Ferrari is pushing ahead with improving its turbo V6 engine and car after a faltering start to Formula 1’s new technical era. The Maranello squad was the only one of the sport’s three engine makers that did not manage to win a single Grand Prix in 2014.
Renault works team Red Bull Racing, plus Ferrari – and lately even Honda (partnering next year with McLaren – have admitted they want an end to the current development freeze that could see Mercedes’ dominance continue for years.
“F1 must be the ultimate expression of automotive technology,” new Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said recently, according to Italy’s Omnicorse.
“So I hope that we are able to release more powerful engines on the track but without jumping into the void of further driving up costs,” he added.
The publication said Ferrari has now started collaborating with the engine development giant AVL, even though the Austrian company has been more closely aligned with Red Bull Racing. Omnicorse said a team of AVL engineers is already at work at Maranello to develop the Italian marque’s V6 turbo-hybrid engine.
Another Italian publication, La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that the latest developments follow the radical shakeup at Ferrari, after Marchionne reportedly analyzed the 2015 project last October and concluded it was too similar to the underperforming 2014 car, the F14T.
The report said the 2015 car is unlikely to feature the unsightly ‘vacuum cleaner’ nose of this year’s car and will instead more closely resemble the front of the 2014 Red Bull Racing RB10.
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