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2014 Engines for Formula 1: Will We See More Blowouts Next Year?

When Mark Webber’s Korean Grand Prix ended in a fiery blaze, it at first appeared as if his Red Bull had suffered a rare engine blowout. The reason for the fire was, in fact, due to an oil leak that dripped onto the exhaust, but it did get me thinking whether we will see more engine failures in 2014 with the introduction of the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 units. This season’s 2.4-litre normally aspirated V8 engines house a small KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). However, next year’s cars will have to fit in a much larger energy recovery system that not only harvests extra energy under braking like the current unit but also harnesses power through the heat energy in the exhaust. The current KERS unit releases energy at ...

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