Ferrari V6 F1 Engine Already Up and Running

Renault F1 Engine for 2013 1 photo
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The age of the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engines is approaching fast and Ferrari, which is expected to be one of the only three engine suppliers in F1 (along with Renault and Mercedes-Benz), are already running prototype engines on the test bench.
According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, Ferrari’s V6 turbo program is so far along that they’re not only working with prototypes any more. Next season (2013) will be the final year when V8 engines will be allowed, because as of 2014, all teams will be forced to shift to smaller, more efficient and turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engines.

Now Ferrari isn’t the only manufacturer to have started development of the V6, despite the fact that its introduction is still three years away, as Renault Sport’s Rob White said "We have now run a V6 and the programme is more or less in line with our planning." - it seems that Renault and Ferrari have gained an advantage over the Germans.

The last of the three engine manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce the start of the V6 program, but they will undoubtedly do so soon, to try and keep up with the other two manufacturers, in terms of development and testing time allocated to the project.
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