support other systems in the race car.
“To win in Formula 1, our powertrain system must have no weak links,” said Luca Marmorini, Scuderia Ferrari Engine and Electronics Director. “To ensure that, we choose partners with impeccable reputations and experience in delivering innovative, high quality products and services. Honeywell’s turbochargers helped us find the downsizing solutions we needed to meet the new rules without compromising the performance.”
The 2014 engine formula imbibes heat energy recovery, which could shape more advanced passenger vehicles in due course of time. Downsizing and turbocharging looks to improve fuel economy and emissions whiel optimizing driving performance.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with the most successful team in the history of Formula 1 on what is an extremely challenging new rules package which brings turbocharging to the forefront of this motor racing series once again,” said Honeywell Vice President of Advanced Technologies and Motorsport Gavin Donkin. “Honeywell has a 60-year legacy of developing turbocharger technology leveraging our jet engines business within Honeywell. It continues to be a tangible point of differentiation for Honeywell Turbo to the point where we’ve joked with Scuderia Ferrari that given the sophistication of the turbos we are providing, that many of us consider them to be our lowest altitude aerospace customer.”