Red Bull pulls out the computer-generated stops in this video, explaining in amazing graphic detail the changes within Formula One’s 2014 rulebook. The changes are numerous and extensively alter the race cars’ makeup, but as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel elaborate in the short video, will make the cars more powerful, fuel efficient, and safer.
The main changes consist of a new nose, front wing, rear wing, engine, transmission, and enhanced energy recovery system. Starting with the engine, the V-8 and seven-speed transmission are swapped out for a turbocharged 1.6-liter, V-6 and new eight-speed gearbox. The V-6 features a higher compression ratio, a massive turbo and a new rev limiter set to 15,000 rpm. However, teams are now allotted only five complete engines per season rather than eight.
Helping the V-6 out is the energy recovery system. It now has two generator units producing an extra 160 horsepower on top of the 600 horsepower from the engine. The new generator gathers rotational energy from a turbo-like spool within the exhaust system while the carryover generator still uses regenerative braking. Collecting all that power is a battery pack capable of holding 10 times the amount of energy – giving the car 33 seconds of battery power per lap over the 6.6 seconds of the outgoing unit.
The Formula One season begins March 14 in Melbourne, Australia and will continue through the end of November.