Renault Sport F1 will still be the official chassis-engine partner of Lotus F1 Team for 2014 and beyond. For the upcoming season, Renault will supply Lotus F1 with its cutting edge Energy F1-2014 Power Unit, which is designed for the radical new 2014 technical regulations, combining a V6 turbocharged direct injection internal combustion engine with two motor generator units that gather energy wasted in the exhaust gasses and brakes and deploy as both electrical and mechanical power.
The energy system is tagged to be over 35% more energy efficient than the previous V8 generation, thanks to its technical and sporting regulations that set a fuel flow limit of 100kg/h and maximum quantity of 100kg of fuel permitted per race.
The partnership extension continues the long history of collaboration between the two entities that began in 1995 when Renault supplied its legendary V10 to Benetton, the team’s name back then.
Just in the first year of partnership, they were able to grab the Constructors’ world title. Renault F1 Team emerged in 2002 after Renault acquired the team, with Enstone being the headquarters for chassis operations and Viry-Châtillon the base for engine activities. Under the Renault banner, Fernando Alonso grabbed world titles in 2005 and 2006.