Final yr, the French automobile producer elected to delay the introduction of a brand new engine to 2022 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
It means it’s utilizing simply an upgraded engine for this season, however that has given it additional time to judge wider scale adjustments for subsequent season.
One of many concepts being checked out is adopting the design that Mercedes pioneered in F1, of splitting the turbo and compressor components of the ability unit.
Ever for the reason that turbo hybrid period began, Mercedes elected to separate the 2 components so that they have been both facet of the inner combustion engine. They’re joined by a connecting shaft that runs between the within of the V-bank.
The advantages of the design are significantly better packaging alternatives, which has benefits for each weight distribution and aerodynamics.
Japanese producer Honda adopted the Mercedes design thought for 2017 as a part of a revamp of its efforts, whereas Ferrari can also be understood to be contemplating taking place that route for 2022.
Now Renault has confirmed that it too is trying on the thought – and up to date photographs of Fernando Alonso go to to Renault’s Viry engine services hinted to it having already tried out the break up turbo thought on its dyno services.
Renault F1’s engine chief Remi Taffin confirmed on Wednesday that such a change of idea was on the playing cards.
“The easy reply is sure,” he stated.
When requested by Autosport to make clear if it was more likely to occur, Taffin stated: “We could possibly be taking place that route….I am fairly certain you’ve got seen some photographs, so I am not going to lie. We’re evaluating.”
Renault says this yr’s engine, which can run behind the Alpine automobile, options modifications that have been initially deliberate mid-season in 2020 previous to issues being frozen due to the pandemic.
Taffin added: “We carried out the modifications we did [originally] forecast for mid season final yr into this yr. So it is extra of an evolution that we’d have in-season quite than over the winter.”